A Butterfly and a Strawberry Plant…

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My cat’s favorite all-time-ever place is under the Butterfly Bush in my front yard.  He will lounge there in wait for a luscious butterfly to land in his paw range.  Then he will bat at it.  I don’t think he is very successful at making contact.  As far as I know, it is Butterfly, all: Beedle Ray Weedleman, 0…but that is just a guess.

Yesterday, I saw just about the most enormous butterfly ever.  I couldn’t believe my eyes.  I would have described it as the size of a saucer, but I am terrible at those kinds of spatial comparisons, and I also tend to exaggerate.  (I once compared the real Sphinx in Egypt to the size of a mini-van.  The Sphinx is actually bigger.)  So, when Butterfly came back today, I quickly and quietly got my phone to take a picture.  Stealthily, I crept out, stood very still, and captured the evidence.  Butterfly is about the size of a Carolina Chickadee, which is pretty darn big for a butterfly.

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Then, I turned to come inside, and my eye caught my strawberry plant over in another flower bed.  It was the first flower bed I created in my yard four years ago.  At that time, I planted six strawberry vines, and my little dog, Hattie, dug up five of them.  I wrote about that strawberry metaphorically in my Christmas letter that year.  Then I promptly forgot about that plant.  Holy cow!  To my surprise, it was holding three ripe berries and a few developing ones, plus some flowers.  And there was new baby strawberry vine off to the side.  My, my, it was thriving.

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Sometimes it is very good to NOTICE, to look at everyday things with fresh eyes.  Oh, and hey, LOOK is my year word.

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