Monarch Release & a Friday!

It was time for the Monarchs to take off. It was bittersweet. We have two more that need to emerge, but then we’ll be “empty nesters.” Sort of. This little guy had just emerged when we saw him. So we sat and watched him blow his wings out. Isn’t he stunning? We set the first […]


It’s finally Friday. What a week. The first three days were beautiful, then yesterday we had a long day of rain. Lots of rain. No walks, no playground, no backyard play. We caught up on flashcards and Lightning McQueen. And now we have four days off. To hopefully get outside, get into the garden and […]

Triathlon Training Time!

This past weekend marked 12 weeks until the YWCA Triathlon. I had such a great time last year that I signed up again. Last year my goal was to finish, not walk and have fun. This year my goal is just about the same. I’d love to beat my time from last year, and I’d […]

A Rainy Day

We ventured out to the U of MN Landscape Arboretum yesterday, despite the rain. Friday it hit 92 degrees. Saturday it hit 84. The temperature yesterday was a balmy 48. I wore shorts. Because, frankly, I hate pants. And after two days of hot, and sort of sticky, weather, I couldn’t imagine putting pants on. […]

Quick Update….

Our little friends are growing. And when I say growing, I really mean growing. They’ve been with us for nearly two weeks, so they should start forming their Chrysalis’ soon. Meanwhile, they keep eating. Only two have fallen out made a break for it. Both made it back into the tank. These guys are now […]

A Box of History

My Mom brought me a box full of family history this weekend. For years it sat in my Uncle’s garage. It’s filled with photos and other family memories, including a whole bag of photos of family in Denmark, with handwritten descriptions in Danish. I guess they’re from around 1930 or so, but I need to […]

Mom’s Day

Mother’s Day reminds me of food. Lots and lots of food. When I was growing up we would go to the Decathlon Athletic Club in Bloomington for their special Mother’s Day brunch.It was always my parents, my sister, my brother, and my dad’s parents, Grandma Bea and Grandpa Charlie. There were nice dresses and clean […]

Meet the Monarchs

We have a few new friends living with us for a few weeks. They’re Monarch Caterpillars, also known as Milkweed Caterpillars, I guess because they eat Milkweed plants. They moved in on Saturday. The plan is that they’ll eat and grow and eat and grow for two weeks. Then they’ll spin their Chrysalis’ and hang […]