I’m so flaky, I’d be a good pie crust

Mmmm…pie…

I thought I had set up a few blog posts in advance for all of August. As it turns out, I had set up only one (but it was the one about food in Vancouver, and as everyone knows, one food post is worth 10 posts on other things).

For today, I will share some great news…news that was announced while I was in L.A. for the large annual Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators conference.

Just thinking about this book makes me smile, and I hope that readers will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Junyi Wu’s art is lovely and lively and perfect suits the text. I’m so happy with it and with working with editor Christina Pulles again!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Vancouver: the food

One of the best things about visiting Vancouver (besides getting to hang out with my BFF sister) is the foooooood! Well, really, the best part about life is eating and food in general.

Here’s a sampling of all the delectable fare we had.

Dim sum…can’t get enough of it!
More dim sum…see what I mean?
And then there is the Vietnamese place (Got Pho?) just a hop and a skip away from my dad’s house.
Mo pho…LOL!
Too hungry to wait for a photo.
Sushi at Deep Cove
Dad insisted we go to Golden for dinner just to have this crab and sticky rice dish. He’s such a kid.
Then good friends of ours took us to this place called Weirdo Cafe where we had some funky fusion dishes.
Those eggs are infused with Earl Gray tea.
My lunch.
My current fav cuisine is Ethiopian. This is was at Addis Cafe.
Yes, everything was as delicious as this photo shows.
Then we tried Malaysian food at Banana Leaf.
The lighting was not conducive to photo taking but the seafood curry was good.
These were THE tastiest noodles.
Mmmmm…lamb curry
Mango gelato makes the day even better

My sister introduced me to this simple but amazing creation that I am now totally addicted to:

pineapple bao with a pat of butter inside…omg!

What is your favorite kind of food? Let me know via Twitter!

To all the caterpillars* I’ve loved before

As destructive as these buggers are, they are also some of the cutest critters. Here are a few of the ones I’ve enjoyed seeing around our property.

* please note that you should never touch any insects you’re not familiar with; caterpillars with hairs like most of the ones shown here can “sting”…the toxins on the hairs will hurt (or worse, cause bad rashes) if you brush against them

I’m too sexy for my spines…
Say “cheese”!
Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your feelers.
Uh, I don’t have the heart to say something funny because there are 4 parasitic wasp eggs on this dude’s back.
This one looks a lot like a Dr. Seuss character.

A funny thing happened on the way to the F…acebook

FB is useful for only a handful of things: reminding me of memories (for better or worse), conveniently catching up with a huge number of friends without having to actually socialize, and making me laugh with some pretty decent memes.

My only complaint is that people seem to have even worse memories than I do and they will post several-years-old memes like they were brand new. So I’m not talking about sharing “A memory from ___ years ago.” which are actually fun but those shared like “hey, you guys, I found this new thing.”

I should find it comforting that others are as forgetful as I am, but when I find it annoying, that serves as a signal to me that I need to take a social media break. 😀

Here are a few fun ones I enjoyed…

This one I had saved from 2016:

This one isn’t so much funny as it is a truism:

For my fellow Canucks:

Yeah, I Liked it. What?

Hope that made your day!

Trees with personality

We have many favorite trees. One of them is the common hoptree, Ptelea trifoliata.

They look a bit like the “silver dollar plant” (Lunaria biennis) but are better because they’re native. It’s always a delight to come across one when we hike our property.

I never promised you a rose garden

Hubby is practical and has become more so as he’s aged. We used to grow flowers, partly because his mom was into flowers so when she was still alive, she would encourage it and even buy us plants to put in.

But as we’d gotten into homesteading, we don’t want to bother putting in so much labor, time, and water for annuals that don’t feed us. We grow plenty of native flowering perennials which are good for wildlife and don’t require much work of us, but for ourselves, we focus on what we can eat and put away for the winter months.

It’s been a cool, wet spring, so the garden has yet to truly take off. But here are a few photos of what is growing outside of the main fenced garden…

Hydro…what?

I saw this posting from NOAA a few days ago. I’d never heard of the term before which was odd since I had taken hydrology and oceanography classes back when I majored in climatology.

The infographic brought back a funny memory from a hydrology field trip. In order to reach a stream (more like a small river) to make measurements, we had to cut through a wooded area. It wasn’t a nice, park-like path, but semi-rough terrain where we had to scramble over logs and beat through bush. One of my old-fashionedly gallant and well-meaning classmates offered to carry me over the fallen trees.

Ummm, yeah, no. I may have been petite but I wasn’t completely helpless nor any more breakable than the rest of them.

When we got to the river, Professor Mike Church (yeah, * the * Mike Church; you should be jealous) told us to put on the waders that he’d brought along. Everyone found a proper size, pulled them on and proceeded to splash to the middle of the stream.

Everyone except for me.

Me? I tried on the smallest wader they had and it still pulled up to my face where it went up to the chest of the second shortest person in the class. *cue laugh track from a sitcom* I shoot Marty, my gallant classmate, a “don’t you even dare suggest carrying me into the water so I can take measurements” look before sitting on the sidelines and deciding that fluvial anything was probably not in my future career plans.

I spy with my little eye…

Do you see it?

Come closer…

This handsome caterpillar

will one day be a Monarch! But in the meantime, it rules only the underside of a milkweed leaf somewhere on our property.

Lay, lady, lay…

Who doesn’t love a blog title riffing on a Dylan song? 😀

Came across an Eastern box turtle on our hilltop the other night and rudely gaped at her while she was trying to give birth.

“A little privacy, please?”
Guess what? Turtle butt.

Sorry, old girl. Hope we get to see all your lovely children really soon! And thanks for not trying to lay your eggs on our driveway like the turtle at my friend Tom’s place. Heh.

The lady moth protest too much

We were so sad to find this dead moth splayed on the limestone steps of hubby’s office…

…but sadness didn’t prevent me from trying to ID it (because any science-minded person worth her salt would). It looks suspiciously like a Big Poplar Sphinx Moth though Indiana is not in its range. We are in the range of the Modest Sphinx Moth, but the coloration isn’t quite like that. Hmmm.

If you happen to know what it could be, do tell me on Twitter @TeresaRobeson!