The End of Summer.
Tropical Storm Lee has ushered in lots of rain, clouds, and shockingly cooler weather to our area over the past couple of days.
It was 98 degrees and humid then down to 59 degrees and non-stop rain in a matter of hours! The rain is forecasted to last through tomorrow, then we’ll get low 70’s and sunshine.
I can’t wait, we have become addicted to being outside this spring and summer. My high energy Ada must spend hours outside every day playing! She cries at the door saying, “Shoes. Outside, Momma. Outside! Please!”
Here’s her happy little face outside just a few days ago in the sun.
The girls, cheeks red from the heat, eating frozen yogurt outside next to the dilapidated garden.
Funny story about my garden. I got no produce from all of that hard work.
Not one single thing.
Want to know why? My ducks. They broke down the chicken wire I set up around each bed and ravished, stomped, and smashed every single plant.
There’s not even any use crying over it. Next year I’m erecting a fence around it.
My Silkie chicks are nearing five months now and only one is 100% a rooster. The others I am still unsure about.
Who knew these things could be so confusing!
We love them. They are so soft and fluffy and tame.
Here’s the rooster, Dumbledore.
He still hasn’t crowed, even though my chicks of other breeds from the same hatch date have been crowing for several months now!
Grumpy Pants, head butting the camera…
We all had a cold with this annoying runny nose that lasted for about two weeks. Gross. Ada absolutely refuses to let you wipe her nose, instead she throws her hands in her face and smears snot everywhere. Really fun.
On a less gag-worthy subject…
My Zinnia flowers out front grew gigantic this year.
Zinnias are my most favorite flowers ever.
See, Ada will show you how freaking awesome they are!
My Zinnias attract hoards of butterflies. Sometimes we spend hours watching them, touching them, chasing them.
We’ve been studying butterflies and learning about all the different types. So much fun.
They are really magnificent creatures, the large ones are very animal-like.
This picture was featured as The Daily Click on the Shutter Sisters blog.
We made a creepy discovery one evening while watching the butterflies collect the last bit of nectar before dusk.
Praying mantises suddenly came out of hiding and began to stalk the butterflies and bees! I guess I never realized that a praying mantis ate live prey.
It was getting too dark out to take pictures using natural light since the sun was dipping behind the house and the shadows around the flowers were deepening.
No amazing pictures, especially because we were watching in a mix of horror and fascination as the praying mantises stalked their prey, like a cat following a mouse, then pounced and ripped their food to shreds while gulping it down.
I did take a few pictures of this guy. I feel like we could keep one in a cage as a pet, they are so animated and alien-like.
See the huge razors on his arms meant for snaring and murdering innocent butterflies!?
We watched him stalk and eat a wasp, then bathe himself just like a cat.
Here he is stalking, quite ridiculous looking. The actual eating and bathing pictures were too blurry due to low light and shadows.
So right now we’re anxiously awaiting the return of some sunshine, and trying to occupy a very busy baby indoors…
Right now the girls are rocking out to Rammstein and I should really be getting some chores done.
One month homeschooling update coming soon…