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Friday, May 28, 2010

My Husband's Grotesquely Huge Buns

You didn't think this would actually be a picture of my husband's back side did you?! Heaven forefend! I'm not that type of chick although I guess I am a bit of tease luring people in with this title.

My husband decided to make a really nice meal with turkey and rolls. The whole nine yards. Like it's Thanksgiving. He does that every once in awhile just because. Well, I went out into the kitchen and noticed that the yeast on the rolls had worked a little too well. So as soon as I took some photos, I popped them into the oven. One of them was already starting to fall and droop over the side before I got them in.

As you can see they were so large, I ran out of saran wrap and had to resort to tinfoil. I will say this they were tasty!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Butterfly Rescue

Here are some shots of the butterfly I managed to free from the bottom of the habitat. The first one shows how he was stuck. The other two are after shots. If you look really closely at the last shot, you can see that the wing closest to the camera has a downward tilt. It looks bent. That's the wing that was stuck to the floor of the habitat. I'm not sure it ever got right. I came in the next day, and he was back on the bottom of the cage and the kids told me he was dead. The teacher confirmed it. I was leaning towards dead, too, since I hadn't seen him move for a couple of days even when I blew on him (not trying to be cruel) and the other butterflies came to pester him.

So sure enough this morning he's batting away the other butterflies. He's nothing if not determined. So I thought I'll just have him climb on my finger again and get him off the floor again. So he climbs back onto my finger. The wing stayed behind. Sigh. I thought he was stuck to the floor because he couldn't use his bad wing to flap himself back upright. Nope. Now I think he fell off his perch and the wing got stuck from the water I had sprayed on it. Double sigh.

On another note, we had one more hatch, and it was hanging on to its chrysalis, but I noticed yesterday it had fallen to the floor before it even got it's wings developed. I haven't seen it move at all, so I'm pretty sure that one is dead.

So that's 4 out of 5 - 4.5 out of 5? Just goes to show that even when you try to make nature pretty, it can still be quite ugly.





Wednesday, May 26, 2010

What Lurks Behind the Fridge

Below are a few before and after photos of my refrigerator. I decided a couple of weeks ago that I was going to move it and clean behind it. I expected a few dust bunnies and what not. What I didn't expect was the pop stain. I'm pretty sure that's what it was. It had dripped along the side of the fridge and the cabinet next to it. It had formed a big sticky pool to which all kinds of dust and gunk had stuck. I would think that if a person were to knock pop over on the counter and said spill were to cascade down the side of the cabinet like a waterfall, that one would move the fridge and clean it up. Maybe not right then, but possibly the next weekend? We've found some pop stains along the air vents on the floor and in some of the closets too. I don't ask, I just keep cleaning.




Friday, May 21, 2010

Skywatch Friday - Tripple Tree Trail

Tripple Tree Trail is a very beautiful hike through foothills and a forest. While the view is breathtaking at times, it is not the only thing worth watching out for. This trail sees all kinds of wildlife throughout the year. It's calving grounds for elk and deer. It attacts bears in the fall due to a concentration of berries they eat to store fat for hibernation. And then there's my favorite: mountain lions.

Mind you, I've heard a mountain lion while hiking twice now. Once in Leverich Canyon. Now, once in this canyon. No, I don't have pictures. Being a lone hiker, in both cases, I hightailed it out of there. In fact, this time, I was fortunate to share some of the down route with a family that was out hiking. The claim is your chances for being seen as a meal are less if you are in a large group. So a big thank you to them!

Check out some possibly less dangerous skies from around the world at: Skywatch Friday.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Whatever Happened to JBs?

It's always fascinating to me when moments are frozen in time. One moment normal life is going on then bam some event interupts the flow. There sit all the accessories of daily life as if people will be back to use them soon.

So when we came across the fact that the JBs had closed, I could not resist photographing the interior. It looks like dinner could be served tonight. In fact, as the last photo shows, there's a pancakes, eggs and bacon special.

