Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Dear Friends . . .

{KK 511}

"All of us are watchers - of television, of time clocks, of traffic on the freeway - but few
are observers, everyone is looking, but not many are seeing."  - Peter M Leschak

. . .  I know I've barely been here this summer, but I have been observing many beautiful
and wondrous things from my front porch. 

In fact, I've been doing so much observing {and participating} that it has left little time
for editing...I must get busy as I have much to share, and a monarch series to continue.
The past few weeks, I've literally been knee deep, okay maybe just ankle deep, but deep 
non the less in caterpillar frass - fancy name for caterpillar poop! lol

It. has. been. a. full. time. job.

I need a sign for my front porch/sidewalk that says, "CAUTION, Caterpillar crossing!"
I've found them on my front door frame, crawling on the front porch, crossing the sidewalk,
on my pantry door, and one that pupated on the edge of my dining room table, whew.

Currently on the farm; about 45 monarch chrysalids, about another 20 something monarch caterpillars,
10 queen chrysalids, 3 black swallowtail chrysalids, 8 - one week old polydamas swallowtail caterpillars and one giant leopard moth caterpillar! 

Two a day football practice has started, the college girl goes back this weekend, and school starts
for the football boy next Monday.

That means I will be coming out of hibernation shortly thereafter . . . 

I hope you have had a wonderful, restful, fun filled summer!!

Love, Kim

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

This finally happened . . .

"The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses."
~ Hanna Rion

Big, huge, sigh . . .
I can hardly believe it's been a month since I've been in this space.
I can hardly believe that we just got the flower garden planted, in mid July!

But none the less, it really makes my heart happy to see all this color, and well,
they were 50% off. That sale usually happens at the end of May, but I suspect
our lingering spring with cooler temps pushed it back. And you know, I just wasn't
about to miss out on that sale, so my patience and I hung in there.

Coneflower, angelonia, pentas and salvia. Black eyed susan, gomphrena and zinnia's.
Purples and pinks, oranges and red. White, yellow and blues.

I had to move the birdbath closer to the sidewalk so I can empty it every know, mosquitoes.

And I have had more fun making dreamy Monet-ish photos of this space.

{KK pinit8)

There have been many visitors, swallowtails, gulf fritillaries, monarchs, skippers, painted ladies, and even a question mark. No, really, that's the name of the butterfly....there is even one called a coma.

I've been trying to live simple in between complicated and unexpected.
But it takes a little practice,
to make new habits,
to revel in the sometimes overlooked moments
ones that no matter how small are significant and desire our consideration.
To appreciate them,
and to linger with all five senses.

I'm also over at Focusing on Life today. A very short story about one day last summer . . .
Please come on over and join me, us!

Until next time,
love, kim

sharing with Texture Tuesday, Sweet shot Tuesday

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Texture Tuesday . . .

kk - kristen

"Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies."
                                              - Mother Teresa

Popping in to say hi and hoping all is well with you!
I'm over at Focusing on Life today discussing the agreeability of my garden.
I know, you'll just have to pop on over to check it out.

Love, Kim

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A little beach time . . .

"Every time I stand before a beautiful beach,
its waves seem to whisper to me: If you choose
the simple things and find joy in nature's
simple treasures, life and living need not be so hard."

- Roxas- Mendoza

Well, I haven't been here regularly lately . . . it's summer.

Summer means the house is a little busier, everyone is home,
and I'm finding it hard to be at the computer as much.

And that's a problem because I'm still taking photos,
and waaaay behind in editing.

And honestly, although I'm not unhappy, life just seems a little hard lately for many reasons
and when that happens I seem to want to spend a lot of quiet time on my front porch. least until the mosquitoes drive me away.

We have managed to make it to the beach a few times in the last few weeks,
and gosh do I love spending time there!

This particular day, you could actually walk on the shore. This has been a record year for seaweed,
but you won't find me complaining about that. 

It's always fun to learn something know those little holes along the shore where you see bubbles coming out of? Well, this is what lives in there, ghost shrimp.

And it's always fun to dig for sand crabs and watch them bury themselves again. They bury back in backwards so that they can use their antennae to feed.

The seagulls watch me carefully . . . 

And I learned a lesson...make sure the sea critters have buried themselves fully before standing back up
or they become snacks.

I wanted to let you know that I have not forgotten about my monarch series, I promise, and hope to
get that back on track soon. I have been sharing some short videos on instagram though and you can find me at kimatpickingpoppies.

And I almost forgot . . . It's my turn over at Focusing On Life today . . .and I'm exploring the possibility
that what we see through the lens might involve metaphors for our lives....join me?

Until next time,
Love, Kim

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