Thursday, August 25, 2011

We’ve been traveling

Sorry that I haven't posted anything for awhile…but…we’ve been traveling.

To see my Dad, Jim’s daughter, granddaughter and great grandson in NY.

My 2 sons and 2 grandkids in VT.

Trail riding on horseback in Otter Creek, NY.   ( Thanks so much Tom and Regina for taking us camping with you and loaning me the use of Tom’s horse for a few days.)

Visited my sister in TN, along with her daughter and family.  One of the highlights was watching her grandson, Kevin, race his Motocross Motorcycle. He finished 3rd in one event and my sister called today and told me he had a 2nd last night. He is really doing great!

We returned home to a nicely mowed lawn …but  a lot of weed eating.

The camper is almost unpacked and will finish up tomorrow.

My Giant Milkweeds are growing like crazy. I found 3 Monarch caterpillars and 2 Queen caterpillars the first day home. The Butterfly House is back in action! I saw a female Monarch laying eggs on the plants outside so there will be more.

This is the Giant Milkweed on 5.26.11                 The one on the L is the same plant

007cs              135cs

It’s amazing how they come back.

These Queen caterpillars are on leaves that are the same size..about 5” long.  The one on the L is about 1 day old and the one on the R is at least 5 or 6 days old. It will be going to the top before long.


Home 2 days and I’ve already found 7 Queens and 18 Monarch caterpillars.

All  but one of my birdfeeders were empty. I left the “hot wire” unplugged when I filled the “Sky Café” before we left. It is normally good for a couple of months.  The squirrels couldn’t get to it but the raccoons must have.

So..that’s the update.  Hope to have something more interesting to add before long.


  1. Always nice to visit family and friends. Sounds like you had a good time. Glad your back and taking care of the caterpillars and butterflies.

  2. You managed to see a lot of different people and covered quite a bit of territory and it sounds like you enjoyed yourselves. It's always good to be home though and back in the swing of things. The caterpillars will be glad you're back.

  3. Glad that you had a good time catching up with family. Looking forward now to following the life cycles again of the butterflies. Keep well Diane

  4. Good to see you back Carol. Sounds like you had a great time.
    Good to hear the Monarchs continue to do well.


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