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Nancy Dugas-Gilmore
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Getting ready for a 'New To Me' adventure....
Woke up to 9 degrees Fahrenheit. Wow! Now to decided how to dress for a day with 9 other die hard hikers. Layers for sure. I get the pups out of their kennels, get backpack ready with breakfast, snacks and water. Again, am I dress well enough?! Do I have ev...

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Christmas movies, crocheing and tatting!
With wind chill factor being below zero (Fahrenheit) it's a great time for P.J.'s and staying indoors. Here is what I crocheted. A ponytail/neck warmer . Easy to make and in no time at all I had one made for myself. Also, having a blast with these adorable ...

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Rearing Monarch butterfles and preparing for new year
Tagging is one of the things I want to get involved with next spring. Here I am sharing with you someone who has done it and explains it quite well.

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The last 2 Monarch Butterflies for Fall 2016
    So here it is Friday October 7, 2016 8 AM. I kept them really close by to watch the emerging process without incidents. Like falling or unable to properly come out. If they do fall, one needs to get them off the flat surface as soon as possible so the w...

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Just a little information about the Monarch Butterflies
            Remember this? If you look close enough you can see the wings on the left side of the pic.                  A beautiful chrysalis with the silk on top. Above is a magnified view of what is holding the chrysalis to the top of the cages. Below is ...

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While butterflies are emerging....Let me introduce you to the newest member of our family
     Lounä Izabella. You have to know I am one proud 'Granna'. My first great-grand daughter! Thank goodness for the internet and all the possibilities that I have to see this adorable child 'daily'. So looking forward to holding her...one day soon. smile...

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6 Monarchs have flown away....6 remain in chrysalis-Early October 2016
  I find this so fascinating. In just 2 weeks this is how much the monarch caterpillars grows! No wonder one needs to supply LOTS of milkweed leaves to these cats. This is a great pic (NOT MINE) of how the chrysalis emerges from the caterpillar. This proces...

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Is this not the cutest apron!
  One of the ladies on our daily walks said she had 'just the thing' for me. Her mother use to make and sell these aprons. Kathy had this one and thought it would go so well with my 'butterfly garden'. I agree!   And now I give you Monarch #2. This is a mal...

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Meet Monarch Butterflies #1, 2 and 3.
# 1 on the left has eclosed and #2 is just starting too! The wings are wet and very wrinkled. It takes a few minutes to 'transform'. Watch this video . It's very cool. Also note the 'proboscis' and how the butterfly will work to curl the 2 tubes into one. T...

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Running our of milkweed!
  One foggy morning, I was looking out the window at my poor Tropical milkweed. (one of 6 mw plants). Wondering how I was going to feed the six caterpillars I had remaining. Only a few leaves remain on this one. Then I notice a hummingbird sitting on the up...
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