Category Archives: Painting

Feeling Like Fall

Cotton

The garden is chock-full of weeds but there are always still many wonderful things to find even in an extremely neglected garden.

What can we find in here?

Favorite!!!

Monarchs are so special; their delicate butterfly-ness coupled with a crazy long distance migration, their turquoise and gold-spotted chrysalises, etc., etc. So when we saw a bunch (I think 8 total) we decided to try and raise a few to watch them closely.

Plenty of milkweed for eating!

And…

GAHHhhh!!! One already turned into a cocoon!

This picture is not the best but not to worry: when the other two turn into chrysalises, I plan on gently removing this top piece and taking approximately 735 photos of them with varied lightings and backgrounds. Babyzilla also wanted in on the action but chose a:

Tomato Hornworm

And named it “Wilbert”.

These turn into Sphinx moths

Wilbert hasn’t been cared for quite as carefully as the monarchs. (e.g. I stepped on him when he was crawling across the living room floor). Fortunately I have high arches and he was not crushed. That was a few days ago and he is still munching away at tomatoes/tomato leaves in a glass container. Outside.

Stay tuned for updates!

In other news, the Spy’s football team played their biggest rival (last year they lost to them twice, though it was very close) and they won 12-6!!

Football boy

Going,

Going,

Gone!

80 yard run after an interception! He also scored the second touchdown!

So happy!

And the 6th grade team has their own 6th grade cheerleaders; so cute

Winners of “The Battle of 109”!

‘Zilla has been working on her equestrian skills.

Learning to hold the reins

Our friend’s new horse, Peter

Horsie hug

Watch and learn, Peter! (He hasn’t been broken yet but seems quite eager)

Nice form!

Learning to steer

Yay!

We’ve also been crafting a little and channelled the 90s with some puffy paint:

And some homemade Gak. I was not involved with this one. haha

Close?

Little bouquet

Bunny tootsies

Stick bug

Moon…

Flower

Cotton Ball (I assume the cotton will pop out of this)

Tomato “Copia”

Lambs quarter turning pink

And note the fall light; its like the perfect photography studio!

Thank you for visiting and hope you all are enjoying the first bit of fall!

Late September in Spy Garden

Beautiful early fall

Beautiful early fall

Frothy masses in the garden. You say weeds, I say prairie!

Frothy masses in the garden. You say weeds, I say prairie!

Dinnerplate Dalia about to bloom

Dinnerplate Dalia about to bloom

Cooling off (we've still had a few hot days)

Cooling off (we’ve still had a few hot days)

Scoring a touchdown (one of three!) in the first official game of the season!

Scoring a touchdown (one of three!) in the first official game of the season!

I see you...

I see you…

Tussock moth caterpillar

Tussock moth caterpillar

Thanks to Eliza for the ID on these!

Thanks to Eliza for the ID on these!

I heart our bunnies!!

I heart our bunnies!!

A perfect trap

A perfect trap

Mushroom

Mushroom

White dragons egg cucumber from the garden

White dragons egg cucumber from the garden

Very vibrant caterpillar

Very vibrant caterpillar

Check out all the paw paws! Collected on a run.

Check out all the paw paws! They taste kind of like banana and are quite seedy like persimmons.

Mushrooms

Mushrooms

Fall colors

Fall colors

Splatter painting in Sunday school (it was a lesson about forgiveness)

Splatter painting in Sunday school (it was a lesson about forgiveness)

The rule was "Don't get any paint on the black!" (obviously impossible)

The rule was “Don’t get any paint on the black!” (obviously impossible)

Then after the kids were done, I re-painted over all the black parts real quick while they went inside (the lesson related to how God takes sin away)…and…

Ta-da!

Ta-da!

Painting, on a different day

Painting, on a different day

Celosia

Celosia

Hope you all are having a nice week!