Bees🐝 and ButterfliesπŸ¦‹ and Milkweed🌱...oh, my! Trouble viewing images? Click here to open in browser.

August 13, 2020

Hello Readers and Friends!

Happy August! I hope you're having a wonderful Summer ~ despite all the Covid-19 rules and regulations.😷

Here at Casa del Heidi, we've mainly been sheltering in place, but that doesn't mean we haven't had our fair share of excitement.😲😎

For instance, one of The Kittehs had to have dental surgery.😬 Poor baby was scheduled for routine cleaning and to have maybe one tooth pulled, but the vet discovered dental disease down in the bone and ended up removing eleven teeth instead.πŸ™€ Including all four of his sweet little canines, so no more playing vampire kitty, which he really enjoyed.😿 Adding to the pain and humiliation, he also had to wear a collar (a.k.a. Cone of Shame) for quite a while afterward.😾

And we've got another giant patch of Milkweed growing in one of our flower beds🌱 ~ which we're beginning to simply call the "Milkweed Garden," since...well, does it look like anything else can wedge its way through this jungle? They're all volunteers, of course, even though I attempted to thin them out last year and get some growing in another patch. It didn't work. But who can complain when they're so pretty, attract all the bees🐝 and butterfliesπŸ¦‹, and smell like lilacs when they bloom?🌸🌸🌸

It's a little too early yet for the Monarch caterpillars to hatch, but we're anxiously awaiting their arrival! πŸ›πŸ˜ƒ

(P.S. The third photo is the expression I make when I realize a bunch of Milkweed ~ emphasis on "weed" ~ is taller than I am.🀨)

Then we had a few visits from wildlife, which we always enjoy. Hummingbirds, chipmunks, and squirrels, of course, and several gorgeous deer. Watching the mamas and baby fawns is the best!πŸ’ž

Of course, we also get the occasional unwanted guests, such as these hornets🦟 who seemingly built their nest overnight. Because one day I walked past la-dee-da-dee-dahπŸšΆπŸ½β€β™€οΈ... and the next there was synchronized buzzing. Aaack! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

Rest assured I don't walk that way anymore; I go around. Waaaaaaaay around. πŸ”„πŸ€Ί

And even though I wasn't lucky enough to see them in person, a friend did send these awesome videos of a mama bear🐻 and her three cubs🐻🐻🐻 that she got to enjoy while self-isolating in her RV at a rural camp site.πŸ•

I love them so much, I saved them to my own phone and asked if I could share. So glad she said yes! πŸ₯³

Speaking of the birds🦜 and bees🐝 and butterfliesπŸ¦‹, a friend mentioned a great tip to help wildlife during the Summer months, and I couldn't wait to spread the word!πŸ₯³

As I mentioned last month, I'm collaborating on a project with @Lexxie_Couper and @HeidiShoham.πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’»πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸ’»πŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸ’»

I can't share too much yet, but I will say it's amazing how "on the same page" we are when it comes to plotting and characterization, and that we're having an awful lot of fun.πŸ˜ƒ

Currently we're making up a blueprint of the apartment complex where our characters live, and discussing heat level for the steamy stuff.πŸ”₯ And personally, I just finished writing the first love scene of my novella ~ the first of what I suspect will be many. *hubba-hubba* πŸ’πŸ˜˜

You can follow my progress by visiting the "What I'm Working On" post on my WIPS and Chains Blog. Although...fair warning...I've mostly been writing by hand, so it takes me a while to get those pages typed and update the word count meter.βœοΈπŸ’»πŸ€ͺ

#slowbutsteady #latebutreliable #writingishard

Looking for something special to watch this Summer? How about a movie that's definitely all it's cracked up to bee.πŸ‘

Get it? Bee.🐝😁

Did I say I wanted to go outside to watch the bees🐝 and butterfliesπŸ¦‹ and smell the flowers? πŸŒΊ

Gee, sorry ~ I've changed my mind. I think I'll stay in.

The pool.

With this guy.😍

Since one can never have enough butterflies in one's life, this month's Subscriber-Only Giveaway is a Butterfly Notebook

where you can keep track of grocery lists, random thoughts, and the wonderful Romance Novels you need to buy.πŸ˜‰ Plus a silver-and-gold Butterfly Magnet with a little chain to hold your sunglasses, eyeglasses (er...I mean, reading glassesπŸ€“), or anything else you want to keep handy.πŸ‘

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Until next time, stay safe, stay healthy, stay hydrated, and...

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