Saturday Morning Reflections: on Butterflies, Birthdays, Blooms & Babies

Warning:  Long post.  But it’s mostly pictures, so it shouldn’t take too much time to get through.  😉

It’s a wonderfully rainy morning here!  Well, I think it’s wonderful.  I’m sure for some people a rainy Saturday is a real bummer, but I’m finding it the perfect time to sit and reflect…

I celebrated my birthday recently and thought I would share a lot few of the photos I snapped of the 3-day event.  Hey, 3 days is keeping it at a minimum – there’s been times over the years when my family’s birthday celebrations last an entire week.

I started it off at our local zoo.  But not to see the animals (although I would have enjoyed that too), I went to check out their new butterfly exhibit, and it did not disappoint.  It was so wonderful to see all of the lovely varieties of butterflies and to walk amidst them whilst surrounded by beautiful flowers.  I snapped oodles of pictures of them with my phone.

Forgive me for sharing so many, but they’re all just so beautiful, even with my phone camera…








A highlight for me was when this little beauty landed on my arm!


Another highlight was watching my sweet little granddaughter enjoy herself, she really loved it there too, and got so excited by all the butterflies fluttering around.  She may only be 6 months old, but she is very aware of her surroundings.


 I bring her outside to my garden every day when she’s home when weather permits and she loves plants, she’s completely mesmerized by them actually.  I see a future fellow nature lover in this precious little human.  ❤

And I greatly appreciate these humans for coming along too.  Although it was cloudy that day, it was very humid out and it got mighty hot inside that butterfly house, but they were such troopers.


 Gosh, I love them, aren’t they adorable?  They’re my favorites!  ❤


The following day I went on a little road trip with my mom and a friend of mine for a picnic by some falls.  Our picnic was very nice, but the falls were a bit of a disappointment.  Plus, we had to hike a great distance to get to the falls, and for me with my arthritic knees, my friend with her broken ankle, and my nearly 80 year old mom who also has limited mobility, it proved to be quite a strain for all of us.  But with a name like “Hidden Falls” what else did we expect?  😉

The pathway to the falls was lovely even despite our pain…



Mmm so green…


I love trees…


Oh, and we heard an owl along the way!

The falls themselves were mediocre, and with them being near a campground, they were completely overrun with people, so it wasn’t the peaceful experience I was hoping for.  But even so, being near water is always a win, and we did our best to enjoy ourselves despite all the people.

Here are a couple of shots I managed to capture without any people in them…



My friend had less luck getting photos without any people in them… this weird lady totally got in the way of this shot.  😉


That evening that same friend and I went to a nearby State Park to attend a meteor shower party to watch the Perseids.  That also ended up being a bit of a disappointment.  The “party” only went until 10pm and it’s not even dark enough out yet at that time to see anything, the best time for viewing is well after midnight.

 They had a campfire and a story teller sharing some stories from Greek mythology about how the Perseids came into being.  I love that sort of thing and tried really hard to get into the spirit of it all, but unfortunately it was just really lame.  His gestures were so severely overly exaggerated, and they were never at the appropriate times during the story.  But I gotta give the guy credit for his effort.  They also had a student from the University of Minnesota who gave a talk about the real source of the Perseids, but he was so nervous that he couldn’t get his words out and barely made any sense, I felt sorry him.

However, one highlight was that I got an amazing up close look at my moon through a very powerful telescope they had there, and it was sooo beautiful!  I LOVE the moon!  ❤

Another “high”light was when my friend found a bag of weed in the parking lot…


I’m sure whoever dropped it was pretty bummed out to have lost their little stash, but it’s not like we could have turned it in to the lost and found.  Don’t worry, we didn’t smoke it… who knows where it’s been?  😉

We stopped by my sister’s place on the way home with the intention of watching the meteor shower from her deck, but just as we got all set up, the clouds started rolling in.  I did manage to see one shooting star though, so it wasn’t a complete loss.   And besides… seeing only one makes it that much more special anyways.


The following day was my actual birthday, and I decided to spend part of it at a local rose garden like I have in the past.  It smelled absolutely amazing there!  It was another hot summer day though, so we were all melting, but once again everyone rallied so I could do something that I enjoy on my birthday.

Here are a few pictures I snapped of the roses while I was there…




And it’s not only roses they have there.  They have little sections of plantings that are color themed.  This isn’t the greatest shot of it, but I loved this planting made up of all purples.  Purple is my favorite color…


What I loved the most though, was having all my favorite people there with me.  I’m so truly grateful for my family and for good friends.  ❤

And my whole birthday was made all that much more special having this new little precious one in my life now…


She is such a joy to me!

