Butterfly on my Butterfly Bush
The days of this month (and year, for that matter) have evaporated like dew in the morning sun. I believe it to be a true observation that the older one becomes the quicker the time seems to pass.
As I look back on what I have (and have not) accomplished in the past 31 days, I can give myself credit for: keeping some semblance of order and cleanliness in my home; major furniture rearrangement in my living room; a bit of downsizing by identifying and donating several household items, large and small, to family or charities; preparation and successful completion of another (well-attended, thank you) Stamp Camp; and quite a bit of work in the church office as I prepare for the transition of our financial records and other documents to a newer (not new) computer. Oh --- and I spent about 2.5 hours yesterday morning weeding the "north" flower beds in the church garth (and I have the aching muscles to remind me, today and for several days to come, I fear.)
However, when I think of the things that I ought to have accomplished as well, I don't feel much satisfaction. As I am wont to say "Whose fault is that?"
Gardening Daugher called me a couple of days ago, excited about discovering a chrysalis in her yard, one which she had not seen before. A bit of research on Google led her to believe that it is the chrysalis of a Gulf Fritillary Butterfly. If any of you readers have information to the contrary, we'd like to know it. Thanks.
The photo below does not do it justice. In the sunlight, the "points" on the outside glow like molten gold. I was interested in the fact that the "spider web"-looking strands around the chrysalis are spun by the caterpillar itself to protect the chrysalis. Daughter is keeping a close eye on it, hoping to see the butterfly emerge.
Gulf Fritillary (?) Chrysalis