These beautiful butterfly photos were taken right outside my front door — in the flower beds that house my Black Eyed Susans and Purple Cone Flowers (both plants are native to Maryland). I am not sure what the species of butterfly is on top, but the bottom one is a yellow swallowtail butterfly, a close relative of the black swallowtail butterfly.
The plants outside of my house have mostly come from my favorite garden center, Homestead Gardens. I have referenced them often throughout this blog. I was so saddened to hear that the owner, Don Riddle, Jr., was found deceased on his boat, having apparently committed suicide on June 30th. He was 63 years old.
I have been out of sorts for days — lethargic, but not lazy — I cleaned out my bedroom and have 3 huge garbage bags and two boxes of unwanted stuff ready for Purple Heart to pick up tomorrow. I am thinking that if something ever should happen to me unexpectedly, I don't want my family to have to deal with all of my unwanted stuff. Life is SO random, and there are people I know personally, and those that I know of that are dealing with some really difficult circumstances, and all I can say is "I hope it's all going to be okay, and I am here if you need me."
I have been hibernating from my life. I know there are things I need to do to feel better. Two of them are diet and exercise. I have been so lazy about both of those for a long time. I can't wait any longer for motivation to inspire me to get out there and do what I need to do. I just need to make the effort every day to eat consciously and exercise, and the motivation will find me somewhere along the way. (Thanks to Cathy Zielske's blog post, which led me to this blog, Trading Pounds, Lose the Weight, Gain Your Life.)
The heat has been so oppressive today and is going to be even worse tomorrow. I hope it breaks in time for Camp Kathy, which begins on Sunday.
Purging from my bedroom had a dual purpose, getting rid of "stuff," and also making room for the girls (my nieces, ages 5, almost 6, and 11), who will be sleeping in my room during Camp Kathy, and I am going to relocate to the daybed in my office. Hopefully the sleeping arrangements will work out okay. Each girl will have their own drawer in one of my dressers so they can fully unpack. (SO happy about that!)
Monday begins Ali Edwards' Week in the Life, which I fully plan to participate in. It will be fun documenting the week with the girls.
Have a great weekend, and above all, stay cool!
(I plan to blog next week, hopefully while the girls are watching a movie in the evening — the plan for Camp Kathy is to be busy and keep TV viewing and movie watching to one movie in the evening only).