Posts Tagged ‘royality’

Jumping Spiders

Jumping spiders have eight eyes and eight legs like other spiders do.  The two center eyes are particularly large.

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 Their size ranges from 1 to 22 millimeters long. And they can move! This one didn’t want its picture taken.

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They inject their victims with venom.

… I think they’re so cute! This one looks like royalty with the way it’s “dressed.”

Royalty Philosophy

I want to share my “royalty philosophy.” After my daughters and one son left home, I realized I was the only female in the house, and that made me the “queen.” The queen believes in treating the queen like a queen.  I don’t flaunt being royality. I just pamper myself in little ways.

This is usually in subtle ways that go unnoticed by others. Anything that feels like a treat, anything to make me feel special, even pampered.  Basically, I take a little time for myself and do what I want to do. It could be a chocolate malt on a hot afternoon, a long soak in the tub, sleeping little longer in the morning, or watching a sunset.

I took a few minutes after breakfast to sit outside and enjoy the sunny day with its cool breezes. A dove coo’d. A cardinal repeated “cheer, cheer, birdy, birdy, birdy.” A woodpecker drummed in the distance, and a bluejay squawked. And one of my favorites, the white-throated sparrow, gave its melodious song. Birders put words to it: “On Sam Peabody, Peabody, Peabody.”An eastern phoebe repeated its name. Redwing blackbirds gave “o-ka-lee” calls from a nearby pond. A chipping sparrow repeated rapid “chips.” The trees were in various stages of leafing. An orange sulphur butterfly flitted about.

Money plant

After one more casual glance around, I started working in the garden. I felt energized after being treated to such a pleasant spring morning. These blooms on money plant caught my attention and seemed appropriate for a picture here. I thought I might as well manifest wealth too.

After such a nice morning and a relaxed productive day, “her majesty” decided to sit outside with the first-quarter moon. I went out in the backyard in the last light of dusk. Our backyard faces east and isn’t the best for viewing an overhead moon. The moon comes up roughly an hour later every night, putting it lower in the east every night.

A waxing first-quarter moon and Venus lower to the right

A bright planet shone to the north of the moon, and a fainter planet was below it. It was still light enough that the stars hadn’t started shining yet. Then looking around I found another planet to the south– reddish and assumed it was Mars. Crickets were the only noise makers.

I hurried in and looked up planets for today online (yesterday, March 28) The highest, brightest was Venus with Jupiter under it. What I thought was Mars, was Mars. The website said Saturn was to rise at 8:30.  I went back out and couldn’t find Saturn. We have a pine-covered hill behind the house and to the south. It takes a while for the moon, etc to clear the hill.

Her Majesty ended her day reading in bed, drinking cup of hot chocolate.