Butterflies

Butterflies are just downright impressive. From their delicate strength to the long journeys they take yearly. I knew Monarch butterflies traveled very long distances across the United States on their way to Mexico then they come back in the spring. But did you know that no butterfly actually completes the journey on their own? The migrations take place over a number of generations. I think that’s pretty amazing.

Butterfly and rebar.
I love the light on this image and the way the delicacy of the butterfly is juxtaposed against the vibrancy of the flower and. the hardness of the rebar.

**For the month of November each year, I try to focus on something Iโ€™m thankful for each day. It is the month that holds Thanksgiving where I live, after all. Focusing on the positive and remembering the little things that make life great are things I should do more often. Last year I found that writing every day during the holiday time got a bit stressful. So this year I’m writing throughout the year and scheduling the posts to go out in November.

Autumn in the East of the US

I was going to write about WordCamp Rochester and our weekend in Niagara, but I’m going to bump those to another time so I can respond to @elfidd’s comment on my Wonderful Weekend With our Kids post. Fall colors? Here you go ๐Ÿ™‚

Working on a beautiful day in our NY home
Working on a beautiful day in our NY home

Preparing for Winter

Posts at the beach placed in preparation for winter.
Posts at the beach placed in preparation for winter.

This post is for my friends who live in warmer environments. The image featured is of something we see a lot here in the north. It’s usually metal rods along highways, but this particular picture is a bunch of wood posts at our local beach. Know what it is?

It’s a row of markers along a road so the snowplows know where to drive. I’m kind of super excited to see that the markers are now lining a path to the main parking lot at our beach instead of just to the ticket booth. That’s quite a bit further when one is hiking in deep snow and will make walking to the water a whole lot easier this winter.

To put things in perspective, I’m 5 foot 2 inches tall. Think they are getting ready for a lot of snow? ๐Ÿ˜‰

One can only hope…

Summer?

Goldenrod in the Berkshires
tiny school GIF
Back to School

Are you finding your social network feeds filled with kids going back to school and off to college? I am, and I’m loving it. Recently, a friend asked how my summer was wrapping up. Laughing, I responded that life is going so fast recently I hadn’t realized it was summer.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

But I see it’s true. The leaves are changing color, and the Goldenrod heralds the incoming of autumn.ย 

Goldenrod in the Berkshires
Goldenrod in the Berkshires

It reminds me of a time when the kids were small (although that was my perception of summer in reverse), and we basically lived on the beach one summer while visiting with my in-laws. That year felt like an endless summer. I didn’t realize things were changing until they told me I had limited flavor selection at the commissary where I get ice cream.

Leaves changing color
Summer slips into Autumn in northern NY

Now that the kids are older, we don’t have to tuck our travels into certain months and weeks. Perhaps that’s how I missed summer this year (although I thoroughly enjoyed each day of it). And we had such a nice spring, beach time came in April/May so there were lots of opportunities to swim and enjoy the sand.

Yet now that the leaves are starting to change, and the calendar tells us it’s time to prepare for winter, we’re slogging around in 31-32 C/ 88-90 F temps.

No wonder I’m confused.