Friday, August 31, 2012
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
insane Zinnia courtesy of the one and only Nisse Hope.
Monday, August 27, 2012
We had to have a drink at the Purple Moose Saloon because what are you going to do? NOT have a drink at a place called the Purple Moose??
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Summer Vacation 2012, we got home from work on Sunday evening and quickly got to prepping. What ensued would be a great gathering of friends from all aspects of our lives, together and having a good time in the back yard as we snacked and grilled and drank to our hearts delight. It was a wonderful evening and we thank everyone for coming over and helping us properly christen our new home. Special thanks to Jose who couldn't make it but still hooked us up with this killer cake which has been satisfying the sugar fix steady since then. A Happy Barbeque it was, and the first of many good times to come in our comfy home.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
To have my own garden after thirteen years in the industry I am beside myself, as you might imagine. So don't worry, plenty of more pics from the home garden will follow. For me it's about process, the adventure and what you learn from it that makes you a different person than you were before. Of course that being said I want the garden to be better and bigger and faster growing already. I suppose one of the reasons I love horticulture so is because it teaches me about patience. I am always quick to remind people that "time takes time", and I see now how much I need to listen to my own advice. The challenge will be to post the imperfect pics since I've only become more of a perfectionist. But we'll get there.
A few weeks ago I added some Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed) to the garden. A great sun-loving perennial, deer resistant and loved by butterflies, they grow to a couple feet and produce clusters of these bright orange flowers. To the left of the flower you can see the interesting seed pods that follow the flower.
Then one evening I was out back watering and to my surprise I found a number of caterpillars going to town on the foliage and seed pods of the butterfly weed. Right away I knew they were Monarch Butterfly caterpillars. As a child one of the all-time best teachers in early grade school was a woman named Sister Pat. I remember one year she raised monarch butterflies in her classroom, starting with the caterpillars eating some kind of milkweed (also Asclepias). To be a little kid and see how this caterpillar metamorphosized into this beautiful monarch butterfly we would then draw and write about obviously stuck with me for years. I am sure I had a boyish response of glee upon seeing these three characters chomping away at my perennials.
Of course it really is the chrysalis that the caterpillar envelopes itself in that is the stunning thing. A vibrant green the chrysalis can often go unseen in the landscape, but then just for fun there is that delicate band of gold that let's you know something amazing is about to unfold. In my case I thought it was hysterical that of all places the caterpillar decided the deer-repellent mesh over my tomato plants was prime real estate.
I guess the third caterpillar had a bit more of an appetite than his two buddies. Needless to say I will be thrilled to keep an eye on the metamorphosis these three go through and hopefully it means there will be some killer monarch butterfly shots coming by late summer. If I remember correctly, you know, from first grade, the butterflies should emerge from their cocoons in a couple weeks time.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Monday, August 6, 2012
My wife said as long as the weather is like this we should swim in the ocean every night after work. We quickly realized the condition of the weather was of little concern, it was about getting to the beach as much as we can in August. A noble challenge to go with our new life.
We worked hard to get here. And are working hard to be here and figure it out. But this is the life.