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Butterfly and Flowers

Butterfly at Wild Kingdom. I love butterfly exhibits and could stay in one and take pictures all day.

I’ve done some weeding. I could do a ton more, but I want to write. I caught the rat that was eating my tomatoes and chewed a hole through the fence. But of course there are tons more. I heard one in the wall yesterday afternoon, scratching like it was as big as my 15 lb dogs. I thought it was them! Until I saw them watching me, waiting for me to get rid of the rat. ugh. Time to call the exterminator.

I managed 3,000 words, 4,000 behind still. But if I can get 3,000 a day, that whittles down the amount by a 1,000 each day. Off to write!!

Hope you have a delightful day.

Terry

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Butterfly on Flowers

Butterfly Garden at Wild Kingdom

My granddaughter didn’t want to go out much yesterday, though we did take one long walk. But afterwards, we did all kinds of crafts and were going to make cupcakes, no frosting. What? No frosting? So I need pick up some and get some groceries. We did a treasure hunt instead. And that was a lot of fun!

They’re talking about us having a repeat of the freeze in February last year and our power grid not holding out, only with temperatures getting too hot this weekend and having the same effect. Everyone involved in the electric grid issues should be fired. And whoever is getting kickbacks for this situation should be in jail.

I threw a bunch of freezer packs into the freezer that I wasn’t using and I’m going to make more ice to add to it, JUST in case we’re without electricity. We did have wild storms last night and that cooled it down considerably this morning, which is great. But they’re expecting mid and upper 90s all weekend and next week. And this is WAY too early to have heat that high.

Okay, I’m off to get to work on writing. I have proofing to do on the Christmas Wolf Surprise so I might not get my word count for Highland Wolf today. It’s also a Christmas story, so maybe “seeing snow” will make me feel cooler as I write and proof.

Have a super fun day!!

Terry

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Spring Flowers and a Butterfly–or Moth

It’s time to do monthly art challenges again. This one was for spring. I took the photo of the moth? Butterfly? At Disney’s butterfly exhibit.

Good day on getting my steps in again yesterday, even got 3,000 words on the story, finally!!!!! I’ve been either taking care of grandkids or too sick to think with this head cold, and I managed to at least be only 3,000 words behind instead of 4,000. I need to try and get another 3,000 today if I can.

I’m off to work! Have a delightful day!

Terry

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Mustard Butterfly

I learned something new! The White Cabbage Butterfly has spots, the White Mustard Butterfly does not!

Well, I started the Christmas novella yet again, but it still isn’t want I want. lol. Four different starts. I don’t usually do this. I usually just have an idea, eventually, and run with it and get stuck along the way. *sigh*

So I’m taking care of both kids this afternoon. I need a baby swing. I need some safety scissors for my granddaughter. Her preschool teacher says she needs practice cutting out shapes. Soooo, Grandma is going to practice with her if I’m not walking baby the whole time. lol

We’ll find shapes around the house, trace them, and practice cutting. Maybe work on our rainbow sewing project and paint a giraffe rainbow colors. She loves everything rainbow, so everything she does, she has to make rainbowish.

Okay, I’ve got to get some stuff done before they get here. Hope you all have a fun-filled weekend!!!

I’ve got to figure out this story. I even watched two Christmas movies to try and get in the mood. *double sigh*

Terry

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Butterfly, Butterfly

The 2nd photo is the original I took walking along the cliffs of a beach in San Diego. I loved how the butterfly was white on white and how the background was perfectly blurred to set them off in-camera. The first version is the hand-painted version. I painted the background, flower, butterfly, then added some Heather the Painter overlays–veils and a high key overlay.

At 3:30, I was coughing my head off again and got up and was on the computer for about an hour, and then went back to bed and was thinking about Christmas Cougar Calamity. How come they had to stay on the North Shore for Christmas? And then, after trying to figure this out for weeks, I had it! Could I remember it?

I laid awake with scenes rolling through my head. Shoot! I had to write it down.

I needed to sleep. It was 5 am already and the dogs would want to go out soon. I wasn’t coughing.

I had to write it down because if I didn’t, I would forget it. The story won out. I wrote until 5:30, I think, and then I turned off the light and closed my eyes, thought about the story some more, drifted off, woke at 6, Max was stirring and fussing. But I was soooooo tired, so sunk into my pillow, not coughing and yes, I could have easily gotten up, but I suspected if I just stayed in bed, if I ignored the dogs, I might really sleep.

At 8:15, I woke. I was shocked. I knew I was tired after nights of not sleeping and I really needed that. I never sleep that late unless I’m sick. But the good news is I don’t have COVID-19, just a bad cold.

The bad news is, with the way our infection rates are going and hospitals are filling to capacity, no one is safe.

