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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Thankful Thursday 9/24/2015

Yesterday was the first day of autumn, Yom Kippur, and Eid Al-Adha. May the blessings of the season and holidays bring great cheer for the rest of the season and into winter. I am quite thankful autumn is here; I look forward to shorter days, cooler weather, and the changing leaves. Lately it's been in the high 70's, low 80's during the day, and high 40's, low 50's at night. I love that type of weather! Though, I look forward to high 60's/low 70's. With autumn comes Halloween and I'll be decorating soon!

Mimi loves this weather as well... and the sounds of outside.

Last Friday, mom released the two monarchs. We should be receiving a postcard from Mexico soon, or at least I hope those beauties will send us one. :D I see monarchs fluttering between milkweeds now, probably fueling for their journeys. We raised 18 caterpillars; 12 turned to butterflies. We still have some caterpillars out front, but they might not survive the cold nights. I'm thankful for the opportunity we had in August and September with raising them. The pictures I sent to the children's librarian has been great learning tools for children and mom sent them to a few people who have young children and they have been great learning tools for them as well. Isn't nature remarkable?! Everyone seems to love it and nature is just a great teacher for people of all ages.

I wrote one poem about the monarchs for As Far As The Eyes Can See. I'm going to write a few more. What do you think?

Quietly fashion yourself into a question mark,
from larvae to old age at the end of the day;
struggle, rage in the green silk until dark.

Though adults know when to flutter through the park,
their wings float free on flowers they prey--
quietly fashion yourself into a question mark.

Lively angels bless those that watch and bark,
their delicate bodies dance in the green bay
struggle, rage in the green silk until dark,

Rush, rush to Mexico's forests you embark,
and learn of their endangered status on the way,
quietly fashion yourself into a question mark.

And you, dearest beauties, I watch like a shark
as your chrysalises blacken, with happiness I pray.
Quietly break yourself out of your question mark,
struggle, rage in the green silk until dark.

I'm also looking for a title...

I'm also thankful for Janie's, Marsha's, Claire's, and Andrew's proofreading, suggestions, and general help regarding poems for my book. Your generosity is appreciated. You will all be getting a spot on the "Thanks A Million" page of my book. All of you and Acrassicauda for letting me use some of their song titles as inspirations for poems. Totally thankful for all of you and for all of your support. I am also thankful for my readers that leave comments as well.

What are you thankful for today on this first Thursday of autumn (or spring if you're in the southern hemisphere)?


  1. Hi, dear Jessica Marie! I'm happy to know you and Mimi are enjoying the start of autumn in S.E. Pennsylvania. For me here in Florida it's more of the same heat and humidity with just a slight hint of cooler temperatures late at night and early morning.

    I was thinking about your monarchs even before I read your post today. I applaud you for raising a good number of them and I hope the latest pair you released are winging their way safely to Mexico. Your poem about monarchs is wonderful, simply wonderful. It actually brought tears to my eyes, Jessica. I love and respect all living things. I admire you for your love of nature and wildlife and for teaching and inspiring children to do the same.

    Happy thankful Thursday to you, dear friend Jessica!

    1. Hi dear Shady! Mimi's allergies are terrible and the one antibiotic makes her throw up (much like a human - I suggested yogurt, but she probably won't eat yogurt). When she's feeling well, she loves the breezes and noises. Personally, I love this time and winter. Early spring too. I don't like very warm and humid weather.

      Thank you, Shady.:) It'll be happy once this book is done! I'm taking a lot of travel writing I've done in the past years and turning most of them into poems. It's fun, but exhausting. Do you have an e-mail address? I could send you some - my e-mail is, feel free to e-mail me.

      I hope you have a wonderful, relaxing day, dear friend, Shady!

  2. What a lovely thing you do.. caring for the Monarchs and sending them off on their journey with your love on a breeze (Love on A Breeze might be the title of your lovely poem). ;)

    My educated guess about your sweet kitty vomiting from antibiotics would say that if she's not keeping them down, they're not going to help her. Regardless of whether they're the cause or not, they're not staying in her and just making her feel poorly. It might merit a recheck for the initial problem.

    Thank you so much for your very kind words about my own sweet feline, Skitty. It's always nice to see a new and kindly face among the comments. I had wondered how you found me but now I see that we have the very sweet Shady Del Knight in common. :)

    I hope your cat is feeling much better before too long.

    1. I like that title, Hilary, I'm going to use it! It was such an experience to raise those monarchs and I'm glad we did it. I still see monarchs flitting by and hanging out on the milkweed. I also see swallowtails around as well. So pretty. :)

      Mimi has this issue every season change. Usually she only gets an antihistamine (which she is on now; they don't make her sick), but since she was breaking out into scabs and scratching them open, that's why the vet gave her the antibiotic. The scabs are healed for the most part. We call her our little problem child because of all of her health issues, but we love her dearly. She eats a special food too.

      You're welcome. It's never easy to lose a beloved animal. When we adopted Mimi in 2008, we adopted another cat along with her. Mimi was 3 when we adopted her, Olivia was 14. Olivia was a beautiful tuxedo cat that was rescued from a hoarder. She lived with us for 4 years and passed in 2012 at the age of 18. The cat we had before Olivia and Mimi was 19 and Nan's old cat was 19 too. I miss those three cats terribly. :(

      Thank you! We hope so too... but we're thinking by mid-fall she should be back to normal. It's that way each year!

  3. Thanks for being so concerned for the Monarchs... I am awaiting cooler weather!

    1. We just brought in the last caterpillar. There were two we were going to keep outside, but something killed the one. I'll be getting pictures of our last caterpillar and transformation. It's an amazing process.