|"Hemlock Grove", watercolor, 8"x10", VClaff 2014|
The winter invasion of mice after Pasha's passing has continued, though I'm getting
it under control with a relocation program, new foam insulation under the house
plugging up the mouse entryways, and peppermint oil packs in strategic places. I've
had a number of small, adorable mice trap themselves in various buckets, this one
greeted me one morning in the kitchen sink. At this age they are so adorable that
relocating him or her outside alone was a bit challenging for me!
Mid June found me in Vermont at the beatufiul farm of my dear college roommate,
J'Amy. I had a wonderful visit with J'Amy and her family, and stayed with her mom,
Sue at her little cottage surrounded by amazing gardens. Unfortunately when we
went on the big garden tour, I didn't have my camera.
At the farm one evening, we were lucky to find a huge cecropia moth seen
here with J'Amy's daughter, Leeya. We determined that this must have been
the female as there were as many as 19 others flying around us, all interested
in this one. It was magical!!
Back in the forest, a new garden bed went in, and it has been a great year
for moths, including the enchanting luna moths.
A long overdue renovation project is underway thanks to a development grant
I received from a local corporation. New siding to replace old, rotting shingles,
a drain under the house so no pond forms in heavy rain, new entrance stairs,
a new downstairs bamboo floor (!!!!) and varioius other wonderful gifts including
a new gas cookstove and a backup heater so I might be able to go away in winter!
One factor in my long absence from here has been the presence of workmen here
every weekday and various projects I am undertaking alongside them. My usual quiet
summer with the mosses has been overtaken by this project and LOTS of people
here. It is well worth it, however, as my gratitude for the improvements is over-
flowing! With the completion of the bamboo floor downstairs this week, and a
few details here and there, I believe the six weeks of work will be coming to an
end. I am very ready for some quiet time with the mosses.
Once the new stairs went in, I suddenly HAD to paint the doors green...
maybe I was influenced by the daily visits of the luna moths.
I was lucky to capture a little video of two on the screen
one evening. I find luna moths to be quite otherworldly.