Oh, man am I stir crazy! I have already decorated for Halloween!
It started as just decorating for fall. I swear. Elliott saw the halloween decorations in the totes and was ecstatic. Basically, I couldn’t bring myself to stop him. Dane had left and I had promised we weren’t putting out Halloween decor. Graciously, when Dane saw the excitement Elliott had showing him all the things ELLIOTT had put out, he couldn’t squash it either. Although, moving from a small house to a larger house they were pitiful. It started a monster in me and here are the ‘current’ results. 🙂
Links to purchase coming soon until later tonight enjoy the eye candy!
I think its beyond healthy (within reason) to have a hobby besides being a mom. Mine is gardening. I love to be outdoors. Being in nature can 180 my mood.
Ive loved gardening since I turned 6 and my neighbor bought me mums to plant for my birthday. Possibly to hinder me from picking her flowers, but we’ll never know.
I watched the ants in at first horror that they were on my moms peonies. Only to learn they are part of the process. Accepting that bugs are an instrument & not all “bad”.
One bug that seemed to allude me was the caterpillar. I remember one that became a wasp. We tried once more but caterpillars don’t eat grass who knew 🤷♀️. But truly I only remember 2 my whole childhood.
I imagine we didn’t have many caterpillars or butterflies because of all the “iscides” used not only in our yard in the 90’s but the farming community as a whole.
When we moved into our place the old man that lived here before had plants and trees to welcome the hummingbirds. I added more of my favorites. Doing my best to have something blooming most of the season. I didn’t notice butterflies but I wasn’t looking.
Id say it wasn’t until I was pregnant that I noticed caterpillars. I banned pesticides and herbicides that year. I enjoy being barefoot in the yard.
Last year though was the year. I believe I saw a swallowtail. From there I slipped into a butterfly photography & identification rabbit hole. I learned my garden was already a decent butterfly and larva host spot. So I have begun to added add and add to further that as well as invite the butterflies I haven’t seen into my yard.
Here are some of my favorite pictures from this year and last.
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