The signs on the door offer no explanation as to what happened. I can only hazard a guess that it had something to do with the economy. And of course, this lack of explanation only adds to the allure of the mystery.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sundays in My City - Splashing Weather

Unknown Mami hosts Sundays in My City. Stop by and tour other cities around the world.

My contribution is due to the change in weather. It's been near summer temperatures here in Bozeman, MT the last couple of days. And so the guys got the sprinkler out and put it under the trampoline and went jumping. I'm not as much for soggy clothes, but I sure do love the water patterns and rainbows all the activity creates.

My Awesome Mother's Day Gift

I realize it's a week late, but I'm a bit behind. My husband and son got me these beautiful flowers. My husband bought the vase at Bonanzle.com. The following link takes you to that seller's page: Asmat Collection. I really like the way the bright colors of the vase compliment the bouquet and really bring the whole arrangement to life.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Celebrating a Year's Worth of Mess

I can't hardly believe it. I've been doing Mess of the Month for a whole year! I've put together some collages to celebrate.

First though is May's Mess of the Month, 2010 edition. I didn't want to break the cycle. It's not too bad. My son's having a friend over, so I've got it in a position where it can get cleaned up this weekend.

Check out April's Mess!

Metamorphosis

I'd like to say thank you to Hilary over at The Smitten Image for giving me this Post of the Week Award.  Check out the award winning photography below.  And go by Hilary's blog as well for some more awesome photography.


One of the teachers I work for is currently on the butterfly section of science. She was gracious enough to let me take a few shots. I also got to help set up the butterfly habitat and tape the chysalises to the top of it. Some days I can't believe they pay me to do my job! So without farther ado, I present the lifecycle of the painted lady butterfly. Well, part of it anyway.


J-Formation:  The caterpillar goes into this shape just before shedding it's skin and going into the chrysalis form.  I thought it was dead.  I always think insects are dead in their pupal or pre-pupal form.  I learn a lot on my job.
Here the caterpillar is in the middle of transforming into the chrysalis stage. I was working away and I look up 20 minutes later, and he's half done. So obviously, he's not dead. That was cool because I've never seen a caterpillar change over before.


This is a fully formed chysalis. The more I look at it, the more I can see the caterpillar that once was and some attributes of the butterfly that will be. Very cool.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

As The Snow Melts

A few shots I took while the weather attempted to turn to spring. The snow actually began to melt and the trees began to bud. Summer will be here eventually.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Insanity Is Thy Name

Recently, during screen free week, I rediscovered my love of jigsaw puzzles. So I dug this out of the closet and started working on it again. I've been trying to finish it for 4 years now, off and on. Hopefully this time I have the patience to see it through.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Urban Wildlife

There's some house sparrows that fly around the Bob Ward's Sign in our town. I can't tell if they've built nests under there. Can't see them if so. They're too cute, though, and I was lucky enough to get some really good photos of them a couple of weekends ago. The female has a tree seed in her mouth.

Sundays in My City - A Tribute to Mom

First off a Happy Mother's Day to Unknown Mami who hosts Sundays in My City.

Today, I wanted to say thank you to my mom as well, so I put a little twist on the post and used a photo she took of me when I was small.  This was taken when I was three years old (1969) after a large snow storm had hit my hometown of Charles City, Iowa.  It's one of my favorite shots due to the scale of the snowdrift and the height of myself and then you get a third layer with the cat at my feet.  My mom will always tell you she's not so good with the camera, but I think this shot is pretty brilliant.  Too bad I wasn't such a cooperative subject, I slightly remember being grumpy about the whole affair. 

Well hopefully, Mom, this tribute to the woman behind the camera will make up for that afternoon.  Love you!


I’d like to take a moment and thank my Mom. She’s the reason there are so many photos of me as a child. Me, me with the cat and especially me with my Dad. And since she’s the one behind the camera most of the time, there aren’t as many pictures of us together when I was younger. A trend that carried on once I had my son. So here’s a big Happy Mother’s Day to my Mom and all the other Moms out there who are present, not so much in the print left behind, but in the fact that it exists at all.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

A Picnic At The Dump

The Kid's Can Bring Their Toys!


We Can Have a BBQ!




Then we can wash up using state of the art facilities!