Spring’s Secret Garden

Monarch feeding on a Butterfly Bush.

The Secret Garden was one of the classics I read to my children. We spent many hours in the car driving to Maryland and Long Island to visit family (hon, trust me, we know every rest stop on the New Jersey Turnpike), and made the time pass quickly by learning language, discovering stories, discussing characters and predicting plots. I only found out later that “brain imaging has suggested that hearing stories evokes visual images in children’s brains, and more strongly if those children are accustomed to being read to.” (The Merits of Reading Real Books to Your Children  by Perri Klass, M.D.,The New York Times)

Wait! What? Something I did was good for my kids? Woohoo! Hopefully, that balances out the other stuff that might not have been, ummm, as advantageous.

“Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”…
“It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…”
― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

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Butterfly Video

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

I planned to post this video on Valentine’s Day because I set the footage to Michael Jackson’s “Butterflies,” but then I baked Valentines cookies.  Enough said.

Every fall, migrating butterflies stop to feed on our butterfly bushes. Hon, hope you like this short butterfly video (1 minute, 27 seconds) of Monarchs, Swallowtails, a Clear Winged Hummingbird moth, another moth I haven’t identified yet and even a grasshopper (who knew?).  If close-ups of insects give you the heebie jeebies, don’t watch.  For the rest of you, enjoy!

Who’s ready for spring?

Thankful on Thanksgiving

I am thankful for…

Monarch

Eastern Black Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Beauty,

triplets home together for first time since college started, they took this picture of themselves with Lucy

Family,

Laughter.

Hon, what are you thankful for?