Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly


Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly, female (Papilio glaucus)

For the last couple of weeks, I have observed an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly in our backyard. She visits our sunflowers and Autumn sages frequently. I still have fennel growing in one of the garden beds. Lets see, if she decided to lay some eggs or come to visit the flowers to tank some energy. πŸ¦‹πŸŒ»πŸŒ±

Summer Has Arrived In North Texas


Widow Skimmer Dragonfly

Today we’ve officially reached 100Β°F in DFW for the first time this Summer. This Summer is mild compared to the heat we had in July 2018. Back then we had several days with temperatures over 110Β°F and a heat index of 120Β°F. The dragonflies like this heat and flies around in the yard.

Happy Four Week Anniversary, Ozzy!

This week was tough on all of us. First Lexi had to be euthanized due to sickness and old age. And then we were adopting a new dog, due to an over-flown shelter. Ozzy had to get used to let one friend go and then become friends with a new furbaby, that has even more powerful gas, than he could ever produce. It got the best out of a young, very energetic cat like Ozzy.Β  Mr. Ozzy “Meatball” Chester found his master, a female pup.Β So it is time for long naps on the ottoman.

Say ‘Hello’ To Zoey

This week was very busy. First we’ve got our hearts broken, because we had to let Lexi cross the rainbow bridge on Tuesday. Then I found out, that our local shelter is over-flown with dogs and cats, and they call this situation “CODE RED”. Last night, I talked to Kevin, if we are ready for another dog. The shelter needs relieve by adopting those sweet pups and kittens. Kevin agreed, we could take another furbaby in.

This morning, Kevin, Katelynn, Sara, Luis and I went to the shelter as soon as it opened. After a Meet & Greet, we decided we give Leti, which is now Zoey, a shot. We were told, she doesn’t like small dogs and no cats. I heard that before, and was determined that my pets all get along with each other. And sure enough, as soon as Zoey entered our house, Joshua waited patiently at the door (he’s cool with the ladies), Chewbacca watched her from a higher level in the dining area, and Ozzy’s back hair was standing up. But Ozzy wanted to play as a kitten. After a couple of swipes and nips, Ozzy and Zoey got along with each other. They chased one another in the house and played tag. After a nice walk, the dogs are tired and sleep in the frontroom.

Zoey, the Labrabull (Labrador/Pitbull-Mix)