Joyful Sunday

Sunday, 26 July 2020

The morning started off hot and humid. Like testing the waters of a cold lake, I stepped onto the veranda to test the heat. Too hot. I turned back to the house only to get the feeling I really needed to step out and feel the day. So I did. I turned, walked to the uncovered portion and welcomed the sun, the heat and the wet blanket over my lungs humidity.

My first thought was to check on the corn to see how it fared but I shot that notion down pretty quickly…too hot. It was then I noticed the garage door open. Oh oh. I left it open all night!!! Back into the house to get my shoes and the remote and off to investigate, praying nothing was stolen. Everything was fine, thank you angels and Dad for watching over it.

It was then I had the thought again…check on the corn. I’m closer now and it’s not too hot in the shade so, why not. The corn fared well…another thank you! Then came the thought: check the butterfly garden for monarchs. It’s that time of year so, ya, great idea. I mean, I’m out in the thick of the heat and I haven’t melted yet, so why not. Off to the garden I went, sweat beginning to pool as I made my way across the backyard to the side yard.

A black-eyed Susan opened up during the night. A nice addition to the box garden!

A lone black-eyed Susan. ©WQuinn 2020

I turned the corner and saw it…a monarch caterpillar!!! If it wasn’t for the open garage door, I would have missed it. Trust your intuition and follow your inner voice, always!

Photo of the day, 26 Jul 2020. Monarch caterpillar. ©WQuinn


5 August 2019

Another splendid sunny hot day!

Although today was a holiday in most provinces, it wasn’t in Quebec-where I live and work. Luckily I was able to telework and even managed to sit outside with my laptop for a spell.

I had no idea what to paint this evening. Most days I’m inspired by something I’ve seen, like the sunrise or sunset or a flower. Other times I might see something on Pinterest or Instagram. That wasn’t the case tonight.

So I sat with my paints and blank white paper and waited. Nothing was coming to me so I asked for guidance.

Immediately I saw and sensed blue and brown. Most likely a beach or ocean scene. But not sure. I started with blue on the too. I like how it came out on the paper. I went with it, keeping it light as in brushed the paint onto the page. Green next. But I left a white space between the colours… something I’ve never done before. Instinctively I knew to add brown for a beach and, voila! I was done. I stepped back for an overview and was happy with what I saw.

Watercolour painting sky, sea, beach
217/365 Painting of the day, 5 August 2019 © WQuinn

My lesson for today (and until I really get it) :

Stop worrying, stop comparing, just let go and paint. And have fun!

For my photo… I found myself back in my butterfly-bee garden. The three monarch caterpillars are still there!

Monarch caterpillar on milkweed
217/365 Photo of the day, 5 August 2019 © WQuinn


Saturday, 3 August 2019

Another beautiful sunny hot day!

I’m going to skip right to the end of my day and tell you about my walk around the yard this evening… especially the butterfly garden.

Every day, several times throughout the day actually, I find myself looking in the garden for movement…could be butterflies, bees, dragon flies…sometimes other insects. Lately, there’s been dragon flies, tiny butterflies and a monarch here and there.

Today…well now, there was lots of activity! First off was a hummingbird moth! If you haven’t seen one of these moths before, well they’re just so neat!

Hummingbird moth
Hummingbird moth, butterfly garden, 3 August 2019 © WQuinn

Then there was the bee getting very intimate with the milkweed

Bee on milkweed
I feel the same way about chocolate! © WQuinn 2019

If it wasn’t for the bee, I would have missed this

Monarch caterpillar on milkweed
215/365 Monarch caterpillar, 3 August 2019 © WQuinn

This is the first time I have seen a monarch butterfly on the milkweed.

A bit of backstory: a few years before my dad passed away, he read about the monarch butterfly population declining and decided to do something about it. He started a milkweed garden. Years later, I moved in with Mom and also became passionate about helping the monarchs. Over the years I have added flowers and herbs, native to the area, that are butterfly and bee friendly. The garden has expanded and become an oasis, not just for butterflies and insects but birds too.

So to see a monarch caterpillar in the garden, on the milkweed, and to know that the garden is doing what it’s meant to be doing is such a joy!

On another note, I framed some of my paintings and hung them up:

Watercolour painting landscape
215/365 Painting of the day, 3 August 2019 © WQuinn

Have a good night and thanks for reading.