Common Whitetailed Skimmer Dragonfly–close up

I spy with my little eye

I think he thought I could see him. See the aphids on the milkweed below him on the leaf?

Okay, so I spent the day running errands with my daughter yesterday, put up a spice rack, and a peg board in the garage for my gardening tools, trying to get more organized, but I still managed to fill in more scenes and got 2,000 words.

We might go to the pool this morning. I’m trying to finish this book. Does that sound familiar???

Okay, off to work on it some more. Have a shelf to put together too, and more pegboard to hang up to get more organized.

I have a ton of things I’m doing, like repainting wrought iron furniture too, and I picked some more flower seeds (perennials, so they’ll come back next year too) and a couple of more plants. Am I crazy, or what? Have a super fun day!

Terry

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Skipper and Clouded Yellow Butterflies

Skipper on Zinnia before blooming

Clouded Yellow on my neighbor’s Hibiscus
Skipper in San Diego, not sure of flower

I think I missed blogging yesterday. How did that happen??? Toddler Granddaughter happened. 🙂 We had a longer day than normal, but I still managed to get 2,000 words done. Still a long ways from finishing the book.

But I’m having a blast taking pictures of all the zinnia blooming. Such a myriad of colors. It’s like Christmas!

Off to work on the book again! Have a fun day!

Terry

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Carolina Anole Showing Off

The Carolina anole has a forked tail! So now I can recognize him from the other little insect eaters. He was puffing his throat out to attract a female. And who knew they’d have baby pineapple plants at the IKEA store. I had to get a picture. It’s so cute. A friend said she planted a pineapple and it took 3 years to grow one, but it was sooo good.

I can’t sleep. Second night in a row. I’ve got to finish this book. I’m stressing.

I saw where you can get more done at 4 am. But hey, by noon, I’ll be half alseep.

Have a super lovely day!!!

Terry

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Flame Skimmer Dragonflies and Having Drunch

Flame Skimmer Dragonfly
Baby Flame Skimmer Dragonfly

I don’t see the orange dragonflies very often, but I saw several flying in the garden yesterday. Love dragonflies. They get rid of the bad bugs in the garden.

I picked my daughter and granddaughter up at the airport yesterday morning and they’d been up since 1 am. So I took my granddaughter home with me to wear her out so my daughter could get some sleep. She did, only Keira fell asleep after 4 hours, and slept for 3 hours after my daughter came to get me for lunch. We were hungry. I hadn’t eaten all day, figuring we’d get lunch. So we got lunch at 3:30, or early dinner, does that make it drunch? You know, like brunch is a late breakfast/early lunch? I think so.

Okay, I’m off to write before we run again.

Have a super day!!!!

Terry

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Bad Milkweed Bugs

Juveniles
Found 2 of them mating–hopefully got them before they laid eggs

Everything is relative. If you don’t want milkweed, these bugs will take care of it! One thing too, no aphids! But then, no milkweed plants for the monarch caterpillars either.

Okay, I’m running like crazy this morning. My daughter and granddaughter will be arriving soon at the airport and I need to pick them up. We’ll be moving her corgis back home and probably have lunch or something.

Monarch butterfly laying eggs on milkweed

But I did make word count! Over word count! Now I just need to finish the story. I’ve been writing every day, despite the dog distractions. I’ve been filling in scenes that I skipped, wrote 4,000 words yesterday, but still need to write the final scene and keep thinking of things that need to be explained. How did they get their cars back home when they took a helicopter out of there? Little things like that. 🙂

Okay, off to type up notes before I have to run to the airport.

Have a great day!

Terry

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Storm Clouds at Sunset

We’ve had boring skies at sunset–just plain old blue skies turning to dark. But clouds give it character. The storms didn’t even leave any rain, just a lot of grumbling, but I loved it.

I’m off to write!! Have a beautiful day!

