The Blue Bees, TV, Rebel with wings, Veggies and being the Christmas hostess with the mostess.

The Blue Bees

A while ago I’d read about Mason bees and what a great contributor they were for pollinating. They don’t make honey or sting you….they just pollinate, pollinate and then pollinate some more.
I’d purchased a mason bee house and we were going to hang it….but then life happened. It’s still sitting on the outdoor kitchen waiting. But seriously, I’m not in short supply of bees in my yard…..they are a plenty.
(Also, I’ve got a lot of the a**hole kind; the wasps, the hornets, the angry yellow jackets!)

Anyhoo….in one of my newer butterfly (milkweed) gardens I’ve noticed these weird looking BLUE/GREEN bees.
Me: “what are you and why are you always here?”
The Bee: “buzz, buzz, buzz”
I finally googled this because I was then worried they might be the carpenter Bee that my Aunt and Uncle had issues with this year.

Alas, this was NOT an issue.
The Blue Bee is a GREAT bee to have.
Actually, I’d hit the BEE lottery.
 They are Blue Orchard Mason Bees. They pollinate, pollinate and then pollinate some more.
And, they’re lovely.

FYI: If you say BlueBees really fast several times, well, then you sound really weird.

Has anyone been enjoying some of the new shows this season?
I’m particularly fond of This Is US (reminds me somewhat of Parenthood, but a bit deeper)
It’s thought provoking and touching.

Also, American Housewife. This mama cracks me UP as does the Dad on the show. Great writing.

The Veggie Garden

I finished my veggie garden a few weeks ago and it’s coming in nicely. My MIL gave me a beautiful Mum, some tomatoes and arugula. I then added more ‘maters, red and yellow bell peppers, romaine and broccoli. This is the first time I’ve ever mulched my veg. garden and I’m hoping this alleviates all the cussing that I do because of the weeds.
Yay for less bad language.

Rebellious caterpillar
I currently have 10 chrysalis in my ongoing saving of the monarch butterflies.
Can you see this one in the pic? He/She is on the OUTSIDE of the container. When it was a caterpillar, it escaped a few times from the container. Seriously, I’d never have this happen before. So, the last time it escaped, I just left it outside…..I’m going to have a good ‘talking’ to this one in a few days when it’s ready to fly. Rebel.

It’s only the beginning of November and I’ve already planned two Christmas parties.
I’m excited.
And whooped.
But mostly excited.
Last year we weren’t really able to decorate for Christmas since we were living in half the house, I’m sooooo ready to put up the Christmas tree(s)!!

Our 2015 little tree with ONE lone ornament. 

Are two tree’s enough this year? Gosh….I’m thinking I might need three.
Just kidding.
But really….three is a better number when it comes to design.

Have a great weekend!! I hope you’re buzzzing with fun.


Joining Tanya and friends for Willy Nilly Friday

The one where almost everything is flying.

*The Flag
For Coach’s birthday the girls gifted him with a flagpole; he’s wanted one for the yard for a long time.
(The black/blue flag stands for Law Enforcement support)
The clanking of the flags/straps/clips in the wind reminds me of being back in public school. I loathed school, but I find the sound of the flag clanging comforting. If I ever get to therapy, I’m sure theres a reason for this.

(I have no idea why two videos show up. When I try to edit it only shows one)

*The garden
My new-ish butterfly garden is coming in really well. But now I’m now wondering if I’ve put in too many plants? I need to do some trimming. FYI: It’s a huge butterfly attractor for sure….but what I’m most surprised by is the amount of bee’s that are always present.
I’m talking nearly eleventy thousand bees.daily. Yes, I counted them and I’m exhausted.

*The butterflies
I’m still busy making monarchs.
Ok, I’m not ACTUALLY making them, I’m assisting them to have life. I’m a life assistant.

This week I’ve had 5 emerge….all females. If some boys don’t start showing up we’re gonna be in trouble; the girls need the boys to make babies. Well, at least thats how it works in nature.

But….a few weeks ago I did catch these two in the act of love.
Butterfly porn….yep, it happens in my yard.

*I took the dogs out to potty after dinner one night and Cocoa decided to forgo the potty action and have a little siesta by the pool; Harley joined in a minute later. These two old (11 & 17) critters are best buds.

*It’s been windy and kinda overcast all week and I LOVE IT. Really, we get too much sunshine around here…..I like a bit of a change.
Yeah, I just said that.
Also, the humidity is taking a bit of a break and the air has dried up a tad. Honest to goodness my skin felt it within 12 minutes. Death.Valley.Skin.for.SUZ.

If you need me, I’ll be in the bathroom applying moisturizer.

Have a great weekend my friends!

Linking up with Tanya for Willy Nilly Fridays.