This, that and the other thing

I had my annual eye appointment this week. Do you recall that I had my laser vision surgery back in 2015? It was almost two years ago and I’m proud to say that my vision is just awesome. I know it’s not polite to boast, but I am. My right eye (distance) is 20/25 and my left eye (near) is 20/20.
I almost feel like an overachiever.
Ok, If I’m being honest, I actually DO feel like an overachiever.
I do have really dry eyes though and that was the case before the surgery. The Dr. said I can have tubes put in my ducts to help combat that.
When she suggested this, I immediately thought about pool noodles.
No. Thanks.
I’ll just keep the 27 bottles of eye drops I have scattered about in my house/car/purse.
Back in April my girlfriend and I went out for lunch and a margarita to celebrate my Mom’s birthday. What? It’s a thing.
We both had cucumber Margaritas and we declared that they were the best thing ever.
A few weeks later she and I were texting about getting together because the Coach was out of town and we love any excuse to catch up. So, I was thinking it would be great if I tried to make cuke margs for us. Well, I’d just call it serendipity because I didn’t even need to go to the store; I had 3 large cukes in my garden, a full bottle of good tequila, mint and limes. DESTINY.
So, I marinated the mint and cuke in tequila and voila; we had cuke margs and they.were.amazing.
If you care for the recipe, it’s this article here.
The other thing
I almost broke the bank and purchased myself a macro/wide lens for my cellphone.

Actually, it’s gone up $2 since I purchased mine. Supply and demand is alive and well.

I’m amazed at how great the photos/videos are. Who doesn’t want to record caterpillars eating or frolicking on a milkweed flower? Sadly, I can’t figure out how to properly share the videos on blogger. (arrggghhhh)
Happy Humpday!

I’ve created my own theme park

It’s called Butterfly World. Or maybe I should call it Cater-Palooza.

I’m so deep in my monarch butterfly saving that it really has become more time consuming than I’d like, but like most addictions, I don’t know how to stop!

I feel so compelled to help them and at first just planting the butterfly garden filled with lots of milkweed and nectar plants was enough.
But then it wasn’t.
I noticed a LOT of butterfly activity and a LOT of baby caterpillars.
Nature was doing her thing.
And then nature was doing her thing.
And that second nature wasn’t helping the situation.
I have a large amount of wasps and lizards that ALSO like to eat caterpillars.
So, then I was taking in the baby caterpillars and keeping them safely until they were larger and wouldn’t be eaten by the lizards and wasps. But then other things were happening.
Parasites. Disease.
So, now I’m taking in the baby cats and eggs and rearing them until they were full grown butterflies.

This tattered {smoky colored}female was around my garden for a few weeks laying gobs of eggs. 

And with that, my butterfly population has grown so much that I can hardly keep up with the babies and eggs.

This is a newly hatched monarch caterpillar on a Q-tip. Thank goodness I had that laser vision surgery!

Occasionally one will try to pick my brain before taking off into the great blue yonder. 

I planted Mexican sunflowers for nectar and the butterfly’s love them!

“Oye Vey” as my not so Jewish Mother would say.

But I’m fortunate that I don’t work full time and I can do this with MY time.
Somedays I release one or two butterfly’s,  some days I release 17.
They are beautiful critters and I think in the caterpillar stage they are so darn cute that I’d like to kiss their little faces.
OF course, I refrain because a smooch from me could be the kiss of death. I’m a rough kisser.

I started writing this post a few weeks ago, and since then, I’m really knee deep in caterpillars. So much so that it’s becoming apparent that I can’t keep up with my production. 🙂

I’ve found that I have so many eggs being laid that I’ve missed and I’m finding that there are SO many outside that are making it to adulthood. So, I’m doing some inside and letting the rest fend for themselves. {Sophie’s choice!}

Don’t ya hate it when your bangs get in your eyes and a monarch chrysalis forms on your neck? 

I sit at my desk and I can see so many of them fluttering by and it makes me so happy!

My name is Suzanne and I’m a monarch addict.

There. I said it!

Keep on flying!