Raising Monarch Butterflies

I am trying out using Pages in WordPress by documenting the life of a Monarch caterpillar, but I am a bit dubious about whether this is the best way to do it.

We have regularly raised them for about 6 years, but last year we didn’t see even ONE butterfly in Rochester, NY, which made us sad and not a bit worried. This year my daughter found an egg! Within 2 days it had hatched and the saga began. Every 2 days or so I take a photo and write something about the progress.

I will also share how we raise them, using pictures and descriptions. We actually have found about 6 more (as of this writing), so you will see how we live with this increasing mess.

However I am putting a link to the page in this post so that I can have the benefit of categories and tags. Check it regularly!


If anyone knows a better way to do this or the right way to use Pages, please drop me a comment or so.

OK, let’s learn how to prevent word crimes with Weird Al


Prey on words, part two/too/to

Lloyd's of Rochester:

ROFLMAO! Oh gosh, just too funny! I needed a good laugh!

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Prey on words, celebrity edition

Lloyd's of Rochester:

I’m at a loss for words – enjoy! I did.

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“The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about.” Wayne W. Dyer

Lloyd's of Rochester:

She says it so well I have nothing to add.

Originally posted on Today is the best day of our lives:

You are the answer

“If you try to get rid of fear and anger without knowing their meaning,
they will grow stronger and return.”
– Deepak Chopra

「 我們在不願理解我們為何畏懼、為何生氣而急於擺脫他們
他們會變得更強烈,然後回來糾纏我們。 」

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Free Energy Nitinol Heat Machines invented in the early 1970

Older ladies, let’s smile, laugh and be happy!

It’s happy video time (just 3, this time)!

Guys, you can appreciate these too, but sometimes ladies get pretty down on themselves, and aging in our culture can be a big downer for us. Yet, in this far-too-often stressful, tragic, unhappy, negative world, we often forget that pain is inevitable, but misery is OPTIONAL. Call me Proudly Pollyanna!

So, knowing that a little encouragement goes a long way to helping us turn things around, if you’ve feeling a bit down (or a lot), watch these and laugh and sing along or dance and get some of that exercise that we all know we need but don’t get enough of.

(There’s a 24 hour version of this in 1 hour increments if you want to try dancing that long! Here’s the link to the playlist: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIqO1DPOkR0&list=PLp9XTIHDvWR_sIC6TpWd_igY8xH86C2H5)

Oh, and if you want some funny (not mean) stuff about Moms, Dads and family watch Anita Renfroe and Tim Hawkins. Enjoy!

Motorcycle? Car? Both?

Very few people know that I love motorcycles. In fact, although I got my first license in a car, I didn’t actually drive one for years and the first vehicle I really drove (rode) was a motorcycle – almost exclusively for 5 years (very warm climate at the time). They are small, fuel-efficient, and fun to get around in. They are also dangerous.

Minor accidents caused me to drop mine twice, and 750’s are heavy to get upright again – unless you have a burst of adrenalin! Another time I was sideswiped by a driver who decided to deliberately and suddenly turn in front of me – thank God for crash bars! Then a friend of mine ended up in a hospital with over 180 stitches inside and out, took 6 months to recuperate and became addicted to pain killers, and my first husband died in a motorcycle accident. Yeah…

They are also weather dependent, especially for those of us living in 4 seasons. Snow and rain can really take the joy out biking. Fairings, weather gear, and full-face helmets don’t help much in snow, hail and driving rain.

So when I remarried and had kids we decided we would have no motorcycles until they graduate. However, here is an innovation that could break that rule!

Imagine a bike that keeps itself upright, has a place to carry stuff/purchases conveniently, actually protects you from the elements, combines the comforts and benefits of a car (even roll-down windows!) with 2-wheel convenience, the ability to hear each other (and other ambient sounds), no helmets needed, climate control, sound system and more. They are even working to make sure that only a standard driver’s license will be needed, with no motorcycle endorsement required (a plus for those who want one of these but who either don’t have the endorsement or want to go to the trouble to get it).

OK, I know all it doesn’t have (hey, I’m a biker chick), and technically many may not actually consider it a motorcycle, but if you live in an area where you might otherwise only ride for maybe 6 months (if you are lucky!), and if weather issues could make your traveling partner reluctant to go on road trips, this could make you think again.

On this link there is a full description.


And yes, they have a FAQ page: http://litmotors.com/faq/ but for those who are just itching to know, base price is $24,000 (the nitty gritty is all in the FAQ, too).

“Sultan’s Pleasure” – Eggplant has never tasted better!

If you have ever wondered how else you can prepare eggplant other than Eggplant Parmesan, grilled eggplant or Baba Ganouj, check out this wonderful recipe!  In Turkey they call this unusual dish Sultan’s Pleasure, for reasons which are obvious as soon as one samples it.  Particularly delicious with chicken.  We also like it as a dip for various breads, like pumpernickel.


Sultan’s Pleasure (Eggplant Cream, Hunkar Begendi)

3 medium eggplant
1 Tbsp lemon juice

6 Tbsp flour
4 Tbsp butter
3 Tbsp hot milk
3 Tbsp Parmesan or grated cheddar cheese
salt and pepper

Prick the skin of eggplants in several places and set in hot oven (350-400 F) on a cookie sheet, or grill them whole and unpeeled by holding over a flame and turning slowly.

When the skin begins to break and/or the insides feel very soft, cut off end and cut in half and scoop the pulp into a saucepan.

Mix lemon juice with pulp and simmer until very soft, stirring often (10-15 minutes).

Meanwhile, melt the butter, then add flour and stir until it makes a brown roux.

Beat the roux into the eggplant mixture (we use a hand mixer for consistency).  Slowly add the milk (more, if desired), and continue beating until mixture resembles mashed potatoes.

Lastly, add the Parmesan or grated cheddar cheese (adjust quantity to taste) and cook several minutes more.  Serve immediately (it’s best warm!).



Malaysian Airline MH370 – chronology of the investigation

In this world of quick news turnover (here in the US, anyway), often stories become reduced to rehashing of the same original information, but with more details removed to make space for newer stories. So here are a series of links to  articles following developments in the case of the lost Boeing 777, Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

(Reformatted to be read with most recent info at the top.) Latest update:

The most plausible theory/explanation of what happened to the flight, written by a pilot.

March 18, 2014 – “A Startlingly Simple Theory About the Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet” – http://www.wired.com/2014/03/mh370-electrical-fire/

“There has been a lot of speculation about Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Terrorism, hijacking, meteors. I cannot believe the analysis on CNN; it’s almost disturbing. I tend to look for a simpler explanation, and I find it with the 13,000-foot runway at Pulau Langkawi….” (follow link for the full article)


Apr 2, 2014 12:44am“Transcript of communications between Malaysia Flight MH370 and ground control”http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/02/us-malaysia-airlines-transcript-idUSBREA3108S20140402



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