It was so exciting to find the only Monarch egg that I’ve been able to find this season, hatching right before my eyes, so I quick put the camera on video to catch the moments. It’s quite interesting to watch this tiny, (almost invisible to the human eye) little caterpillar make it’s debute into a pretty rough and tumble world, where it’s got to bloom where it’s planted, so to speak, fighting off all sorts of predators and enemies before it will eventually find it’s wings. The Monarchs are scarce this year in many places, and the milkweed dry and diseased, so this was a precious find for a Monarch lover such as myself. This little one is safe and sound in a mesh nursery away from the foes that it might entangle in the wild outdoors. Enjoy the little star of “Hatch”
Taken in his butterfly house ~ The little star of “Hatch” is coming along nicely and growing like a weed (no pun intended). He is one long, lean caterpillar. Since he did so well starring in his debut show with 55,729 people reached and 17k views I though I’d reward him with his own milkweed plant enhanced with some sweet blooms that grew in my garden. He loved them and was devouring a floral meal a couple of hours ago. He seems long to me so I hope everything goes well.
One of God’s small, yet most amazing creations is the miracle and transformation of the butterfly from tiny egg to wings. Here Hatch has been snuggled into his beautiful, jade chrysalis trimmed with gold for about two weeks and is about to emerge with his gorgeous monarch wings and take flight to Mexico. How amazing is this? ❤
Here’s looking at you! The little star of Hatch received His fabulous wing award today. He was beautiful and perfect in every way. It’s been a fabulous journey with you Hatch, from the side of cornfield to gorgeous wings. You’re a star with your video reaching 62,588 and 20k view. Stay safe and make it to Mexico.<3
The beautiful success story and life cycle of Hatch, the little monarch egg found by the corn field
This came as an email this morning and brought back memories of the old clothesline. I was a kid back in the day and for me back then it was just mom hanging the clothes out to dry every Monday. To her it wasn’t just protocol that Monday morning was washday with the old wringer washer, but it was a precise operation with rules to follow from start to finish! As a kid it meant nothing other than clean clothes to wear, but who even thinks of that as a kid? There are so many things we take for granted in this life. I still remember coming home from school to find stiff, frozen clothes hanging in the living room to thaw before being tended to. After all, they were too stiff to work with. To mom it was all in a day’s work! To me it was just another boring, Monday washday and to the adult neighborhood that clothesline was almost like the small town weekly newspaper that told many tales!
THE BASIC RULES FOR CLOTHESLINES: (If you don’t even know what clotheslines are, better skip this.)
1. You had to hang the socks by the toes… NOT the top.
2. You hung pants by the BOTTOM/cuffs… NOT the waistbands.
3. You had to WASH the clothesline(s) before hanging any clothes -walk the entire length of each line with a damp cloth around the lines.
4. You had to hang the clothes in a certain order, and always hang “whites” with “whites,” and hang them first.
5. You NEVER hung a shirt by the shoulders – always by the tail! What would the neighbors think?
6. Wash day on a Monday! NEVER hang clothes on the weekend, or on Sunday, for Heaven’s sake!
7. Hang the sheets and towels on the OUTSIDE lines so you could hide your “unmentionables” in the middle (perverts & busybodies, y’know!)
8. It didn’t matter if it was sub-zero weather… clothes would “freeze-dry.”
9. ALWAYS gather the clothes pins when taking down dry clothes! Pins left on the lines were “tacky”!
10. If you were efficient, you would line the clothes up so that each item did not need two clothes pins, but shared one of the clothes pins with the next washed item.
11. Clothes off of the line before dinner time, neatly folded in the clothes basket, and ready to be ironed. IRONED??!! Well, that’s a whole OTHER subject!
A clothesline was a news forecast,
To neighbours passing by,
there were no secrets you could keep,
When clothes were hung to dry.
It also was a friendly link,
For neighbours always knew
if company had stopped on by,
To spend a night or two.
For then you’d see the “fancy sheets”,
And towels upon the line;
you�d see the “company table cloths”,
With intricate designs.
The line announced a baby’s birth,
From folks who lived inside,
as brand new infant clothes were hung,
So carefully with pride!
The ages of the children could,
So readily be known
by watching how the sizes changed,
You’d know how much they’d grown!
It also told when illness struck,
As extra sheets were hung;
then nightclothes, and a bathrobe too,
Haphazardly were strung.
It also said, “On vacation now”,
When lines hung limp and bare.
It told, “We’re back!” when full lines sagged,
With not an inch to spare!
New folks in town were scorned upon,
If wash was dingy and gray,
as neighbours carefully raised their brows,
And looked the other way.
But clotheslines now are of the past,
For dryers make work much less.
Now what goes on inside a home,
Is anybody’s guess!
I really miss that way of life,
It was a friendly sign
When neighbours knew each other best…
By what hung on the line.
PASTOR: “Praise the Lord!”
PASTOR: “Will everyone please turn on their tablet, PC, iPad, smart phone,and Kindle Bibles to 1 Cor 13:13.
And please switch on your Bluetooth to download the sermon.”
“Now, Let us pray committing this week into God’s hands.
Open your Apps, BBM, Twitter and Facebook, and chat with God”
“As we take our Sunday tithes and offerings, please have your credit and debit cards ready.”
“You can log on to the church wi-fi using the password ‘Lord909887. ‘ ”
The ushers will circulate mobile card swipe machines among the worshipers:
Those who prefer to make electronic fund transfers are directed to computers and laptops at the rear of the church.
Those who prefer to use iPads can open them.
Those who prefer telephone banking, take out your cellphones to transfer your contributions to the church account.
The holy atmosphere of the Church becomes truly electrified as ALL the smart phones, iPad, PCs and laptops beep and flicker!
Final Blessing and Closing Announcements…
This week’s ministry cell meetings will be held on the various Facebook group pages where the usual group chatting takes place. Please log in and don’t miss out.
Thursday’s Bible study will be held live on Skype at 1900hrs GMT. Please don’t miss out.
You can follow your Pastor on Twitter this weekend for counseling and prayers.
God bless you and have nice day.
These pictures were taken on a iphone by my son, two years ago. The nest was just outside their door in a very low branch on a small tree. What fun it was to watch the progression of these baby robins from three blue eggs to empty nest, via email!