Happy 70th To Me! (Aftermath*)

(* A/K/A Cleanup)

[The booted fence on the west side of Highway 29 between Glenwood and Alex . . . ]

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[After a beautiful weather trip, we were racing to get home before the storm . . . ]

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[Population 13,000+, depending on which side of town you come in from . . . ]

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[As we head up Broadway, with a threatening sky to the north, I am reminded in this photo that our insect friends often commit mass suicide at this time of year by hurtling themselves into onrushing windshields.  We had to make many gas station visits along the way, not for gas, but to sandblast bug detritus from our means of forward vision . . . ]

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[When we drove up our driveway we thought our flower beds were teeming with Monarchs . . . ]

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[But . . .  Conditions for the Painted Lady butterfly have been favorable this summer—so advantageous that they’ve proliferated on the northern prairies.  The Painted Lady, which the casual observer can mistake for a Monarch butterfly, is not native to the northern Plains, but migrates here from southern locations.  In an ordinary year, one generation of Painted Ladies flits from plant to plant during the butterfly’s short lifespan, lasting from two weeks to a month. But this year, conditions have been ideal and two generations of Painted Ladies have flourished.  “They’ve been able to build up their population exponentially,” said Alex Knudson, an entomologist at North Dakota State University.  “Population explosions” in Mexico, for instance, can produce migrations to the northern United States.  As caterpillars, Painted Ladies feed on plants including thistle or soybeans. As adults, they like to eat a variety of plants, including asters, sage and sunflowers.  “Most butterflies are kind of incidental pollinators,” Knudson said.  But because the Painted Lady isn’t acclimated to the northern Plains, it isn’t equipped for the chilly temperatures that arrive when summer yields to fall.  “They’re not native species so they can’t handle the winter here,” Knudson said, “so when the first frost comes, they’ll die off.” (www.inforum.com)]

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[I’ve always thought that anyone, or thing, who can flit deserves bonus points . . . ]

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[Definitely flitters . . . ]

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[Again, the Super (not me) decided a Bump’s carrot cake slice would be a perfect birthday accompaniment to the caramel roll . . . ]

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[OK, let’s delve into the birthday booty, from sources far and wide . . . ]

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. . . and continuing the next day.

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[Thanks to all!!]

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[And to all who share – Locally: Shelly, Larry, and Ken; nationally: Anthony Weiner and Beyonce.]

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Former U.S. Congressman and New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner speaks with reporters at campaign event in New York

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I’ve noted my fingernails and eyebrows seem to be growing exponentially faster with age than when I was younger.  That tidbit has absolutely nothing to do with what follows here, but my U of M Alumni Fall 2017 magazine came today and this was in it.

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Men grow old, pearls grow yellow, there is no cure for it.  ~  Chinese proverb

Up Next:  Regular programming, trying to collate events of the concurrent Grape Stomp and Homecoming next weekend!

About tomobert63

The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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2 Responses to Happy 70th To Me! (Aftermath*)

  1. JamiG4 says:

    WKK did an AWESOME job on your book signature.

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