A Little of This, A Little of That

Whew!  

I've been running my ass off this week.  I don't know why, but my calendar and to-do list are both bursting at the seams.  

Also?

I had to take a pain pill before sitting down to write.  The Torturer gets in these moods sometimes.  He calls it ornery … I call it mean.  The man damn near ripped my arm out of the socket before he taped me up and sent me on my way.  I knew before I ever left PT I'd need at least one pain pill in the hours to follow.

Pain pills make me ramble.  Pain pills make my brain scattered.  Lucky you, you get to read the resulting randomness.

First of all, I apologize to those of you who were not able to access Twenty Four At Heart yesterday.  There were a host of technical problems all of which have (hopefully) now been resolved.  I think I was funny yesterday so if you missed out you may want to scroll down and read about James drilling my holes.  

How pathetic is it that I think I'm funny?  Sad ….

Second, yesterday I told you about my new TV stand.  Apparently, the store that sold me the stand logged on to 24 yesterday during working hours.  Someone read my post about James … aloud to all the employees including James.  I'm told they found it "hysterical," although James did pout sadly and mutter, "James was a disappointment?"

I apologize James.  I'm sure your drill is very … adequate.

Ahem.

Third, I'm going to be doing an extension of my PT at a local gym beginning next week.  I will be working with someone who has both a physical therapy and personal training background.  (I will still be working with The Torturer at PT also.)  The goal is to rehab some of the muscles surrounding my arm that are no longer functioning well due to the prolonged loss of use of my arm.  I'm sure being in a Money Town gym on a regular basis will be a great source for blog fodder.

Fourth, I had lunch with The Butterfly Lady yesterday.  Do you wonder what women do for careers in Orange County?  Well, at least one of them raises butterflies.

Do you remember when Briefcase invited about twenty people over recently without forewarning me?  The following week one of the women who had been over that night brought me a thank you gift.  It was a Painted Lady.  Isn't it pretty?

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That's right, she gave me my very own butterfly which she had raised since it was a mere egg.  

The butterfly and a pretty purple flower came in a cute little decorated container.  On the container there was a label that said, "I am a Painted Lady Butterfly and this flower is a Butterfly Bush.  It is one of my favorite nectar flowers.  To release me, take me outside at least one hour before dusk, make a wish, open the lid, and watch me fly away!"

I think it is one of the most wonderful gifts I've ever received.  I was delighted!

I released my Painted Lady into the canyon behind our house.

Yesterday I met The Butterfly Lady for lunch.  She explained to me how she raises butterflies year round.  She plants things in her yard to attract them, collects their eggs and raises more butterflies than a person can imagine.  Butterflies are sold to people for release at weddings, funerals and special occasions. 

It was captivating listening to her.  It would never, ever, occur to me to raise butterflies.  She began raising butterflies initially as a hobby.

Talking with The Butterfly Lady made me think.  I bet a lot of you have a wide variety of interesting hobbies too.  What do you like to do in your spare time?  Do you have a hobby or interest, or perhaps even an side business to occupy your time?  

I can't wait to hear what you spend your time doing when you're not at work or visiting here!

© Twenty Four At Heart

57 Responses to “A Little of This, A Little of That”

  1. Alan

    If you like animals as gifts, I have a few cats I can paint and send over to your house! Just sayin’…

  2. Alan

    If you like animals as gifts, I have a few cats I can paint and send over to your house! Just sayin’…

  3. Alan

    If you like animals as gifts, I have a few cats I can paint and send over to your house! Just sayin’…

  4. Kate

    What a wonderful gift. As for hobbies…I collect yarn…..and crochet…I have a lot more yarn then I can crochet.

  5. Kate

    What a wonderful gift. As for hobbies…I collect yarn…..and crochet…I have a lot more yarn then I can crochet.

  6. Kate

    What a wonderful gift. As for hobbies…I collect yarn…..and crochet…I have a lot more yarn then I can crochet.

  7. Michele P

    What a great gift! I have (way) too many hobbies. I road bike and run (for sanity) and in addition to my full time gig, I just became a partner in my best friend’s business. It’s SUCH a fun product! Faux fur ski boot/skate covers. Check out http://www.bootchic.com.

  8. Michele P

    What a great gift! I have (way) too many hobbies. I road bike and run (for sanity) and in addition to my full time gig, I just became a partner in my best friend’s business. It’s SUCH a fun product! Faux fur ski boot/skate covers. Check out http://www.bootchic.com.

  9. Michele P

    What a great gift! I have (way) too many hobbies. I road bike and run (for sanity) and in addition to my full time gig, I just became a partner in my best friend’s business. It’s SUCH a fun product! Faux fur ski boot/skate covers. Check out http://www.bootchic.com.

  10. Elaina

    That was such a great gift. I love it.
    Photography and writing…those are my hobbies. The photography keeps me sane. The writing sometimes makes me crazy. Haha.

