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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Thankful Thursday 8/31/17

Happy Thursday! I can't believe it's the last day of August and we only have 3.5 months left of 2017! I started writing my yearly newsletter - I'm going to e-mail most of them this year, so if you'd like an e-mail, please drop me a comment with your e-mail address. I'll add you to the list! My newsletter won't be as busy as last year's newsletter, but that is okay. I was thinking about how I send updates every once in a while - I hope a newsletter won't be too much, but a newsletter isn't always as in depth. I think most people like hearing from me, so I shouldn't worry about being annoying. A newsletter will be okay.

Anyway, today is thankful Thursday! I feel like I have a lot to be thankful for this week. Last Saturday I ventured down to Atlantic City again for the day. Visiting the beach was my last hurrah for the summer. It was a nice trip and I met a lot of nice people while swimming for four hours. As I stopped for a water break, a lady sitting behind me approached me. She said to me, "I'm about to leave for the day, would you like my rental chair?" Since the casinos own the beach, that is why Atlantic City is free. However, you can rent chairs and umbrellas (and pay for them before you go on the beach). Since I brought my own blanket, I didn't want to rent. I was shocked that the kind woman asked me. I said I did want the chair and I thanked her up and down. I spent the last hour on the beach on the chair, with my eyes shut and listening to classical music. It felt great to relax and I am thankful for the kindness of a perfect stranger.





We're still raising caterpillars, but we only have one live caterpillar and one chrysalis that looks like it'll be successful. We're surprised that so many died, we think it's the type of milkweed we used this year. However, we are still thankful that we have two that survived. Hopefully, we'll find more.




What are you thankful for today?

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Thankful Thursday 8/24/2017

Happy Thursday! And now that the temperatures have cooled down for a little bit, I feel like I have a lot more to be thankful for.

I'm still in amazing mood from Monday. Monday was my first time experiencing a solar eclipse and I'm still in awe. I am thankful that mom ordered glasses for all of us and I am thankful for those I watched the eclipse with. I am also thankful for my one co-worker offering to take a picture of me viewing the eclipse. I can't wait to make a scrapbook.


I'm thankful one of the caterpillars turned into a chrysalis. Two died, but we have three babies and we have high hopes they will make it. I'm thankful for this experience.




I'm also thankful for the cooler weather, the peaceful walks I've been partaking in for the past few days and the peace I feel in general. I started scrapbooking again to relieve stress and I am grateful that has been helping as well.



What are you thankful for?

Monday, August 21, 2017

Total Eclipse of the Hea...errr...Sun

Can anyone guess what that reference is from? 😁😋

Of course, it's a reference from the first song that popped up on Amazon's Eclipse Music playlist today and the song I had on my mind since the eclipse was announced a few weeks ago. I'm making reference to Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart"!



Today was a major day for North America, our friends throughout the US and Canada could experience a total eclipse! Though, those living in the states of Oregon, Missouri, Kentucky, South Carolina, and a bunch of others were on the Path of Totality. They could see the whole thing! Fortunately, Philadelphia had 80% of the view. At around 2 PM I went outside for lunch and watched the whole thing through my special eclipse glasses. I even saw the eclipse at 2:45. Of course, I shared my glasses with some of my coworkers. We were just amazed.















I'm still in awe. I'm just extremely happy that I could see the Eclipse! I want to end this post with some other favorites for the eclipse.


























Thursday, August 17, 2017

Thankful Thursday 8/17/17

Happy Thursday! I hope you all have been having a great week and that your gratitude has been overflowing.

While yesterday wasn't the easiest day, my heart is still overflowing with gratitude. I feel thankful for the morning I had with Aunt Kathy on Sunday. We had breakfast and went to see the sunflowers in Elverson. It was beautiful and I am thankful we could see it. At a later date, I will write a blog post in regards to the sunflowers.











I'm also thankful for the caterpillars. The caterpillars are really growing and have been shedding their skins. I am glad we were given this opportunity to raise them again.






I'm also thankful for friends and family. Dad making my lunch and getting me some things for lunch, mom for cooking each night, and everyone else instrumental in my life.

What are you thankful for?

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Bug Fest 2017

After some coffee and breakfast at Starbucks, I walked to the Academy of Natural Sciences for their 10th annual Bug Fest. I was super excited and others must have been excited as well since the line for admission was out the door. Fortunately, I have a membership and could bypass the line. I'm thankful they had extra staff members to take our member numbers to get us in quicker.

My first stop was to Dinosaur Hall. I wanted to see what Dinosaur Hall had to offer and since it was the first part of the museum, it was logical to stop there first. They had Praying Mantises, baby Praying Mantises, katydids, and roaches. They were neat to see, but my favorite was the Praying Mantis.















I loved walking around the museum and looking at the different insects. At one point, I stopped near the butterfly enclosure and talked to a beekeeper. The beekeeper allowed me to taste some of the honey she harvested. It tasted just like my uncle's honey! My uncle is a beekeeper too.


























I headed downstairs and tried some yummy bug treats before the Bug Cookoff. I ever played some water games and learned about aquatic insects.
















Of course, the Bug Cookoff was amazing! I laughed and had the opportunity to try Red Beans and Yikes and cinnamon crickets. Not bad, but my favorite was the dragon fly and meal worm mango chutney.



































































































It was good, the photographer just wanted me to spit the crickets out to show I was eating them. I look grumpy.


Amazing time like always! I want to try making these dishes some day.