Two Treats

Yesterday at church I received two treats! Two! Woo hoo!

My friend Chloe had been decorating Halloween cookies on Saturday, and made too many, so she brought a few to me. I was delighted! She goes to early church, so she gave them to me right as I arrived.

After church, we heard an announcement that someone’s lemon tree was producing heavily, so there were lemons available in the back. I went back there to get a few so I could make lemon pudding.

Before I left, I stopped to speak with Judy. I will be alternating with her to play the piano for church services, and we chatted a little about how to set up the schedule. Then she said she wanted to give me something before I left.

They were lemon bars! Yum! I told her how I was craving something lemon and these would be perfect!

Today is our first day of school after a long break, so loading up on sweets and falling into a food coma really helped with my nerves yesterday.

Today is our first day of school after a long break, so loading up on sweets and falling into a food coma really helped with my nerves yesterday.

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One Response to Two Treats

  1. Lauren says:

    Holy cow, those Halloween cookies are so fancy! I admire the imagination that went into making those. And lemon bars? I’m surprised you didn’t go into diabetic shock from all that goodness. A food coma was to be expected.

    Have a great first day back!

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One or the Other?

My baby crownflower trees have been being eaten. It started slowly, but yesterday, I noticed a bunch of leaves were gone. Some of the seedlings were stripped bare.

A closer look showed me the cause of the missing leaves:

Monarch caterpillars!

Monarch caterpillars!

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I was really torn, because I’ve grown these crownflower trees from seeds, and I’m not just doing it for fun – I have plans to plant them. But I also like monarch butterflies, and would be willing to do a lot to help them. But would I sacrifice my baby trees for the caterpillars’ survival?

It turns out, I don’t have to. I texted my coworker Andrea, because she raises monarch caterpillars in her classroom each year to show kindergarteners. When I showed her the picture, she said I should bring them to church today. She’ll keep them fed and safe until they wrap themselves in a chrysalis and hatch into a butterfly. Nice.

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Looking another year wiser...

Looking another year wiser…

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I’ll try harder, Bob Ross. Thanks for not judging me.

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