Terry

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If You Like Lora Leigh’s Books…

Oversized Ladybug in the Garden
Another Huge Ladybug

I found these on the milkweed plants, but one on one plant and then later, I found the other. Now, naturally, since all ladybugs look alike and both of these were oversized, I thought it was the same one. But looking at their patterns after I took the pictures, you can clearly see they’re different ones.

I’m glad to see them in the garden, and also the dragonflies are coming, and milkweed assassin bugs. The latter, you have to be careful about. They bite. I try to watch for them and leave them alone. They eat whiteflies, aphids, which are starting to appear, and even tomato caterpillars. Does it mean they’ll attack monarch butterfly caterpillars? Maybe. 🙁

Flame Skimmer Dragonfly

SEAL Wolf Surrender by Terry Spear
AMAZON | B&N | INDIEBOUND
APPLE | KOBO | BAM

Pretty cool, huh? Okay, I’m off to write. I edited and wrote 3675 words. I’m only 4400 words from word count, though I’ll probably write a lot more, and I’m still on a deadline crunch.

Have a great day!!!!

Terry

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Creating Art from Photos

I’m off to type up edits and begin writing again next, but I had to play with some artwork first. You know. Just because I have to blog and I needed something new to post. Right.

Any excuse to play with photos, right?

African Ducks
African Ducks Freed

I added several layers of water, two different kinds, sky, and texture. It’s not perfect, but I have 4 dogs I have to keep taking in and out and I have to get back to the real work at hand. But isn’t the artwork pretty?

I took the picture of the African ducks at a zoo and they just wouldn’t all look at me or hold still, yet it captures the essence of ducks, don’t you think? One grooming himself, two cuddling, another standing on one leg in rest.

In other news, Barnes and Noble is now beta testing an author bio page and guess what???? I was asked to participate. That rarely happens to me. Well…uhm, never. But yay! I felt honored.

Okay, I’m back to writing. Maybe I’ll take the dogs all out one more time. Kill milkweed bugs. And THEN get back to writing.

Have an artsy fun kind of day!

Terry

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Leader of the Pack


I am. Really. The dogs love me. Rilo is a beta corgi, and he’s always sleeping at my feet. If I go anywhere, all the dogs follow me. Luna, the other corgi and Tanner the black havanese are the alphas. Max, the white havanese is the other beta and he’s usually on my lap. It’s pouring out, so they all did their thing this morning and wanted right back inside and it was so wearing, they’re all asleep. Sooooo, I’m off to edit some more!

I love the rain! I was so glad to hear it this morning. Rain? Really? We haven’t had any in weeks, and even when we were supposed to get some, we haven’t.

So I’m ready to dance in the rain. But I have to edit and write instead.

Always the work ethic.

Have a beautiful and productive and fun day! It’s pouring again. Yay!

Terry

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Horrible Bugs in the Garden

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Milkweed bugs–the juveniles. They’re horrible. Oh sure, they have families, they probably love each other, and I’m the monster, but they they will destroy milkweed plants that monarch butterfly caterpillars have to have to survive. These bugs go after the seeds that will produce new plants so I never have to buy new ones.

I haven’t seen this many milkweed bugs ever. It’s like they’re in plague proportions. I had been cutting off the seed pods and dumping the whole lot of them into a soapy water container. But since then, I’ve been just shaking the seed pods using a stick, and dumping them into the witch’s brew, and that’s been working.

I also have these. They’re milkweed assassin bugs but they’re NOT doing their job. I think there are just way too many of the milkweed bugs. I was getting rid of the mating pairs of milkweed bugs as fast as I could, but obviously I didn’t get rid of enough of them. The good news is that I THINK I’m getting a handle on them. I’m not finding the huge numbers on the seed pods. But I have to be diligent and every time I go outside with the dogs (I’ve gained two more, dogsitting), I get rid of more of the milkweed bugs.

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Okay, the pack of dogs has gone out, eaten, gone out, it’s time to settle down and write.

Have a great day! I will be thinking of bugs in my nightmares….

Terry

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