September 5, 2014 ~ Red-spotted Purple Butterfly - Limenitis arthemis - on my deck. It was there much of the day. When I went out, it would fly off, but then come back and investigate the deck floor. The markings on the underside of the wings are more orange than blue. I'm not sure where the "red-spotted purple" name came from.
September 14, 2014 ~ Oscar is enjoying the cooler weather - and anticipating how he'll spend his 8th birthday on October 1.
September 15, 2014 ~ Tufted Titmouse at the platform feeder. The safflower seeds I've been using for the birds sprouted! The squirrels don't eat the safflower seeds like they do the sunflower seeds, which makes both the birds and me happy.
September 23, 2014 ~ The leaves on the dogwood tree in my back yard are starting to turn. And the small tree is full of berries.
September 27, 2014 ~ I went out as the moon was setting the other night to find a good spot to watch the eclipse on the morning of October 8. The eclipse is at the time the moon will be setting, so I want to find a spot with an open view of the west horizon. This waxing crescent moon was beautiful Saturday night. But I need to keep looking for the right spot to be for the eclipse.
September 30, 2014 ~ I’ve been knitting baby boots. With all the years I’ve been knitting, I’ve never made booties – but I saw a picture of these – and they grabbed me. I use self-patterning sock yarn - all of these are made from the same color skein. It's not too hard to get socks so the pattern is the same on a pair – or at least, pretty close. They’re referred to as identical – or “fraternal” if they’re not exactly the same. But it's much harder with these booties – not only are they not identical, they’re not even fraternal. I think they’re more like second cousins – related, but not real close. Of course, mismatched seems to be the style these days. The report is that they stay on the baby's feet better than the regular style of bootie. And they're fun to make.
And now, on to October...