Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
First, we noticed Hungry and Feed-Me making their silk attachments. Feed-Me chose one of the lovely sticks we provided:
Hungry apparently was not as pleased with the selection and opted to make his on the side of the bowl:
Then they each attached their back "feet" to the silk and hung:
We missed the transformation of Feed-Me and found him like this:
But, we were able to watch Hungry shed his skin! At first, we thought he looked a bit unwell:
Kind of bloated:
But then, as his body pulsated and squirmed, his skin began to slip away:
After the skin was all the way off, the new pupa began to thrash and twist all around to get the old skin to fall away from the silk:
We missed the transformation of the third today. He at least had enough sense to choose a stick instead of the bowl! Their chysalises/ii are so beautiful - they have metallic gold accents that are just amazing! I haven't been able to get a good picture yet, but hopefully soon.
We are looking forward to having three beautiful butterflies!
One more picture - here is Samuel with one of them a couple of days before the transformation:
Monday, August 25, 2008
Whenever he plays in that puddle, people driving and walking past give me the strangest looks. I guess not many people would let their kids get soaking wet whenever they want. Why not? It's just water. Clothes dry. :)
The next is our John Paul II clematis. We bought this variety of clematis several years ago, but it never bloomed until the summer after John Paul II died. It has bloomed beautifully ever since.
Friday, August 22, 2008
And here's Samuel admiring his pets.
*Is metamorphasize a word? It reminds me of Jazzercise. Now I'm picturing little dancing caterpillars. Except they can't do Jazz Hands.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
The little one that hatched out of the egg also died - not sure why. So I had to pitch another dead caterpillar. Ewwwwwwww #2.
Hungry and Feed-Me molted. I wouldn't have known this if I had not checked on them when I did, because they both promptly ate their old skin. Ewwwwwwww #s 3-27. So far. I am sure there will be many more ewwwwwwwws to come before I get over it. Plus, I think they molt a few more times. Something to look forward to.
Both we and some of our friends have recently encountered criticism of homeschooling, with the argument that homeschooling is not Catholic. The attitude seems to be that not sending your children to the local Catholic school is something akin to being unpatriotic. I do want to note that the vast majority of people that we have talked to about homeschooling are very supportive. But for those who are not, let's look at what the Church says about homeschooling... thanks to Seton Home Study School for putting all the information in one place!
Catholic schools were once an essential alternative to the Protestant schools that dominated most communities. However, I wonder what, if anything, we are accomplishing by pouring money into them today. I know, I know, there are many fantastic Catholic schools where children get a solid education in a vibrant faithful environment. But I think those schools are more and more the minority. I hear so often that many times the teachers in Catholic schools are not Catholic, or only nominally so. I hear that with a few exceptions, the students are not any more well-formed than your typical public-schooled child. I wonder if a big part of this is that parents send their kids off to Catholic school and think, "Well, that takes care of their faith formation! Done!" In fact, there is NO substitute for parents sharing their own love of the Church and practicing the faith as a family.
What if, instead of giving parents a false sense of security with Catholic schools, parishes put more money into programs like Family Formation, so that the whole family would be encouraged to learn, pray, and celebrate the faith together?
Let the tomatoes fly.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Our garden is doing well this year. We have zuchinni for the first time ever, bell peppers, chili peppers, tomatoes, basil, rosemary, cilantro, and chives.
My bell peppers are finally getting ripe. Hmm, think I need to weed???
We also bought gerber daisies for the front yard, and found some sort of squash vine growing up in them, so we moved it to the backyard. We just found a gourd of some kind on the vine! It is small and white now, so I am excited to see what kind it becomes.
We also had some sort of vine pop up around our compost bin, and now it has a melon on it!
One more surprise: our neighbor puts out corn for the squirrels, and they planted some in our yard, so we have a couple of corn stalks, too. I love garden surprises!
Our blackberry bush performed wonderfully this year. We had bowls full of huge berries - more than enough for a pie, although they never made it that far. it sent up so many new shoots this year, that next year we should be able to have plenty for a pie and snacking.
One more thing we planted this year was a sunflower mix. They are growing beautifully, as you can see!
The sunflowers even look cool when they haven't opened yet.
One more: my favorite daylilies.
Friday, August 15, 2008
The one on the right is a day older than the one on the left. If you click on the picture, you can see a larger version on Flickr.
In other news, I got a picture of Samuel and his big sea turtle, although he has not yet finished coloring the belly.
Can you tell that it was chilly in our house this morning? We've been keeping the windows open, and the weather has just been awesome. I am trying hard to enjoy summer while it's here, but these brisk mornings have me in the mood for hot apple cider and pumpkin bread. I love fall!!!
Don't get me wrong, I'm all for people voluntarily limiting their energy use, and I do it because I'm cheap. However, CFLs give me a headache and I will be stocking up on incandescents so that I will have a supply long after they become contraband.
HT: The Common Room
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Then on Monday, Samuel found first another egg and then a new hatchling. The egg didn't hatch, and it accidentally got smushed so I think it's a lost cause. But we have two baby caterpillars now. You can see how much they grow in one day - the smaller one is only a day behind the bigger one!
Samuel has been getting them fresh leaves every day, but I had to caution him to check first to make sure that he doesn't bring in anymore eggs or caterpillars - two is enough!
Oh, and he named the little one "Hungry" and the bigger one "Feed-Me". Pretty apt, as all they do is eat!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
From top to bottom: first me, having fun, then my niece, a little concerned. Then comes dh, not a fan of sudden drops. Then, poor Samuel, who apparently believed that death was imminent. His face is priceless, though. If you click on the picture, you can go see a larger version on Flickr if you'd like to see his terror in greater detail. Don't worry, he wasn't too traumatized. That came later, when we rode the roller coaster!
Friday, August 08, 2008
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Here is a quote from him where he finally gives what I think is the real reason:
And there you have it. If we have to save a child one minute, why was it okay to be trying to kill it seconds before, just because it was in a different place? Good question. Obama voted against this bill because he doesn't like the answer.
Number one, whenever we define a previable fetus as a person that is protected by the equal protection clause or the other elements in the Constitution, what we're really saying is, in fact, that they are persons that are entitled to the kinds of protections that would be provided to a – child, a 9-month-old – child that was delivered to term. …
Monday, August 04, 2008
Please note that there is one brief graphic image, so do not view it with children present.