Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Cabbage Whites

The past 14 days have been a whirlwind. Julian's dad had a total knee replacement so we traveled to Virginia for that. At work, we kicked off
which will have me busy as a bee for the next little bit, well... until Dec. 31, 2015 to be exact. So, I went to Virginia, dropped Julian off with his parents, came back to Morgantown for the week and Sunday I went back to get him. Despite being crazy, the surgery went well and recovery seems to be going well. We all can exhale now.

Last year, my father-in-law had his hip replaced because the bad knee had been so bad, for so long that the hip sustained damage. The entire hip replacement experience was terrible, as we all discovered that my FIL had an undiagnosed heart condition AFTER the surgery had been performed. Heart issues + blood thinners + anesthesia = very scary times, so you can imagine how the weekend prior to the knee surgery was accompanied by a big fat elephant in the room.

Fortunately for everyone involved, it was also accompanied by these:

These little white (sometimes ivory) butterflies are 'Cabbage Whites'. They dance around flowers, herbs, trees, mud puddles - nearly everything this time of year. In North America, they don't have an "in-season" like they do in other parts of the world. Basically, if the temps are above freezing and the sun is out, you're likely to see one. Personally, I have a love/hate relationship with them as their caterpillars are big green nasties that plague my cabbage, broccoli, and brussels sprouts. But they are so commonplace it just wouldn't be summer without them. 

This is one of about a hundred that were out on the lavender when I was snapping this. They were also flitting around the tree tops. Any time the room got quiet and the elephant started to shift its weight, someone would say, "I've never seen so many Cabbage Whites." And we were all thankful for a break in the silence. 

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