Are you enjoying the beautiful fall weather as much as I am?
It is certainly pretty with the clear blue skies and puffy white clouds. The air just feels like fall is here. I know we will have some more hot days, but I will enjoy the cooler ones while we have them. And fall brought with it a wonderful rain that has just greened up the landscape and we will be mowing lawns for a while longer.
Another Madison District Retreat has been written into the history book and I think I can speak for everyone who went that it was the best yet. It was a tribute to Reenie Horton, who had been one of the original people with the vision to start it. She died this past year, and the rest of the people stepped up to carry on.
Butterflies was the theme and a lady from Bartholomew County had been tagging the Monarch ever since she was driving in Wisconsin and saw a little sign that said “butterfly tagging.” She told of the life cycle of the Monarch from Mexico where they winter and then going north as far as Wisconsin and Michigan where they start back to Mexico. There are five generations from the time they leave until they get back.
They winter in a certain fir tree, and they are endangered because that area is subject to being destroyed and commercial ventures built.
It was certainly an interesting talk. I even got to release one of the four butterflies she had brought. If you have milkweed plants growing on your property next summer, by all means don’t destroy them as that is the plant where they lay their eggs and the only plant they will eat.
We learned all kinds of things, from making body lotion from dollar store products to making our own laundry detergent. We got the recipes and I will share them with all of you. I haven’t used my sample of detergent yet, but I have used the lotion and it is a winner.