Pie's girlfriend apparently left him a Third Bird today. She was watching for me to find it, too. I looked around when I saw the bird and noticed a pair of eyes watching me from under the back fence. I thanked her for the thoughtful gift, told her I was full, and said that she could have the bird. I appreciated her intention.
Though I am getting tired of little bird heads and feet being left over.
I took a bird head
Out to see a movie
Didn't have to pay
To get it in!
Time to do some stuff.
Poor Pie. Every now and then he either sees, hears, or smells something out the one open window that sets him off. I don't think he's really unhappy; I think he's just overstimulated. Today when I got home, he brought me a toy mousie to play fetch with for a while. He only does that when he's really feeling happy and energetic.
I'm nearly chilly now! It's probably time to close the cat television down for the night.
I've redone my DW journal to be about as boring as possible. I'll probably still do most of my reading at LJ, but I wanted to get something very non-busy and easy to interpret over on DW.
I uploaded some of my most-used icons. I had not realized how many of my old ones have fallen into disuse.
Tonight I'm working on the butterfly garden book for my cousin's daughter. I'm thinking I might have it printed and bound for her (not at Lulu or anything, just Kinkos), rather than putting it in a looseleaf notebook like I had thought I might.
We went into the backyard tonight to look around and we have a lot of wild violets. The lilies in the backyard are coming up. And we have one tulip in bloom.
I priced some planters like I had in mind for the front walk, but I didn't get any yet. They are $35 each at Target and while I know that's not all that much in the scheme of things, it still feels like a lot. Maybe I can find a sale at Home Depot or the new Menard's.
I also want a birdbath. We keep forgetting to take Mom's with us and I haven't gotten around to making the one with the rhubarb leaf pattern yet. I think a birdbath in the front yard with a feeder hanging in our redbud tree might be really nice for Pie.
Oh holy crap.
You know how sometimes you're just surfing along, looking at pictures that were linked by someone in the steampunk community, and then you suddenly think, "Hey, that guy looks kind of familiar...."
And then you realize the reason he looks familiar is because he might be your ex-fiance. The lying liar who lied.
I did not expect to feel like I did. I was all of a sudden angry that he was involved in Steampunk. How dare he dress up like an engineer (funny, that) and have a good time at a Steampunk event??
I had one of those really silly moments where I nearly gave up on Steampunk completely, because OMG WHAT IF I WENT TO A STEAMPUNK EVENT AND RAN INTO HIM THERE????
Like, what? Steampunk isn't big enough for the two of us?
Which is completely ridiculous. The odds of that happening are very slim to none. And if we were both at such an event, it would probably be large enough that we could stay out of each others' way.
If it is him in the picture, then more power to him. Good for him for recognizing a fun genre and getting into it.
I got a lot done on the butterfly garden book tonight, but I realized how much more I'd LIKE to do. For instance; I had originally focused very specifically on Black Swallowtails, but what if the poor little girl doesn't attract any? I am going to put a few others in there with about the same depth as the Swallowtails (what the eggs look like, what the caterpillars look like, what they eat, what the pupae look like, and what the adult looks like), and then I'll add some additional pages for a few other species that also grace the area. Those will be more like a brief profile of the butterflies rather than trying to make them interesting. By the time she gets to those pages, she'll know how the butterfly lifecycle works and such.
Tonight I made a list of butterflies that have a pretty good record of showing up where she lives. The next step is to examine the seeds I have for her and compare them to those butterflies so I can choose the ones she's likely to attract and include them in the book.
I'm happy with the pictures I've got in there right now. You can find ANYTHING on the internet! Butterfly eggs, pictures of caterpillars with their orange dill-scented horns waving around, just everything. I want to add a few more generic illustrations to the introduction part to make it more visually appealing, but overall I think it's looking good.
Another couple of nights like this and I'll probably be done. I could be done NOW if I was just happy with the swallowtail angle, but I really don't want to set her up for disappointment. If I widen the net surely she'll see something from the book.
I'm pretty happy with where I'm at and if I can get this done and to the printer by the end of the week, I'll be super-excited.