And a great help…. she also helped me pick out what to order at the restaurant that evening…


Hmm… pasta or… pasta?  Definitely pasta!  🙂

And helped me blow out the candles on my cake…


Yes… my cake does say “Happy Birthday Poop”


Well, I think I’ve probably taken up enough of your time, thank you for letting me share this with all of you.


Oh wait, one more thing… I also got these freaking awesome barefoot sandals as a birthday gift from my daughter…


Pay no attention to the worn off nail polish on my toes – these feet have been mighty busy lately


Have a wonderful weekend, my friends.  Hope you have some time to put your feet up and reflect on all that is good and lovely in your world…



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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50 responses to “Saturday Morning Reflections: on Butterflies, Birthdays, Blooms & Babies

  1. Happy Birthday! Happy Everyday! Happy Butterflies! Happy Baby Girls! ❤

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  2. Wow Julie! What a full and fun week of Birthday celebrations. I’m glad you had family friends and great activities to enjoy! I haven’t been able to see the meteor shower either. 😦 Happy Belated Birthday! Maybe you can drag it out another week. 🙂


  3. Happy Birthday and thanks for sharing your beautiful photos! 🙂

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  4. isabellaesthermariarose

    Wonderful series of photos, Jewels. Those butterflies are stunning!! And you have some lovely people in your world. Blessings. my friend. ♥

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  5. Such lovely photos! I swear you are the butterfly whisperer! They never stay still for me. Happy birthday and thank you for sharing your special days with us!

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    • Thanks Trisha! Haha I like that… butterfly whisperer! They definitely don’t like to stay still, and even when they do land on a flower, their wings are constantly opening and closing, I always feel lucky when I catch a decent shot of them. 🙂


  6. Wonderful photos, thank you for sharing 🙂 Great to see the little one also enjoying your birthday. Happy Birthday 🙂

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  7. Beautiful butterfly shots and baby! Happy Bday! 🙂

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  8. Belated Happy Birthday, Julie! You do take the most beautiful butterfly photos–but all your photos are so lovely.

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  9. Happy Belated!
    Wow, what an incredible and beautiful weekend! Thanks for sharing so much with us. 🙂

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  10. Happy belated birthday!!!! 💖🌟💖🌟🌸. I loooove the butterflies! And I love your granddaughter! And I love you and your beautiful feet! What a gorgeous post to indulge in on an early Sunday morning! Thank you! 😊💖😊💖

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  11. A beautiful post Jewels, full of variety and beautiful vistas, including yourself and your precious granddaughter. You had an amazing few days thanks for sharing them:-)

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    • Thank you! It really was a lovely birthday filled with so much beauty, despite the obstacles. I’m so grateful for my precious family and my friend, and for their willingness to go along with my whims, even in the hot weather – which all of them hate. 😉

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  12. great post

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  13. Several lovely sets of pictures. Congratulations on your birthday

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  14. A day oozing with love and joy Julie!! Thank you for the smiles 💕
    This butterfly shots are fabulous! (Thinks … 5 More and you’ll have an amazing calendar!)
    Love those barefoot sandals too. xo

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    • My birthday really was filled with so much love, I’m so grateful! ❤
      Thanks Val, I had lots of fun taking all those pictures of the butterflies, such beautiful and graceful creatures.
      I love my new barefoot sandals, now all I need is a pedicure and my feet will be all set! 🙂

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  15. Happy Birthday, Julie! Your celebrations were wonderfully chosen (I’d love to do the same things) and your company was stellar. So many blessings!

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  16. You are so blessed Julie, surrounded by love. Happy birthday darling ❤️

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  17. What a beautiful collections of butterflies and flowers pictures. Lovely family shots as well.

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  18. What an amazing post Julie!! The butterflies were just gorgeous, I could smell the roses, and you are all looking lovely, especially sweet Noelle!! Lots of love coming your way and so glad you had such lovely days. xxxxxx

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    • Thanks so much, Ruth! I really enjoyed the butterflies and the roses, they were so beautiful. And of course, sharing it all with my family and my good friend made it all that much more beautiful, especially sweet little Noelle.
      Lots of love coming right back your way! xx ❤


  19. Wow, you’ve got a lot of amazing photos above, and your granddaughter is absolutely adorable! Happy Birthday! I recently had a birthday too, and I’m a big fan of celebrating the whole week as well!

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  20. Lots of wonderful pictures! Great post. Oh ya, go smoke that weed! 😉

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  21. A big belated birthday hug to you, Julie! So, you’re an August baby – just like me!? It’s always a pleasure to read your posts. You truly have a gift to capture beauty in words and images. P.S. Noelle is SO cute. ❤

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    • Thanks Noora, and a big belated birthday hug to you too my fellow August baby, hope yours was lovely! 🙂
      Thanks so much for your kind and encouraging words, I appreciate you! ❤
      Noelle IS so cute, and she brings me so much joy!

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