  11. Elaina

    That was such a great gift. I love it.
    Photography and writing…those are my hobbies. The photography keeps me sane. The writing sometimes makes me crazy. Haha.

  12. Elaina

    That was such a great gift. I love it.
    Photography and writing…those are my hobbies. The photography keeps me sane. The writing sometimes makes me crazy. Haha.

  13. Joanne

    poor guy! now he probably has drill anxiety. being “out” is a big deal, sounds like.
    hobbies, I do wildlife and exotic pet rehabilitation. right now I have a taiwan rat snake with a mouth ulcer.

  14. Joanne

    poor guy! now he probably has drill anxiety. being “out” is a big deal, sounds like.
    hobbies, I do wildlife and exotic pet rehabilitation. right now I have a taiwan rat snake with a mouth ulcer.

  15. Joanne

    poor guy! now he probably has drill anxiety. being “out” is a big deal, sounds like.
    hobbies, I do wildlife and exotic pet rehabilitation. right now I have a taiwan rat snake with a mouth ulcer.

  16. Kelly

    What a beautiful butterfly. Cool gift!
    Not sad I think you’re funny too.
    Really, really funny that James read about you checking out his drill. ha ha!

  17. Kelly

    What a beautiful butterfly. Cool gift!
    Not sad I think you’re funny too.
    Really, really funny that James read about you checking out his drill. ha ha!

  18. Kelly

    What a beautiful butterfly. Cool gift!
    Not sad I think you’re funny too.
    Really, really funny that James read about you checking out his drill. ha ha!

  19. Beth Christians

    I never would have thought about raising butterflies…How imaginative! Me..photography, scuba diving…both at the same time when I can!

  20. Beth Christians

    I never would have thought about raising butterflies…How imaginative! Me..photography, scuba diving…both at the same time when I can!

  21. Beth Christians

    I never would have thought about raising butterflies…How imaginative! Me..photography, scuba diving…both at the same time when I can!

  22. Linda

    Well, you know about my yarn stash & crochet projects but I also collect dust bunnies! Oh yes, it’s quite the collection too. They’re wiley buggers but I’ll see if I can get a couple pictures for y’all!

  23. Linda

    Well, you know about my yarn stash & crochet projects but I also collect dust bunnies! Oh yes, it’s quite the collection too. They’re wiley buggers but I’ll see if I can get a couple pictures for y’all!

  24. Linda

    Well, you know about my yarn stash & crochet projects but I also collect dust bunnies! Oh yes, it’s quite the collection too. They’re wiley buggers but I’ll see if I can get a couple pictures for y’all!

  25. Liz C

    Poor James. Oh well, he’s young so he’ll probably get over it.
    Big news about the gym! I can’t wait to hear who inhabits such a place.
    Hobbies? My hobby is trying new hobbies. We call it “getting hit by the ‘Shiny!’ bus”. Hmmm… the butterfly thing has me intrigued now… damn ‘Shiny!’ bus!

  26. Liz C

    Poor James. Oh well, he’s young so he’ll probably get over it.
    Big news about the gym! I can’t wait to hear who inhabits such a place.
    Hobbies? My hobby is trying new hobbies. We call it “getting hit by the ‘Shiny!’ bus”. Hmmm… the butterfly thing has me intrigued now… damn ‘Shiny!’ bus!

  27. Liz C

    Poor James. Oh well, he’s young so he’ll probably get over it.
    Big news about the gym! I can’t wait to hear who inhabits such a place.
    Hobbies? My hobby is trying new hobbies. We call it “getting hit by the ‘Shiny!’ bus”. Hmmm… the butterfly thing has me intrigued now… damn ‘Shiny!’ bus!

  28. Anita

    I drink coffee and bake. Oh, and I’m an expert at naps. 🙂
    That, and I volunteer way too much at a non-profit organization that is close to my heart.

  29. Anita

    I drink coffee and bake. Oh, and I’m an expert at naps. 🙂
    That, and I volunteer way too much at a non-profit organization that is close to my heart.

  30. Anita

    I drink coffee and bake. Oh, and I’m an expert at naps. 🙂
    That, and I volunteer way too much at a non-profit organization that is close to my heart.

  31. Chase 'n Butterflies

    It’s me the butterfly lady. Yes, I truly raise butterflies from start to finish. It is both a challenge and a blessing! Like I told my “friend”…butterflies just have a way of cheering you up! I have always remembered a bit of advice I was once given…find out what you are good at, and get paid for it. Well I found that I am good at this butterfly thing. This hobby started as an idea for a gift for my niece who will be getting married in 2010 at a winery in Santa Barbara (cool, huh!), so I knew I would need a few years under my belt to get it down to a science. Lucky for me it hasn’t taken as long as I thought (little less than 2 years). Believe it or not, there is a world out there for butterfly breeders. Even the USDA gets involved…but that’s another story! I tapped into the butterfly breeders and took some classes through butterfly organizations, and that is how I got started.
    With graduation coming up, if any of you need butterflies just e-mail me (chasenbutterflies@cox.net). I sell them as a single butterfly or as a group for a release, or as a caterpillar you can raise yourself.

