Category Archives: St. Louis

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-spottedย 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 intoย 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!

August Highlights 2017

A trip to North Carolina, back to school, a birthday, football, an eclipse: why not jam it all into one post?!

Into the smokey mountains

And note: no ipads/phones/screens of any kind on the 10 hour drive; it is still possible for kids to be bored on road trips. haha Staring out the window is underrated, right?!

Duck in Montreat, NC

Another

Farewell to camp! The Spy enjoyed a whole month there this summer.

I painted this with my camp bestie in 1999! (its the floor of a girls’ cabin)

We enjoyed a misty hike

One little pop of color!

Likin this lichen

Almost there!

We tried to do this hike a few years ago but didn’t make it to the falls (the whole thing was straight uphill) it took us nearly 3 hours to get up to the falls.

Which were somewhat underwhelming but I’m never going to complain about a hike/nature!

Fuzzy mushroom

We also took a little walk around Asheville (we all much preferred the woods).

Asheville Selfie

 

Street bubble

Once home…

Time to start school! (6th grade!!)

And kindergarten!

Then,

Happy Birthday!

She got a bunny leash hahahahahahah

VERY ENTERTAINING

Show Rabbit

And here comes the next victim

Bahahahaha

And on to…

Football!

He dragged this kid along 15 more yards into the endzone!!

Very hot!

And today we saw the solar eclipse which was very cool.

Totally cool!

Springing, Swinging

Withering tulip

Old, new

Spy Garden 4.10.17: in an effort to not be a perfectionist I have not cropped out the neighbor’s trashcans or the powerlines (which I normally do: is that crazy?! hahaah)

And is it really perfectionism or just creating a harmonious composition?!

Harvesting…

Lots of edible wild things; dandelions and their greens, henbit, violets, dock (made into a delicious salad)

Keeping the asparagus patch well-picked

Love how these tulips look even when withering away

Loads of garlic; in this shot you can see an older (probably 3 year old) garlic plant in the foreground and then one and two year old plants in the background

Young spring garlic (used the same as regular garlic, just not in clove form yet!)

Tomatoes!

It is very early for tomatoes to go in the ground so I left some inside under the grow lights but since it has been so warm and I had so many seedlings I went ahead and risked it; so we’ll see! Our average last frost date is April 21st but it has been a very mild winter.

New sights on the same old trails

Old kiln

May Apple I

May Apple II

Garden ready for planting

Dogwood

“Are those even real?”

Cardinal (female)

Chattering male Cardinal saying “GO CARDS!”

Opening week at Busch Stadium!

I hadn’t been to a game in a few years and it was so cool to see this; I once worked at Perficient! (a local IT company)

One of his friends got to throw out the first pitch!

Cardinal-red tulip

Ballpark village (seen from inside the stadium)

Another view of the Perficient Perch

More Cardinal red!

Lots of blue down there (Cubs fans)

We sat with his baseball team and who knew 11 year olds were so skilled in trash-talking! Ha!

Tigers opening week!

Tigers colors!

Playing third base

Happy Spring; hope your week is off to a good start!