New Dawn, New Day

Guess what time it is, guys!? YEAH, MONARCH TIME!


Kinda funny that I'd jusssst complained about my milkweed not doing so well over the winter, and that I hadn't seen any new cats in soooo long - like literally THAT DAY I glanced out the window to see a monarch fly by <3 Checking the garden I found a couple teensy cats on the scraggly ass milkweed, and so I set off to the nursery intending to replenish my plants with big new healthy ones. WELL. The nursery was OUT! they seriously had ONE MILKWEED PLANT left and I grabbed that pot up like it was a container fulla gold! The weekend (being of the sunny lovely springtime type in Florida) had cleared them right out, so in fact I was really lucky to score that one. And it must have been for a reason, because ...

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newly laid monarch egg on underside of milkweed leaf

newly laid monarch egg on underside of milkweed leaf

munch munch munch - 3rd instar&nbsp;eating all that milkweed

munch munch munch - 3rd instar eating all that milkweed

making a "J" - getting settled in to pupate

making a "J" - getting settled in to pupate

pupa case complete! check back in 7-10 days to see who comes out

pupa case complete! check back in 7-10 days to see who comes out

Pretty and pretty gosh-darn awesome, right? All the pics are of the same monarch caterpillar EXCEPT the first one of the egg - that was either one that came attached to the new plant I bought, or was quickly laid there by a mama monarch that came by the afternoon I put the plant in the yard :) But the other three images are of the first cat I'd seen in the garden - and if we've read the "signs" correctly - we've determined it's gonna be a girl! >> Sexing a Monarch Pupa

So, I will be keeping tabs and will be back in about a week to letcha know what we get!

Hello, Monday!

Hello and good Monday morning!

Couple things - I'm gonna be doing a pretty in-depth "my first month on essential oils" roundup post in the next day or so (I'm try'na get it edited DOWN to a managable chunk!) and also, in the coming weeks - am kinda redesigning and refocusing the blog and website. I've made some changes since the beginning of the year, but some of my priorities have changed again even since THEN, and I am working that into the site as I go. Really, it isn't going to seem, sound or feel very different - kinda just a backstage change thing for me. But it will definitely include MORE! pictures, more posts, more interaction and , i dunno, just - MORE -in general I guess :D

So until next time - here's a few recent fave photos from my ongoing Nature 365 project!

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Female cardinal perched on the birdbath in my side yard

Female cardinal perched on the birdbath in my side yard

African&nbsp;Weaver bird nesting at Disney's Animal Kingdom park

African Weaver bird nesting at Disney's Animal Kingdom park

Baby Mediterranean / Common House Gecko I found under leaf litter in my yard!

Baby Mediterranean / Common House Gecko I found under leaf litter in my yard!

Spiderweb Sunrise

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UNDULATE - photo by Michelle Pryde, Orlando FL June 19, 2014

I loathe and detest spiders (ack. sorry - just, NO.) but hey, even I can appreciate the hard work that goes into making one of these beauties. Especially when Mr or Ms Legs so graciously builds where the web will be backlit by the sunrise. SO! thanks, yacreepycrawliesecondscariestonlynexttoclownscreature

*also I kinda feel bad that the first time my windchimes (where s/he tethered the other side of the web) catch a breeze, this whole house is gonna come tumbling down ... but - whatchagonnado!? {shrug}

Have a great day!