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November 11, 2016

Sappy, Sweet, Queens & Bloomers


Happy Veterans day to all our wonderful vets out there; many thanks for your selflessness! 



This past weekend while the Coach was away coaching, I ended up watching two Hallmark Christmas Movies.
TWO.
After all that sweet sappiness, I needed a good cleansing.
One episode of The Walking Dead did that.
I'm back to my regular self now.

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One of my favorite sweet treats lately is smeared peanut butter on a banana.
And not just any regular ole Jiff or Peter Pan. 
The Coach and I think this freshly ground peanut butter from the Publix deli is the bomb.com.
I love it so much I'm thinking of committing bigomy and marrying it.


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Everyone's all "Trump this, Hilary that" and I'm over here ooing and ahhhing over butterflies!
I had FOUR monarchs emerge one morning. I've had 7 total (as of Thursday) this week and they're all females. Seriously.....how are they even being conceived? I'm so confused.

I frequently spot Queen butterflies in my garden too; they're also fans of the milkweed. At first glance they could be mistaken for the monarch. 
A queen enjoying the milkweed. 
Anyhoo.....I've also found several Queen caterpillars amongst my monarch caterpillars this week. See, we can ALL get along just fine!
The queen caterpillar look almost identical to the monarch caterpillar;
the queen has an extra set of antenae. 






























{{I noticed that my thumb nail looks so pretty up there. Don't let that deceive you, the rest of my digits appear that I've spread several bags of mulch, dug some holes for drainage and played with rocks in the garden this week.}}

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Meanwhile, back in the big ole oak tree that houses a lot of my orchids, theres a mess of color happening. And a token sun-worshiping dog. 


























Wishing everyone a stress-free weekend full of color, pretties and maybe a hallmark feel good movie? Just don't go overboard like I did.



Joining Tanya and friends for Willy Nilly Friday.


13 comments:

Anonymous said...

The orchids are gorgeous. The peanut butter looks delish; I'll have to try some from Publix. Love your butterflies and caterpillars. Callie looks very comfy in the sunshine. You guys have a wonderful weekend. xo

Tom said...

Peanut butter is peanut butter, isn't it?

Latane Barton said...

Butterflies are so enchanting. You must derive much pleasure out of watching them grow. I read Tom's comment above. No, Tom, peanut butter is not peanut butter!!

George said...

You are sure good at raising both butterflies and orchids. There's no end to your talents!

Mascha said...

Wow, you have monarch there! I've never seen one in real, but I've a book about them.
The big tree with orchids is marvellous, such a nice idea.
Greetings from the cold Germany

NCmountainwoman said...

I love your world, Suz.

BTW: my dad loved peanut butter on banana. He called it his a "banana split" because he split the banana lengthwise and slapped on the peanut butter.

abrianna said...

Love the sun worshiping dog. pretty orchids and I too like butterflies. We also like the freshly ground peanut butter.

abrianna said...

Love the sun worshiping dog. pretty orchids and I too like butterflies. We also like the freshly ground peanut butter.

TexWisGirl said...

gosh, beautiful orchids. i love spotting queen butterflies, too. love their rich color. :)

Beth Cotell said...

Love those butterflies and those orchids. Thanks for sharing all the natural beauty from your neck of the woods. Have a great weekend.

Christine said...

Hi Suz and first of all thanks so much for coming by my blog and being so sweet as to leave comments which greatly encourages me!
I am so intrigued by your orchids growing in the tree - excuse my botanical ignorance! They do look so pretty there!
Oh and I DID admire your pretty thumbnail too!
Do please stop by again or maybe even follow as I am now your newest follower!
Happy weekend!

Tanya Breese said...

i have never seen this part of your yard before, it's beautiful and i love the "orchid" tree! wow! ha, i can't remember the last time i watched a hallmark movie, maybe last christmas! they are corny but good...back when the kids were still small and i stayed home i watched a lot of lifetime movies...ahh, i'd rather hear about butterflies than politics any day! i miss publix...i hear they are opening up here in virginia but so far it's quite a bit north of us. thanks so much for linking suz and have a great week!!

Mary said...

The orchids in the trees are GOR.GEOUS!!!