Sunshine Streaming in My Window

Butterfly

I’m thankful for…


Sunshine streaming in through my kitchen windows greeting me as I feed
my dog and cat and make my coffee.

A warm house on a cold winter’s day!

The ability to read an inspirational chapter of a book.

Food in my refrigerator to make all of my meals today.

Great health!

Almost 8 hours of restful sleep last night.

The freedom to chose to drive to my church and worship.

The ability to bless someone today and this week
with a meal or some other act of kindness.

Pentas

Swallowtail Butterfly with Lantana in the first photo and Pink Pentas in the second photo taken by me in my flower gardens during warmer months!!

This post was Inspired by “One Thousand Gifts”

written by Ann Voskamp.

Originally posted on my Steemit blog! 

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What are you thankful for today?

 

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Monarchs in Plano, Tx

    Two years ago we saw migrating Monarchs nectaring on these white flowers. We were so happy to see them again in the same place today! There were at least 300 on these bushes that grow along this creek bed. Mostly they were resting and nectaring as there was a south wind blowing about 20 mph. A cold front is headed this way, in about 4 days, with a north wind to push them on to Mexico where they are migrating for the winter. It’s always amazing to see them in such great numbers.

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Success – A Monarch on my Frostweed!

My Frostweed is in full bloom! So I was thinking just yesterday, why am I keeping this 8 foot flower(weed) growing in my yard? The flowers opened a couple of days ago and nothing was on it. I had just about decided even though I had been told that this flower is a butterfly(in particular Monarchs) magnet that it just wasn’t meant to be for me! Today I casually took a look and it was covered with all kinds of bees, flies, tiny flying bugs and a few small butterflies. So I started taking pictures and all of a sudden a Monarch appeared! I was so happy and got lots of pictures while it fed on the flowers. Hopefully this beautiful Monarch will be winging its way to Mexico tomorrow! Scroll to the bottom of this post to see the Monarch pics.

Here is some more info about Frostweed.

http://npsot.org/wp/story/2011/1806/

Frostweed - 8 ft tall

Frostweed and Friends

Frostweed, butterfly, bee

Frostweed&Butterflies

Monarch - closed wing

Frostweed and Monarch and other butterflies

Frostweed and Monarch and other butterflies

Monarch 2014

Monarch with Frostweed 2014

Monarch with Frostweed 2014