Monday, June 30, 2014

Cloud Babysitting

Earlier this morning, we came home to a note on my pillow notifying us that we'd be looking after a cloud for a couple hours. We were instructed to wait outside for it to arrive. It floated down from the sky soon after, no further instructions or manuals attached. As well behaved as it was, it did keep floating away, so we had to tie a leash on to keep it down. We took it for a walk around the yard and showed it to the garden. It only had one temper tantrum, in the form of a tiny downpour (quite powerful for such a small cloud!) and itty bitty lightning bolts.

Within two hours, a thank you note appeared on the grass, and--taking the hint--we unleashed the cloud so it could float back to the sky.

Mission of Magic: Pipe Cleaner Flowers on the Playground

We were out on Daycation #2 exploring the particular town Madre had wanted to show us for a while. On the way home, we stopped at a park to have a picnic, and after eating, Madre announced she wanted to relax for a bit, so Silkworm and I decided it was the perfect time to take off on a Mission of Magic. We haven't been on a Mission in a while and that fact had been eating at us, telling us we weren't true Enchantemissaries, so we'd been bringing our Enchantemissary bag with us wherever we went in hopes of being able to make use of the goodies inside. Good thing we did, because otherwise we wouldn't have gotten to take advantage of one of the most ideal spots for a Mission of Magic.

The fence leading up to the playground at that park is now growing a little pipe cleaner flower, and there's a tiny garden of flowers set up on the playground itself, on a bridge part. Even such a simple Mission satisfied us somewhat. We've concluded; we must do more Missions of Magic regularly.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

A Blanket Fort a Month: June '14

It was during the late afternoon hours--sorta kinda the early evening ones I guess--when we remembered for the seventh time this month that we hadn't fulfilled our monthly blanket fort quota. This would be the last time we remembered, though, as we took to the basement to grab the first clean sheet we could find, which splendidly happened to be a kingdom-esque drop-dead red one. We pitched our little tent in the corner of the bedroom in front of my closet, decked it with my wooden-bead-necklace-turned-temporary-garland, a strand of art yarn I made myself on a spindle, our pipe cleaner pom pom monkey garland, and a walnut boat photo, and finally perched Gilroy the crochet octopus and Tiptap (our new mouse puppet) atop as our guards.

It's a lovely fort, rather cozy indeed. We've been crocheting for a special project inside. I think it's safe to say the fort is staying up until it falls down or until I can't take not being able to access the innards of my closet any longer.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Nineteen: Week 2

I'm documenting being 19 years old with a 365 photo project--one photo for everyday of my twentieth year. Click here to find out more.

Day 8
June 20, 2014

Day 9
June 21, 2014

Day 10
June 22, 2014

Day 11
June 23, 2014

Day 12
June 24, 2014

Day 13
June 25, 2014

Day 14
June 26, 2014

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Turtle Trails

We went for a walk in the park yesterday and got reacquainted with the turtles that live in the lake under the boardwalk and saw a twig that turned out to be a caterpillar and watched the reflection of the water in the trees.

The end.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Immortal Fears

For those who faced their fears and nothing changed, you deserve a medal made out of the rarest solid element in the universe. If you've tried and tried to confront it in hopes of desensitizing yourself somehow but it just won't work, that doesn't make you weak. That doesn't mean you didn't try hard enough, or that you have to keep trying. That is not "letting" fear burrow into your skin and make a home underneath it. That is bravery, and you ought to be proud for surviving swallowing such a potent dose.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Nineteen: Week 1

I'm documenting being 19 years old with a 365 photo project--one photo for everyday of my twentieth year. Click here to find out more.

Day 1
June 13, 2014

Day 2
June 14, 2014

Day 3
June 15, 2014

Day 4
June 16, 2014

Day 5
June 17, 2014

Day 6
June 18, 2014

Day 7
June 19, 2014

Mantid Hatching

For the past few weeks, we've had a plastic container on our table with two egg cases inside, each allegedly home to around 100-200 praying mantids. Whilst eating lunch yesterday afternoon, Silkworm and I caught sight of two of the first itty bitty hatchlings crawling around in the container, and we immediately alerted Madre and took the eggs outside where the rest could hatch and get on searching for food.

One of the two first hatchlings had the audacity to crawl right up on Madre's hand, and then I offered him my finger, which he continued up to fearlessly explore the backside of my hand.

Once the eggs were hung carefully, one in a tree near our house and one in a bush in our garden, I gently poured out the shavings in the container to check for any other hatchlings, and we did happen to find a third one under the mess. He seemed a bit crippled, but perhaps he'd only just hatched, looking the way butterflies first look when they emerge from their chrysalises.

It was such a surreal experience and it felt like we were setting free some kind of alien creature. I hope we'll get to find full-grown mantids as long as Silkworm's front legs, someday, lurking through the lawn and protecting our garden from hungry buggies.
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