A while back when I read about how to find and raise a monarch butterfly on The Art of Doing Stuff, I was totally inspired to get this in he works fir Bobby. He LOVES butterflies and it was one of his first obsessions ( along with balls and fans). Finding an egg and feeding the caterpillar with copious amounts of milkweed seemed like a lot of work and I had back burnered the idea until one day a couple of weeks ago when my doorbell rang during Brent’s band practice.
Our next door neighbour raises butterflies. I know she provides them to a nearby school to help teach about metamorphosis and she is a retired teacher herself. She came by with a small container housing two painted lady caterpillars, a lump of food and a lot of poop. She is wonderful and she told Bobby what to expect.
- they might eat a bit more
- they would attach their bums to the top and hang down
- they would make a “J” shape
- they would become chrysalises
Bobby was convinced she meant a cocoon but he shortly corrected his belief based on false information provided by Eric Carle. Moths come from cocoons. We kept them in a lit area but out of direct light and checked on them often. A day later they were “J” shaped and a day after that, one had become a chrysalis. I was watching as the remaining caterpillar became very stiff, then it started vibrating, then it’s outer layer started sliding upward as the chrysalis was revealed below. I should have taken a video but I was too awestruck. It’s seriously magical. Bobby looked a couple times and Brent didn’t even glance. he totally missed out. For real.
Then, as instructed, we went next door and told our neighbour what had transpired.
Once again she told Bobby what to expect.
- they would look the same for 10-12 days
- shortly before the butterflies hatch, their chrysalises will get blackish
- when they come out, there will be a little blood but it’s ok and they are not hurt
- when they come out their wings will be all crinkled and wet but over time they will stretch and dry out
She gave Bobby a stack of post-it notes numbered 1 through 12 so he could remove one each day and know when the butterflies would hatch. On day 5 I found them scattered about his room.
She was out at the time so we left a note on her door. She came by right before Bobby’s bed time and we had even more butterfly fun! He told her their names. He named them Piper and Max. I have no idea why. She said they would be ready to let out the next day and that the flowering bush in our backyard was the perfect location. In the meantime, they were likely hungry so she placed a chunk of orange in their little home and Piper (assuming it’s the same one that was in the spot since the morning) went for a drink right away.
Learning time: A butterfly ‘eats’ using it’s proboscis which is like a long coiled straw in it’s mouth that it extends to drink nectar. Or orange juice. This video shows the drinking and then the proboscis retracting.
Since I always need something with which to lure Bobby away from daycare, I told him we would do it in the evening before supper. And we took a video of it!
If you ever get the chance to do this I suggest you do. It’s super!!
On this day:
In 2009 -“My armpits smell like a fresh box of wax crayons”
In 2008 – “it’s got a big swoopy arrow”
In 2007 -“We are hippies mayhaps?”
In 2006 -“Seriously. Tit city”
In 2005 – “a seagull flew towards me and landed in front of me with a sausage in it’s mouth”
You get to witness my first ever guest post. Jon and I did a trade. I make a post for his blog, and he makes one for mine. Jon is the resident Sustainability Guy where I work. I’m not sure if that’s his official title but it may as well be.
Maybe this will be a regular feature for me. If you would like to make a guest post, or do a post swap, email me at email@example.com.
Have you seen the piano stairs video? Really? Are you serious, cause it’s posted like everywhere. I even added a link from my Facebook account. Anyways you should take a look because it is pretty awesome and it reveals one of my big pet peeves; lazy stairs people.
Allow me to preface with my list of annoying lazy people things. First are people who take the elevator when they could easily take the stairs, next are people use the handicapped button to open doors, then it’s people who don’t turn off their computers at night, and finally people who stand still on the escalator.
Each is especially annoying in its own magic way (Seriously you can’t open the door with your hands? Cause the more you use the handicapped button for your own lazy purposes the more you increase the likelihood that it will break when a person who really needs it comes by – Or standing on the escalator? I know it isn’t the biggest crime in the world but if you don’t have a mobility issue what’s the point? I mean it is technically taking longer to just stand there than to walk up or down the stairs you realize). But what bugs me the most, more than the fact that it is a real sign of la-zi-ness, is the fact that it gobbles up energy.
Interlude – I want it to be known that I recognize the legitimate need to use an elevator. As I alluded to earlier, mobility issues, fatigue, travelling more than 3 stories, I get that; but using an elevator to go one or two floors (especially down) is simply too much. I was at a party a couple of weeks ago and this issue came up. A guest admitted that one of his great triumphs came from an elevator encounter. He was on his way up to something like the tenth floor when some people got off on the second floor. As the elevator doors closed he shouted out “Really sucks when the stairs are broken, eh?”. Classic.
Sorry, I really had to get that out. Anyways, I would love to calculate the amount of energy that is being consumed so that this ridiculously heavy metal box can carry up two flights of stairs. If ever there was a waste of resources, this is it. The sheer magnitude of environmental degradation that is inflicted on the planet to draw oil out from the ground just so that you avoid a little bit of cardio is mindboggling.
I would really love to have these piano stairs installed on the U of O campus. I know we don’t really have any escalators to speak of but getting people off the elevator is totally worth the installation cost of these stairs. I am just saying, people really need to start taking responsibility for the amount of energy they waste needlessly. And if we can also give people some much needed exercise during the day, I am all for it.
On this day:
In 2008 –
In 2007 –
In 2006 –
In 2005 –
Over the past few days I’ve noticed something fairly odd and mildly disturbing in various places across the city. there are many trees, shrubs and bushes – all different types – that have been stripped of their bark from approximately 24″ off the ground.
Some of the ones I’ve walked closely by have a puddle of bark shards strewn about their bases. Maybe it’s because there was so much snow piled around them for so long?
It creeps me out.
ANTM last night was RIDICULOUS! Tyra was on a rampage with
- refusing to even attempt to pronounce someone’s name correctly
- making everything about her
- speaking in fake Italian or horrible renditions of an Italian accent
I could REALLY go for a nice cappuccino with a dash of cinnamon right now… In a real mug, not a take out one. I guess I could always order a decaf…
On this day:
I’m feeling kind of frantic.
Tomorrow, our real estate agent is coming over and our house is pretty much a disaster. There’s so much to do to make it presentable!
I’d do it after work today but a coworker/friend is coming over for dinner then we are heading over to Brent’s gig and I’m sure I won’t be home before 11. I feel it is rather rude to clean while guests are over.
Things that I REALLY need to do:
- Lots of laundry. I’m wearing the last of my clean clothes today so that means I have a few loads of clothes as well as some blankets and towels that have been piling up in the basement.
- iron the duvet cover
- Before I can even put my laundry away, I need to sort out the dresser because nothing fits.
- Clean the cat box
- make dinner/clean up after
- put the chair pieces somewhere inconspicuous
- tidy the bathrooms
- make the bed in the guest room
- put the duvet cover on our bed
I figure I can do SOME of this stuff while she’s over like, tidy up the bathroom while I’m peeing, or cleaning the kitchen WHILE I cook. Throw some laundry in while I go down to feed the cat
On another note, I got a new footrest at work today and I feel good about that.
I came across some nice non-toxic paint HERE. There are some really great neutrals in there and this muted colours would kick ass in that house. VERILY