It's time again for the Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge hosted by Long and Short Reviews.…
It’s that time again. The Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge hosted by Long and Short Reviews. Today’s topic is: Favorite Hobby and Why
I’ll be honest, this one is tough as it’s morphed over the years. I used to LOVE cross-stitch, but I can’t do it any more because I can’t see well enough (getting old sucks). Anyone want a BUNCH of cross-stitch supplies?
I also used to LOVE scrapbooking, but when I got busy with the businesses (and writing), it fell to the wayside. I haven’t scrapbooked in years. I love looking back on my old ones and wish I had time to do new, but … it’s just not a priority anymore.
With my last dog, Dakota, I used to do dog agility. I LOVE agility! It’s so much fun! But when she hurt her shoulder, we stopped (we thought temporarily). And then she had her aneurysm and passed away so young, and so unexpectedly, and the joy left a little. We started again with Kenzie, and it was a lot of fun, but then summer came, and we got busy with other things and just never started up again. It’s on the “to-do” list though.
I also love gardening, and I still do this some. I used to have a huge veggie garden and I’d happily spend my time planting and watering and weeding and harvesting…but then we got our summer camp, and we spent so much time there, and so little time at home that my gardens languished. So I’ve been working on switching everything over to perennials that need very little care, and I buy my produce from a local farm.
The one thing I still do, though? Raise butterflies. 🙂 This is somewhat reliant on nature to give me babies to raise (we had a few years with NONE which was, honestly, a little terrifying), but I’m a believer if “if you plant it, they will come”. I have a TON of milkweed in my yard. You know what happens when you plant milkweed? You get these:
Actually, I typically start with eggs, but last year there were SO MANY I kept missing some. Anyway, I put the eggs (or pillars) into these:
And eventually they do this:
And then those become these:
And you let them go to fly to Mexico… and eventually, their grand-butterbabies come back here and lay eggs on my milkweed, and we start all over again.
I am very, very busy with this from about July 1 – our first freeze.
Really, I suppose this is the only hobby I really have right now. But considering Monarchs are borderline endangered, I feel like I’m making a difference.
As a side note, in August every year I have a TON of common milkweed seeds I’m happy to mail to anyone who wants to plant it and help out the butterflies. You don’t have to raise them, but they can really use all the help we can give them. If not milkweed, then plant flowering plants. Lots of them. Food helps them on their migration no matter where you live. And if you want to have fun, learn and track the monarchs on their migrations, you can go here: The Journey North — also you can report any sightings you have of caterpillar or butterflies to help them out.
What’s one of your hobbies?