Tuesday, May 21, 2013

A little texture on Tuesday . . .



{Kim Klassen music lovin'}

"To analyze the charms of flowers is like dissecting music;
it is one of those things which it is far better to enjoy,
rather than attempt to fully understand."

- Henry T Tuckerman

I suppose most things in life are better enjoyed rather than understood which is why
  I'm not even going to try to fully understand why my poppy plant is even still blooming, here in Texas, in almost 100 degree temps as of late. I never even got it planted in the ground, which is why it is even more amazing the thing is still alive. The first blooms I got on it were a really pretty peachy pink, but they have since turned to white blooms. It said it was a mix, but apparently it now has the hiccups.

Today was supposed to be the start of my Monarch series, I know, I keep teasing you, but I promise it's not on purpose. Honestly, I was chasing 42 caterpillars today, just keeping their poop cleaned up with that many is a full time job! I had to transfer them to new plants as they devoured the other ones, and then one kept wanting to climb all over the swallowtail chrysalis, I had to break up some fights (seriously then can get really fiesty with one another and have battle scars to show for it), and then there was the one that had green vomit, which is a very bad sign. 

Thankfully when I brought in a new plant for them I noticed something under one of the leaves. I removed it and looked closer and it was literally hundreds of some kind of caterpillar that is not a Monarch, which would be all over my dining room by now. I'm pretty sure by my google search that they're milkweed tussock moth caterpillars, I think?

I'll be late in getting around to everyone since today is another infusion day. Geez, the doctor called yesterday and said I had forgotten to make his infusion appointment for right after her appointment she didn't know if they would have his medicine. I felt horrible, but thankfully they called back and said they did have the medication on hand and that they could work us in, Yeah! I've been so horribly forgetful lately, in fact most of my freshly brewed coffee ended up all over my counter and under the refrigerator . . . I forgot to empty the pot of the old coffee before brewing a new batch and the other day I somehow took my home phone with me to Walgreen's in my pocket! haha

I hope you have a great day!
Love, Kim
XO







37 comments:

Kia said...

Oh, lovely! ♥
Happy Tuesday.

Pieni Lintu said...

Very pretty!!!

Patrice said...

Love the edit!

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Your edits are so pretty - I really need to experiment more. Your adventures with caterpillars have me intrigued. Coffee on the counter and house phone in your pocket - sounds like you could use a moment to just breathe.

Stephanie said...

Absolutely perfect shot!

Pride In Photos said...

Oh, it does sound like you are having a time over there my friend.♥ Looking forward to your series.

Nancy Claeys said...

Aww, bless your heart. Thinking of you this week. xo

Dina Lettre said...

Lovely use of texture, Kim!

Catherine said...

Gorgeous! I love the treatment of your poppy... and absolutely adore the quote :)

Tamar SB said...

Oy! I do love the image of you chasing after 42 caterpillars though (-:

Kim Cunningham said...

As we say in the south, "Bless your heart"! I can only imagine taking the house phone to Walgreens! LOL. And that poop patrol must keep you busy! Hope the infusion goes well today. Will certainly keep praying.

I love the silhouette of the stamen in the poppy. That's gorgeous! Or are those pistil? Either way it is stunning.

Sherri B. said...

Kim, with all you have on your plate, you're entitled to some forgetfulness! Your flower photo is gorgeous...it sounds like those Monarchs are keeping you on your toes. :)

Have a good day and I hope your son's infusion appointment goes well! xo

Dotti said...

A beautiful photo, love the quote. Good therapy for you, I'm sure. I will be thinking of you and Sam today ... as always.

xo

Ruth said...

A truly beautiful image :)

Buckeroomama said...

Hahahaa, you had me chuckling about your taking your home phone with you to Walgreen's. :)

I love the picture of your poppy... very pretty!

Liz said...

Absolutely beautiful images, Kim!!

Kelly said...

I keep meaning to ask about your blog name. Is it because poppies are your favorite flower? You know I had to laugh about the cleaning up of the poop and chasing cats! I have a chalkboard in my kitchen that frankie and I leave little notes on as we come and go...today mine was... "no peeking under leaves!" he knows me SO well!

Cathy H. said...

First off, I love your image. Those shadows are fantastic. Oh, Kim! I feel for you, between caterpillars and your son, you have had a most busy day. I can well see why you would be forgetful. The phone episode, that made me chuckle! I'll keep you both on my prayer list!

Cheryl Flatt said...

Beautiful!

The Wandering Shutter Fly said...

Pretty photo! BTDT with finding the home phone in my pocket while at walgreens, Gerlands or Walmart, lol..I sent you a regular e-mail..

janice said...

love the shadows, beautiful image and texture work.

Roxi -Coppercurls Designs said...

Lovely Kim, I can't say I've ever taken the home phone out before. That's kind of like putting it in the frig. LOL

June Caedmon said...

The craziness will end, Kim. Promise. And your monarchs are worth waiting for :)

Sharon said...

The texturing is exquisite. Beautiful!

A Garden of Threads said...

Gorgeous editing job. You seem a little distracted:) Good luck with that, still can't remember anything.

http://vivhalliwell.com said...

Just wonderful Kim....

Miriam said...

I love these poppies, my favourite are the bright red ones. I like your edit on this one. It is not surprising you forget things with the amount of 'stuff' happening in your life. I keep your family in my thoughts.

Nicki said...

Let me just say "you amaze me". I don't have 1/2 of what you are juggling and I am one step away from putting the house phone in my purse.

Fantastic use of texture - great contrast.

sherrygaley said...

Beautiful image capture and texture work!

momphotographer said...

wow!!! the picture is stunning!

Linda R said...

What a gorgeous photo. I just love the texture you added. I had to smile a little when you said you had coffee all over the place. I have done that. TWICE.. What the heck is wrong with me.

Hugs~

Zena said...

Gorgeous, always love your posts. I am also prone to be forgetful when I am going through too much. Take care

Ross said...

I had to laugh when I read this because first I learned a lot about what caterpillars and then when you took the phone in your pocket I started laughing out loud. You see I can relate to that because last week I must tucked my phone in my pocket when I went to the kids school. Sometimes I wonder where I put my brain!

Roban said...

Your photographs and header and blog in its entirety are beautiful. I'm so glad I popped in at Kelly's and saw the link.

I hope things get better soon.... (The home phone in your pocket made me chuckle.) Take care....

Jeanne said...

Dear Kim! It is amazing all that you are getting done and not totally falling apart. HOpefully all of this will sort of level out before too long and begin to feel a little more do able.
No wonder you had the phone in your pocked.... at least it was not in the freezer. Will look forward to that monarch series when you finally get the poop picked up. Sure this wait will be well worth it!

Marcie said...

What exquisite beauty!!!

Rosie Grey said...

This is so beautiful, Kim! I love your photos and processing - so inspiring!
Have a wonderful Memorial Day!

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