It’s been in the 40’s and then in the mid 70’s during the day–very nice. The monarch butterflies had been laying eggs all over the milkweed, much of which is blooming still, and now the little caterpillars are eating and making cocoons. I love seeing them, but I always worry about them coming so late in the year because a freeze could kill them.
Okay, little one is here and I’m working on Joy to the Wolves edits if I can. We’re also going for a long walk today since it’s supposed to be warm.
I kept trying to capture the stages of the monarch caterpillar getting ready to transform to the butterfly stage. So this one was looking for a home, first on the chives in the planter, then finding a spot to attach himself to on the side of the planter. Next time I looked, he was already in his cocoon.
The same with this one. He was just on the other side of the pillar and he was getting ready to do the same thing at the same time. It’s amazing how big they are and they can fit into such a tiny cocoon.
Okay, I’m off to write! I wrote 2,000 words on Billionaire so am 3,000 words behind now, so chiseling away at it, but also wrote two promotional blogs, need one more, and 1,000 on the novella. Baby is here, so trying to type up the other promotional blog and turn it in, and hope to get some word count later.
On baby’s and my walk, I captured some pictures of our hot, muggy, Texas fall. And I realized there was a turtle near us. It was so muggy my lens kept fogging up (100% humidity) and then he hurried to get in the water and hide from us so the picture isn’t as clear as I’d hoped it to be. They are really shy around humans still. And I was able to show baby tons of very hungry caterpillars on the milkweed leaves, a carolina anole, the cocoon for the monarch butterfly, butterflies, honeybees, and bumblebees. So we had a science day.
Some days it’s impossible to get word count. Yesterday, it was just not possible. I was trying to finish edits when I could while baby was here. I managed 11 chapters, and still have 7 more to read through today. So I should get it done today, then back to word count on another story. I want to be able to turn in SEAL Wolf Surrender today.
We had stormy weather last night, lightning constantly. It poured, but things don’t look that wet out, too dark to really see. Our low is 65, our high 69. So much better than the heat index of 94 yesterday.
Okay, I’m off to finish SEAL…. hope you have a wondrous day!