Tattered Swallowtail watercolor

tattered little spicebush swallowtail

Oh tattered little butterfly, I know exactly how you feel.

It’s been a long time.
First, I became crazy busy at work. Then, I caught covid in May which took three weeks to recover from properly. Now, I’m moving. Yes…it’s a big move. Goodbye Illinois, for obvious reasons (too expensive), hello Kentucky!

Such a big move is scary and exhilarating at the same time. I’m sad to move so far from family but excited to be in a country atmosphere and experience different landscapes. And oh yes there will be mountains too!

in the garden

I first saw this determined little feller in my vegetable garden. The garden I’m leaving. The garden where I killed more things than grew, but I learned. The garden is so important in a time like today.

I believe it’s time to bring back Victory Gardens. I think it’s a critical time for people to stock away food and try to grow. But what if you live in an apartment? If you have a balcony, grow. If your town/village/city has community plots, sign up for a plot and grow. Practice. Do you have family /friends with a yard you can grow in? Try. Learn from your mistakes. It’s fun. It’s frustrating. But it’s more fun.

Do all that you can to save your produce for the long term. Learn to dehydrate your food to keep for a year or two. You don’t even need a dehydrator…you can use your oven at a low temp. Learn how to can food…that lasts even longer! I haven’t done that yet, but when I settle down I plan on it.

can you find me?

I do have a northern spicebush by the way. The spicebush I’m going to leave. I never saw the butterfly near it.

I’m up for a new adventure. I’m scared but God is with me. It is He that has opened certain doors at this time.

It may take a while for me to post again. I’m going through years of belongings while purging the unnecessary…from physical objects to my own tattered spirit.

Be well my nature friends,


  1. I’m so glad you are making this move. It will be good and God is good and always with you. I’ve been gardening, canning, dehydrating and freezing for years. It is worth the the effort. Not everything will grow well. Grow what does best in mass quantity. Barter for the rest or just buy it. May God be with you on your new adventure. Oh yeah compost!!

  2. Happy moving!!
    Always an adventure!

    Moving is stressful take care of yourself,
    love your butterfly !
    Lynne C

  3. we’ll miss you … we never found time to sit down together with celeste and paint … ah well …KY is beautiful too; and I presume you will be sharing your art with us as you grow more comfortable with your surroundings. continued good luck … and may you continue to be painting gooder and gooder

    1. Thanks Gene! Yes, it’s a bummer we couldn’t all have one more go at it painting somewhere in the forest preserves 😦 I hope to take everyone with me in spirit for a new adventure though. THank you for the well wishes! πŸ™‚

  4. I think moving and starting over in a new place is mostly exciting. A wonderful opportunity to learn so many new things and make new friends. I will pray that all goes well as you create your new home and life. I look forward to seeing your future emails.

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