Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself;
I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today.
I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet.
I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.
~Groucho Marx

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


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Friday, June 22, 2012

A Strange Caterpillar

We are up on our land again today and tomorrow.  I had planned on staining the deck today but we had a thunderstorm so couldn't do it and now the wood is wet.  Maybe by tomorrow afternoon the wood will be try enough for me to stain it.
It didn't rain long though so we were able to be outside most of the day. 
We cleared a little more land and Ken managed to get a few more rows of the shingles done on the tractor barn. 
We got to sit on the deck and just enjoy the quiet around us.  I even got a little reading done. 

I walked around on our land and came across this little snake.  I don't know what kind it is.  I wanted to get a picture of his head but he slithered away.
Then I saw this strange caterpillar on the tire of the trailer.  Anyone ever see one like it or know what kind it is, or what kind it is?  Does it turn into a butterfly?

We just did a little shopping a Walmart and have made a stop here at MacDonald's again using the free internet which is so nice before heading back to the trailer.
The rain has really cooled things off and it is a beautiful evening.

Hope your day was a happy one.


  1. The snake looks like a little garter snake -- harmless. My oldest son kept some as pets when he was younger. I haven't seen a caterpillar like that at all. Sounds like it is so peaceful where you are. You will have to catch your readers up on what you are reading out there on your deck. Have a lovely weekend.

  2. Never seen a caterpillar like that. Maybe if you Google caterpillars you can find out.

    I imagine the woods are really lovely after the rains tonight. Have a wonderful weekend communing with nature!

  3. Sometimes it rains so you don't have to do things. =D At least, progress was made and isn't that place a vacation get-away for you both? Nice to get some of that in, too. Wish I could help you with the caterpillar...have never seen one like that. Someone will know.

  4. I have never seen a caterpillar like that before. Very unique.

    I don't like even tiny snakes and that one was big enough to frighten me. :-)

  5. I don't care for snakes - big or little.

    But quiet time in the woods is priceless - even if you have to share it with snakes. :-)

  6. We know you'll get to staining that deck this weekend. Look forward to seeing it. The rain pushed out the awful humidity that has been with us the last three days. It's going to be a beautiful (non-humid) weekend - yeah, enjoy!

  7. My knowledge of names of nature, is very limited. ,-)

    Betcha' the "Woods and Waterways" blog lady, would know! :-)

    "A Weekend in the Country..."
    "...in comfort and quiet, seemed vary attractive. The trees would be bursting into leaf, the grass turning green, the birds beginning to sing. Perhaps the sun would shine, it would be warm."

    ~"Weekend" by Rosamunde Pilcher

  8. I dont know the name either...BUT we in Texas dont touch the FURRY caterpillers. They cause rash. Through our Kids and Grandkids life experience.

  9. I think the snake was a garter snake, as one other said, or perhaps a red-bellied snake. The caterpillar looks like he has been parasitized by eggs being laid on his back. Whatever did that - some kind of a fly or wasp - is providing fresh food for their offspring when they hatch. Not pleasant at all for the caterpillar, but nature's way. We humans are lucky to be mostly out of the food chain, although ticks and mosquitos and deer flys always attempt to include us.

  10. We could really use a good cooling rainfall now. The garden is drying out in our summer heat.
    Can't help you with the caterpillar. Some of them turn into moths, but I don't know the difference.

  11. The wonders of nature!
    Thanks for pointing them out to us.

  12. Not sure what your fluorescent caterpillar is called. A thunderstorm always clears the air - I hope it hasn't spoilt your work plans.


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