We had 5 inches of rain! I just brought in my basil plant. It’s supposed to be 30 degrees in the morning. I’ve never grown it before, not sure it will make it inside, but it’s potted with another plant that has to be indoors when it’s cold, so we shall see. At least, if it survives, it will be easy to reach to cut and use in meals! And my house has a hint of basil fragrance.

I turned in my proofing of The Wolf Wore Plaid yesterday.

Have a great day! I think we’re getting sun today. I’m off to write!

Terry

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Birds and Butterflies

Giant yellow swallowtail. Pelicans? I included the before of the bird picture also to show what a difference it made. The swallowtail is recent, the pelicans were at a zoo in Omaha and no, I haven’t been going to zoos of late. These are all old pictures I’ve never shared. It’s fun taking a ho-hum picture and making something new and interesting out of it.

We were supposed to have 80% rain yesterday, we had none. So today, no rain. Tomorrow, rain. A system in the Gulf might bring us rain. We’ll see. I didn’t get to capture them, but we had some beautiful thunderheads.

I couldn’t write yesterday because of little one. I went over and had dinner with them, so I only managed 349 words on the book. Today, I will have to do better!

I have a hummingbird visiting the hyacinth bean flowers. Who would ever have thought! I haven’t been able to capture it either. I was about a foot away from it the other day, camera in the house. lol

Have a super, great day!!! And stay safe!

Terry

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A Butterfly on Zinnia

Playing around with textures and cropping the photo at different closeness. I thought it was cool in the really close picture that you can see the pollen on the butterfly.

Yesterday, I had fun with the kids from the morning through lunch and still managed to get 3,000 words. Yay! That all has to do with doing some research and coming up with a fun side trip in the story. I have to start taking little one two days a week starting tomorrow, two weeks early, so I’ll miss my word count that day. Hope to make up for it by writing more today. I was torn–weed, which I desperately need to do, or just write.

Tomorrow, it’s supposed to be a little cooler. Maybe I’ll weed this week instead. See how easy it is to put off the inevitable?

I did walk today anyway!

Have a great day and stay safe!

Terry
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Desert Dust and the Beauty of a Butterfly

The Beauty of a Butterfly–Monarch on Zinnia

Having trouble with WordPress again. I wrote this 2 hours ago, but the blog wouldn’t post. So now I’m trying to copy and paste onto a new blog. Total pain.

The Sahara Desert dust has come to stay–for a while.

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The dust is outside and inside–air quality was at 170-awful, yesterday.

This reminds me of the awful dust storms we would have in West Texas.

With the dust, it’s reduced the chance of having the storms we’ve been having. I was hoping that they would wash the dust away. But it has also chased away hurricane and tropical storms, for the time it’s visiting us.

I managed to write 2500 words on Dreaming of the Highland Wolf. I spent half the day with my daughter and granddaughter, then spent the rest of the day working on the story.

And I took one of the pictures I’d taken and played around with it before I did some edits on the novella and called it a night!

Have a great day! Air quality is 102 here so far, and we already have a heat index of 89 and it’s only 5 am. I’m off to make corrections and then try and catch up on my oil painting class. Then write. By the time it gets to be late, I’m too tired to try.

Terry

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Giant Swallowtail and Storms

It’s been a morning and a half. About 2 months ago, I reinjured my shoulder where I’d torn the rotator cuff. It took a year to heal. But thankfully, in 14 years, it was fine. Until I reinjured it. I think it was lifting all those 40 lbs of bags of mulch, 18 of them about 2 months ago. Anyway, it kept getting worse and worse and worse. The first time, I had a frozen shoulder and could only raise my arm part way. I had to have surgery. It’s not as bad this time, but it aches constantly and so sleeping is intermittent.

So this morning I was in awful pain as usual, and I just gave up on it and began editing the book again at 4 am. We’ve had torrential storms from the tropical storm and had 9″ of rain already. I had to take the dogs out on their leashes to get them to do their duty. NO WAY were they going out in the lightning and thunder and pouring rain to do anything. They could hold it. Right. lol But if I took them out, they felt a little safer.

Anyway, so I’m up to ch 15, trying to still figure out how to end this. If I could get a couple of good nights of sleep, maybe I could figure it out!

I had made so many changes, so many new scenarios, so many shifts of scenes that I need to see if it was all working. So far, so good.

Have a great day! I love the rain. I wish it would spread out a little and not all come at once though!

Terry

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Giant Swallowtail

on a Giant Zinnia

Their wings flap so fast constantly that I never know if I’ve just gotten a blur or something nice and clear.

I’m off to proof another 160 pages of Night of the Billionaire Wolf. Need to get this turned in so I can get back to Red Wolf Christmas.

Another sizzler for three more days and then the temps will be around 91 for a high, yay!

Have a super fun day!!!

Terry

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