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Proof Spring is almost here

Posted on Mar 15, 2009. 4 comments

Our Painted Lady Butterfly Larvae arrived this week. Maya has been checking their progress daily and she knows about the cycle thanks to Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I'd go as far to say everyone in the house knows the life cycle having read the book literally to pieces. For Example: The Very Hungry Caterpillar ate: One piece of Chocolate Cake, one Ice cream cone, one slice of swiss cheese, one slice of salami, one sausage, one cupcake, one lollipop, one pickle, and one slice of watermelon, didn't stop at go and went directly to the local Orange County Plastic Surgeon's Office and scheduled a routine lipo/lift. That night he had a stomachache. (Butterfly life cycle Kit available at Target, there's a $6 fee for mail ordering your butterflies, or check the InsectLore website directly. Butterflies are chosen so they can be released anywhere safely in the Continental US.)
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Spring Sign Dos: Migrating Ducks
I was informed after a recent trip to the park that migrating ducks had been spotted in the air, with a promise of photographic evidence.
migrating Duck
You can imagine my astonishment upon photo review. This shocking breed of duck fits right in in our Orange County, I believe they're actually descended from the Mallard (Anas PSiliconetyrhynchos)
Meanwhile I've been drop spindling yarn like mad in between admiring the signs of Spring. This is my best result so far and I have a pattern in (my) mind for the yarn. I bought this combed top at Stitches West from the dyer herself (Me: "Are you the dyer?" Her" "Yes" Me "Squee!!1!!!!one!!"), Patti of Sweet Grass Wool. It's Targhee wool and the color is called Burnished Copper. It was a delight to spin from beginning to end.
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The Surest Sign of Spring

Now I must excuse myself to work on the one sure sign of Spring, Tax Preparation. Don't worry Michele, I'm sending info soon!

Comments

  • Posted by AlisonH on Mar 17, 2009

    My mom had to come over to see why I was laughing so hard. Oh goodness.
    But that taxes thing…Ouch. (Haven’t started.)

  • Posted by mindy on Mar 15, 2009

    Love the migrating duck sighting. Here, we’ve had a relapse into winter. Feh.
    Beautiful spinning- can’t wait to see what you do with it.

  • Posted by Carrie K on Mar 15, 2009

    Love the pic of the lone migrating duck! And his nomenclature. :)
    Tax prep. Argh.
    Wow [said admiringly of both the roving and the spinning]. Those colors are beautiful and nicely plied.
    Evidently, I eat like a butterfly.

  • Posted by Kath on Mar 16, 2009

    Oh Maya is such a lucky girl – why did they not have such cool things as butterfly kits when I was little? All we had were ant farms! And you know – sea monkeys/shrimps, bleh!
    Your migratory duck looks oddly familiar, I think perhaps his kin participate in our annual derby.
    Ehhh..thanks for reminding me about my taxes. I think.

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