  32. Chase 'n Butterflies

    It’s me the butterfly lady. Yes, I truly raise butterflies from start to finish. It is both a challenge and a blessing! Like I told my “friend”…butterflies just have a way of cheering you up! I have always remembered a bit of advice I was once given…find out what you are good at, and get paid for it. Well I found that I am good at this butterfly thing. This hobby started as an idea for a gift for my niece who will be getting married in 2010 at a winery in Santa Barbara (cool, huh!), so I knew I would need a few years under my belt to get it down to a science. Lucky for me it hasn’t taken as long as I thought (little less than 2 years). Believe it or not, there is a world out there for butterfly breeders. Even the USDA gets involved…but that’s another story! I tapped into the butterfly breeders and took some classes through butterfly organizations, and that is how I got started.
    With graduation coming up, if any of you need butterflies just e-mail me (chasenbutterflies@cox.net). I sell them as a single butterfly or as a group for a release, or as a caterpillar you can raise yourself.

  33. Chase 'n Butterflies

    It’s me the butterfly lady. Yes, I truly raise butterflies from start to finish. It is both a challenge and a blessing! Like I told my “friend”…butterflies just have a way of cheering you up! I have always remembered a bit of advice I was once given…find out what you are good at, and get paid for it. Well I found that I am good at this butterfly thing. This hobby started as an idea for a gift for my niece who will be getting married in 2010 at a winery in Santa Barbara (cool, huh!), so I knew I would need a few years under my belt to get it down to a science. Lucky for me it hasn’t taken as long as I thought (little less than 2 years). Believe it or not, there is a world out there for butterfly breeders. Even the USDA gets involved…but that’s another story! I tapped into the butterfly breeders and took some classes through butterfly organizations, and that is how I got started.
    With graduation coming up, if any of you need butterflies just e-mail me (chasenbutterflies@cox.net). I sell them as a single butterfly or as a group for a release, or as a caterpillar you can raise yourself.

  34. BeautifulWreck

    Well, I sew, monogram, gossip with friends, talk about event planning with people, homeschool the heathens, and try to have as much sex as I possibly can get in. Now off to read about James!

  35. BeautifulWreck

    Well, I sew, monogram, gossip with friends, talk about event planning with people, homeschool the heathens, and try to have as much sex as I possibly can get in. Now off to read about James!

  36. BeautifulWreck

    Well, I sew, monogram, gossip with friends, talk about event planning with people, homeschool the heathens, and try to have as much sex as I possibly can get in. Now off to read about James!

  37. Jan

    The butterfly thing sounds WAY cool!
    As for the rest of it, I cook and blog – but those are more avocations rather than hobbies. Sometimes I do some cross stitch and crochet a little. I putter in the garden.
    I know, I know – you can barely stand the excitement of it all.

  38. Jan

    The butterfly thing sounds WAY cool!
    As for the rest of it, I cook and blog – but those are more avocations rather than hobbies. Sometimes I do some cross stitch and crochet a little. I putter in the garden.
    I know, I know – you can barely stand the excitement of it all.

  39. Jan

    The butterfly thing sounds WAY cool!
    As for the rest of it, I cook and blog – but those are more avocations rather than hobbies. Sometimes I do some cross stitch and crochet a little. I putter in the garden.
    I know, I know – you can barely stand the excitement of it all.

  40. Life with Kaishon

    I love that job! Butterfly lady! And what a unique gift. It must be hard to let them go if she raises them since birth or hatching or whatever you would call that : ).
    I like to take pictures. That is my favorite thing.

  41. Life with Kaishon

    I love that job! Butterfly lady! And what a unique gift. It must be hard to let them go if she raises them since birth or hatching or whatever you would call that : ).
    I like to take pictures. That is my favorite thing.

  42. Life with Kaishon

    I love that job! Butterfly lady! And what a unique gift. It must be hard to let them go if she raises them since birth or hatching or whatever you would call that : ).
    I like to take pictures. That is my favorite thing.

  43. sometimessophia

    Hobbies? Reading, knitting, listening to books while I paint… Volunteering at the local library. Cooking… lots of cooking. Dreaming about throwing away stuff… or selling it. Taking lots of photos. 🙂

  44. sometimessophia

    Hobbies? Reading, knitting, listening to books while I paint… Volunteering at the local library. Cooking… lots of cooking. Dreaming about throwing away stuff… or selling it. Taking lots of photos. 🙂

  45. sometimessophia

    Hobbies? Reading, knitting, listening to books while I paint… Volunteering at the local library. Cooking… lots of cooking. Dreaming about throwing away stuff… or selling it. Taking lots of photos. 🙂

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