Friday Meanderings

OHHC t-shirt

Facebook.

You probably know I’m not a big fan.  I joined many years ago at the urging of my children because they wanted me to know what was going on in their lives.  And most of the time I’m glad I did. (especially seeing Piper and Adley in Hawaii a few weeks ago since their parents wouldn’t take me with them as the nanny)

But after going through the slandering Terry and I both experienced in the past five months on FB without any recourse plus the politcal rantings on both sides of the aisle, I’m not on there much.

Having said that, I still go on to update a couple of the local non-profit pages. (And I can’t resist checking out what those grandkids are doing.)

And….that’s when I saw a photo on FB of Jes and me the last time we did the Gasparilla 15K together. (You know if you are on FB, they like to say remember this photo?) It must have been from Jessica’s camera because I can’t find the photo.  But I did find these!

At the convention center hanging with a pirate when we picked up our bag of stuff!

Here’s me all ready to go!

And at the run!

Gasparilla 15k

gasparilla

And all I could think of was “seven years ago I did a 15K?????”

What happened to me?

I don’t think either one of us looks older (other than it seems I lost all the pigment in my hair since then) but it was only seven years ago that I ran a 15 K?????

And that wasn’t just something I trained for as a one time event.  I RAN IT EVERY YEAR FOREVER!  Until six years ago!

I started running when I was about 30.  And my knees and back really hurt back then.  Even went to a doctor because my shin splints were so bad.  The doctor said, “quit running”.

Now I’m 61. I still run (not 9 miles). And my knees and back really hurt still. But no worse then 31 years ago.

Running.  So many people hate it.  But it’s been my savior.  (Along with Terry who was there for me in a really bad time) It’s my meditation.  My alone time.  My get it together time.

Okay, enough about the meanderings.

I’ve got a reveal!

So exciting!

The NEW OLD HOMOSASSA HERITAGE COUNCIL T-SHIRT!

OHHC t-shirt

Don’t tell anyone I showed this here.  Cause, the t-shirts aren’t available yet.  And, like, no one knows about it. TOP SECRET!

AND I DID THE ART!

Just kidding.  I did the letters.  Oh, I took the picture, too.

Our friend Gil Watson did the art.  He and Wendy also gave me advice on the letters.

HEY, LETTERS ARE HARD!

Just kidding, not hard when someone gives me guidance.

And Gil and Wendy are reopening their gallery TONIGHT!

And it’s the Luminary Art Walk, too.

OK, if you live anywhere near Homosassa, you need to stop by and check out their gallery.  Wendy has been hand-painting pebbles on the floor while Gil has been creating beautiful art for the Old Homosassa Heritage Council!

Gil and Wendy truly support the community.  They have given us so much.  But, gotta say, Gil this is the best artwork ever.

There are several other galleries to check out.

I personally have always wanted to live in an art destination.  Can we make my dream come true?

Next week is the “Old Homosassa Community Day”.

And I’m going to say that this was totally my idea while I was out on a run.

The Old Homosassa Heritage Council had already reserved the Homosassa Civic Center for a yard sale.

And I said, “hey kids, let’s make it bigger and better!”

And now.

I’m going for a run!

Things that fly….

caterpillars

Great Blue Heron

I posted this in my “Project 365” page as my photo of the day.  He did not appreciate the paparazzi!

Here’s the rest of the story.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

I didn’t scare him away for long. He came back the next day.  And the next, and the next.  Fishing is good on our canal!

I was trying to get a good photo of this Eastern Tiger Swallowtail as it flitted from blossom to blossom.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Then came across this one that was happily posing for me.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

I know that this is a “skipper”.  I did some research in my Audubon book and on the Internet and I think it’s a Long-Tailed Skipper.  There are a bunch of them on this bush right now.  Must be a good time for them!

Long-tailed skipper

Long-tailed skipper

Long-tailed skipper

My Audubon book calls this a Palamedes Swallowtail. Although I think I’ve seen it referred to as a Eastern Black Swallowtail.

Palamedes Swallowtail

Palamedes Swallowtail

And then I found three caterpillars on the milkweed.  I’ve always assumed that they are Monarch caterpillars. But this year I discovered that the Queen butterfly’s caterpillar also uses the milkweed for it’s host plant and we had a few of them this year. So I did a little research.  According to the Texas Butterfly Website, the Queen caterpillar has one “set of antennae and two sets of filaments, while Monarchs have one set of antennae and one set of filaments.”  These guys definitely have three protuberances.  Queen?

caterpillars

caterpillar

I never find the chrysalis.  But I do know the difference as butterflies. Hopefully I’ll be there to get some snaps!