Sunday, May 30, 2010

Hay, everyone!

In front of our mill

Happy Memorial Day weekend! Hope it's been a good one so far for you. Isn't it wonderful when you have a three day weekend? :-) Lots of bales of hay can be seen all around town and in the countryside these days. I love the different shapes of the bales - round, small rectangle and very large rectangle. Pretty cool to drive over a hill and see the fields dotted with these. Stay cool out there!


Sunday, May 23, 2010

Caterpillars & Butterflies

Caterpillar legs

This season seems to be packed with beautiful creatures of all sizes. I love butterflies but before they become those beautiful creatures, they are these multi-legged caterpillars that aren't really my favorite things to encounter. I don't kill them; I just don't want them on me. Yet, for some reason, karma or self-fulfilling prophecy or chance or wicked joke of Mother Nature...they end up on me at times or I see them a mile away, wiggling across the road or near the hives in the bee yards. lol

So, I don't know why but I've been wondering what drives these caterpillars to cross the roads as they are doing now. A LOT OF THEM. Especially on the way to Gonzales. We see many fuzzy caterpillars booking it across. What makes them do that, I wonder. Anyway, they have been turning into pretty butterflies that flutter all over the place, especially out in the countryside. A friend pondered aloud on Friday what butterflies eat. I was happy to tell him that I know the ones we've seen enjoy nectar from flowers, just as the bees do. So, they are competing with our bees for food! Good thing there's plenty to go around this year.


Saturday, May 22, 2010

Family Project

Daddy in DC

Tribute to my parents continue! :-) This is my dad and he still has the same smile now that he did back then. What struck me in this shot is how much like my dad my oldest brother looks! Whoa. I'm over halfway done with the scanning project - woohoo! My deadline is coming fast so I'm glad I got over the hump.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Hot, humid, wonderful.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Project Picture Scans

Mom & Dad

Sorry but I am on a pressing scanning project and I have a deadline! So I won't have time to tend to this blog except here and there, as you can tell. ;-)

I have my parents' family album - one left - and I need to scan everything in for everyone in the family before we head to FL, when I need to return the album after having it for toooooo long. This is a shot of my parents shortly after we came over to the states. It's one of the only times we actually had formal portraits done as a family. There is one of nine out of ten of us but that 8x10 is hanging on their wall and I'm not carrying our scanner on the plane, unfortunately. I really would love that one! I need to find someone there with a scanner, don't I?

I hope you all are having a great spring so far. We are getting plenty of rain and everything is beautifully lush. I love the greenness of things all around. The only thing I don't like is the humidity lately and the mosquitos. :-o

Friday, May 14, 2010

Sky Watch Friday

Cool clouds on landscape setting

Been a busy week with travel involved so I thought I'd try and catch up here real quick before bedtime. Gotta get up early for a workout tomorrow to get some of my birthday celebration off! :-) Hope you all have a wonderful weekend...rain or shine. At least we got a good shower in to water everything. Yay!

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Sky Watch

Cool old tree

Happy end of the week, everyone! Made it. :-) This is a shot of a cool scene we enjoyed while riding around the countryside around Seguin. It's a lovely time to do that so we go out every weekend in order to bask in the sun and soak in the wildlife, wildfflowers and everything mother nature has to offer up this spring. It's absolutely beautiful.

Check out the other Sky Watchers this week!

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Butterflies Galore


Here's another something I notice we have an abundance of this spring - butterflies! They are everywhere! And of course, so are the favorites. Not! :-)

Monday, May 03, 2010

Swarm Caution

Bee colony

Just another warning to be careful out there with all the bees. While most are gentle, when disturbed, they may become agitated. The wonderful weather means food galore for the bees this year. That's wonderful, but it also means there have been a lot of swarms. This evening we went to check out some bees (not in a swarm) that had colonized in the wall of a garage. Mark was trying to be helpful but that is likely the last time we do that sort of bee collecting. They sure got unhappy with us. Bee careful!! ;-) (couldn't resist)