Sunday, August 24, 2014

Simple pleasures

One thing I always try to focus on is finding joy in the simple things. One of those things for me the other day was finding out Mr. Frog had returned! Well, I like to think it's the same frog that was in the pond the beginning of the summer. I have to wonder if it is, why he left, where he went, and why he returned. But since he's not talking, I guess I'll never know. LOL


Another thing I take joy in is watching the butterflies that come to my butterfly bush. Unfortunately I lost two butterfly bushes over the winter, but I still have this one. And there haven't been nearly as many butterflies this summer as we normally have. So I was quite happy the other day to see this one out there. The next day there were four of them out there at the same time. And today I saw my first Monarch butterfly of the summer. I think over the winter I'll do some research on host plants the butterflies like, and maybe plant some new things in the yard to encourage them to visit.



10 comments:

  1. I love to see Mr. frog in your pond and you do have beautiful butterflies at your house. I have only had one of the yellow ones here so far.

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  2. Your new background is very pretty!
    I live next door to a bee garden. The woman who owns the land researched native plants that attract bees and planted an acre of a variety of "bee friendly" stuff. At first I was worried that my yard would host swarms of bees, but I've had no such problems. : )
    A butterfly garden sounds wonderful. I'll be interested to know what you learn.

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  3. I love your frog. It is so nice when we can hear the frogs in our garden

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  4. I too love the simple things in life. Flowers, butterflies and birds make me happy. Wish I had some frogs in my yard, but we live in the city. Last night, my son and I sat outside, talking, when a large object came lumbering down the street. It was a huge raccoon. Yes! Even that made me happy.

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  5. The simple things are always the best.

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  6. Welcome back Mr. Frog :)

    I love butterfly bushes. I have two but the extreme heat is taking its toll on them. I haven't seen one butterfly all summer. I'm glad you are seeing more in your yard and I love the pictures you took. Great job on capturing it.

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  7. Beautiful photos. I love nature too! I have been wanting to ask you all summer if your butterfly bushes were okay. I lost my beauty that you had given me from several years ago. It was a privacy bush by our deck and I really miss it this year and watching the butterflies and hummers.

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  8. Stunning butterfly. We've had more butterflies this year, although, with it cooling down so much the last couple of weeks, they've disappeared again

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