Bees Buzzing and Brugs

January 6th, 2018

When I was painting shelves in the backyard, I heard a constant buzzing. I looked up at the Brugmansia in bloom above me. Bees were everywhere.

1 Bee

1 Bee

2 Bees

2 Bees

3 Bees

3 Bees

3 Bees

What were they doing???

Pet Red Eye and PS Express on iPhone

January 2nd, 2018

Elliot with Red Eye

Elliot with a Bunnicula Eye

Bunnicula Eye Corrected

In PS Express–Click Red Eye, Click Pet Red Eye, Tap Eye.
Bunnicula Eye Corrected

Elliot is our rescue bunny. We put concrete forming tubes on the sofa to prevent her from tearing up the sofa.

Shredded Tube

Now she shreds the inside of the tube rather than the sofa.

01012018 Moon and Night Sky

January 2nd, 2018


Happy New Year from Shell Beach!

January 1st, 2018


Gorgeous day at the beach!


Field Seen on Drive to Beach


A Little Bit Closer
What can they be?
Trees? Grapevines?

It was high tide, very few stones on beach that were not under water. Not a holey stone to be found. Does that mean it will be an unlucky year? If I were superstitious, maybe.


About the frames on the images–I am trying out some of the frame options available on the Snapseed app. Seem awfully fussy, drawing attention to themselves. “Hey look at me, Look at me!”


Another example of Look at Me. Bob popped over to check on me.
She often carries stuff around in her beak–a chip, shredded paper, a whole Kleenex, hay…

A New Little Project–Monarch Caterpillars

December 27th, 2017

I was away for a few weeks. When I returned, the first garden task was to cut the milkweed plants to the ground. I cut the first one. And just as I was about to cut the second plant I saw a small monarch caterpillar. Shouldn’t really be here in December. The temperature was to drop to the high 30s, so I cut some milkweed leaves and placed them and the caterpillar in a small jar.

Cat in Jar


Every day I clean the jar. Then replace the dried milkweed leaves with fresh cut leaves.

The caterpillar is still small, but I suspect it is twice the size it was when I found it.

I hope that it completes the caterpillar part of the cycle before I run out of milkweed leaves.

2017 December 29 Update
When cutting leaves for the little cat, I found another one. I brought it in. Now there are two.


2018 January 02 Update
Ran out of Milkweed leaves to feed to the Monarch caterpillars. Google search found several Monarch sites suggesting the use of slices of squash, pumpkin, and cucumbers as an alternative food source.


Sliced Squash

Jar Set Up

Squash in New Jar Set Up

Cats in Jar

Caterpillars in Jar with Squash

Cat on Squash

An Hour in New Home
Caterpillar Tasting Squash

2018 January 04 Update


2018 January 05 Update

Squash Eaten

Caterpillar Eaten Squash

Fresh Squash

Fresh Squash and Clean Room

Texas Butterfly Ranch

Butterfly Fun Facts

Monarch Grove Pismo Beach, California/a>

Happy Holidays

December 25th, 2017


Elliot and Christmas Decorations

December 21st, 2017

Elliot checked out the stuffed bunnies under the tree. Took a bite of the tree. Then rearranged the bunnies so she could sit on the red mat.


November 23rd, 2017

Happy Tofurkey Day

Third Monarch Chrysalis

October 19th, 2017

Been checking the second Monarch chrysalis daily since finding it October 16, 2017.

New Chrysalis

Monarch Chrysalis Attached to an Angel Wing Begonia Leaf

Today when I was removing unwanted cabbage moth caterpillars from one of my variegated Brugmansia, I found another Monarch chrysalis. It may be newly formed since it still has its skin attached.

Third Chrysalis

Monarch Chrysalis Attached to Variegated Brugmansia Leaf
Morning October 19, 2017

I have yet to see the full transformation from caterpillar to chrysalis. There is a fun video of the transformation on the Monarch Butterfly Garden site. It is amazing to watch!

Yes, the Brug has spider mites. Everything loves Brugs. When I am certain the Monarchs have continued on their journey, I can treat the Brugs.

Terrarium Update

October 18th, 2017

February 5, 2017

When the fungus began taking over the terrarium, I removed all of the plants.


June 6, 2017


Terrarium Detail
June 6, 2017

Interesting that the fungus appears changed and there are now plants as well.


Terrarium with Plants
October 18, 2017


Terrarium with Plants
December 29, 2017


Terrarium Detail
December 29, 2017