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Hello, December

December Mushrooms

I saw these little guys growing on a mulberry tree stump, when I walked the dog this evening. Mushrooms. In December. Surely that’s a sign of the apocalypse?

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Stragglers

Sulphur and Zinnia #butterflies #sulphurs #sulphurbutterfly #patiogarden #gardens #autumn

I should clear the garden, but there are still a few skippers and sulphurs showing up to feed on the tail end of my sad zinnias.

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Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary #butterflies #butterfly gardens #patiogarden #greatspangledfritillary #fritillary #flowers #zinnia #zinnias

I don’t remember seeing many of these guys in previous years. They’ve been regular visitors this summer.

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Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Today was all about skippers.

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Monday Butterfly

Female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly #flowers #gardens #patiogarden #zinnia #zinnias #butterflies #butterfly #swallowtail #easterntigerswallowtail

Female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly #flowers #gardens #patiogarden #zinnia #zinnias #butterflies #butterfly #swallowtail #easterntigerswallowtail
Female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

Happy Labor Day (US)!

I worked today, because I need to save as much PTO as possible
for snow days this winter. I burned through most of my banked time off when Frances was sick, then when I got Thomas I used up the little bit I’d managed to re-bank. (We accrue time off biweekly, instead of getting a lump of time at the beginning of the year.)

So today I worked so I could save the holiday hours. Not the best way to celebrate Labor Day, but it beats having to drag myself to work in an ice storm or when it’s -10F.

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Bumblebee and Sunflower

Bumblebee and Sunflower #bees #bumblebee #sunflower #sunflowers #flowers #gardens #patiogarden

Bumblebee and Sunflower #bees #bumblebee #sunflower #sunflowers #flowers #gardens #patiogarden

The bees like sunflowers, too.

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Sunday Butterfly

I think this is a clouded sulphur. #butterfly #butterflies #sulphurs #sulphurbutterfly #cloudedsulphurbutterfly #sunflower #sunflowers #gardens #patiogarden #flowers

I think this is a clouded sulphur. It was hanging out on a sunflower with a hobomok skipper and a firefly.

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Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Today’s visitor was a great spangled fritillary. And thank goodness, too. When I got home from work, the street in front of my complex was blocked by a car with its driver’s side door open, and a shirtless guy standing in the street, screaming hysterically at the driver.

I turned around, circled the block, and entered the complex from the other direction. And he was still screaming.

I went inside, got Thomas, and we left for a walk. Still screaming.

Thomas and I got back about a half hour later, and the shirtless guy was no longer screaming, but was still agitated.

They did finally leave at some point. I hope the guy calmed down. I did considered calling the police but decided that wasn’t going to help the situation for the guy or his girlfriend. The girlfriend could have left him and driven off at any point, if she felt threatened.

Ugh.

So, butterflies! They were a welcome sight.

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

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Negotiations Are Ongoing

Piglet and Thomas #catsanddogs #dogsandcats #tuxedocat #cats #dogs #boxerdog #frenemies

Piglet is still appalled that Thomas is not Frances, but he’s a realist at heart and is starting to think that maybe Thomas is better than no dog at all.

Sunflower #sunflower #gardens #patiogarden #flowers #prisma

And look at what my little sunflower is doing today! It’s almost completely open.

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Unfolding

Sunflower #sunflower #sunflowers #flowers #gardens #patiogarden #lensflare #prisma

My little sunflower is starting
to open.

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