Robert (gurdonark) wrote,

butterfly Sunday

Saturday I managed to do lots of things I planned to do all Summer but did not get done until Saturday. After walking Beatrice, I drove up to Bonham State Park, listening to ambient music by Sound Chaser as I drove. I hiked for the better part of an hour in the woods surrounding this small lake.

I grabbed a quick grilled chicken lunch at a KFC in Bonham. Then I hit the road. I realized that I was not far from Ladonia. So I drove to the Ladonia Fossil Park.
This is a bit of usually-dry riverbed in the Sulphur River. I went hunting for fossils. I found a few partial ammonites, but none good enough to bother bringing home. I did pick up a couple of pieces of nice quartzite. I watched a Mississippi Kite flying overhead.

I next stopped at Park Hill Prairie, where late Summer flowers bloomed in the tallgrass prairie. Finally, I went to South Lake Park in Farmersville, where I took pictures of a Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher and an Eastern Kingbird.

Saturday night I watched sports on television and made myself sandwiches. My wife is in Kansas City visting her family for the three day weekend.

Sunday I got up early and walked Beatrice. Then I read my science fiction novel. I went to Weight Watchers (my weight was down, in light of all the hiking on Saturday), took a walk in Shawnee Park (a lovely tiger swallowtail butterfly), and went to church at First UMC's the Way service.

I then took a brief walk in Bethany Lakes Park, where I saw a Black swallowtail butterly, or so I believe, as that species is hard to sort from spicebush or pipevine butterflies.

I stopped by Staples to price an SSD computer drive, but found that Microcenter had much lower prices. So I drove to Richardson and bought an SSD. I successfully installed it in one of two laptops I got in eBay in a single auction at a good price. I will sell one, and perhaps keep the other. I was pleased that the time to install the SSD was a few moments. Tonight I installed the Ubuntu Mate operating system, which runs very well on that unit.

At day's end, I went on a bicycle ride to DaySpring Nature Preserve. In the fading light, I saw a Giant Swallowtail butterfly. At home, I baked an acorn squash and a sliced chayote squash, and ate it with some leftover rotisserie chicken. I did a lot of laundry and folded almost all of it.

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