Bluebells are my favorite flowers and today was the first time I have ever been able to see them in person. For the past two years, my husband and I have attempted to go on a guided hike/tour to see the bluebells in their "peak season". Last year, there was some minor flooding in the [...]
This past week I have been on a staycation, tidying up around the house in preparation for hosting my sister's upcoming nuptials. At this point in the week, I am just concentrating on picking things up off the floor, sorting through piles of mail, catching up all of the laundry, taking out the recycling, that [...]
This year, Dennis and I had the unique opportunity of going on an extended family vacation to the Florida panhandle's Emerald Coast. I've passed through Miami International Airport before on my way to the Caribbean but this was my first real Florida trip. My introduction to Florida was the beautiful Gulf town of Destin, not [...]
Last week I posted about maps and the efforts of some modern cartographers to re-invent how we look at the world (Fascinating Maps Look at Etymological Origins). Living in a landlocked part of the country, I've never been to either coast and haven't travelled much. Until now. This weekend, I'll be embarking on my own [...]
Etymology, or the origins of what words mean is something that I think we all can learn from. You may not think you care about it but if you've ever browsed online at baby name websites or flipped through a baby book of names and their meanings, you've been practicing etymology. I love the idea [...]
The Morpho Peleides, also known as the Blue Morpho, or The Emperor, is native to Mexico, Trinidad, Central America and some parts of S. America. This spring saw a kaleidoscope of Blue Morphos butterflies released at the Butterfly House. Although the height of their season was in March, this past Sunday promised to be a [...]
Wishing you a cheery day!
In this brisk Missouri weather we've been having (60 degrees and shorts on Friday, icicles on the car on Saturday), I admit that I am longing a bit for spring in the beautiful botanical gardens at Shaw's Garden. Every year brings new delights as flowers blossom, festivals are scheduled, and special exhibits open. One of [...]