September 29, 2010 The monarch butterfly birthing room is now empty, cleaned and will return it to Carlee. Maybe she will lend it to me next season. What an experience watching the caterpillars turn into a chrysalis, then to a butterfly. I could hardly believe my eyes. I took the first two, on different days, down to the pond where the eggs were laid and released them. The first one disappeared so fast that I didn't see where it went. The next one flexed his wings and flew to the very top of the willow tree at the end of the pond. Sadly enough, the third never hatched.
Sometimes I am in for a surprise as I drive down the lane between a hayfield and cornfield. One day, twin fawns popped out of the cornfield. I have seen them off and on with the doe. That day they were by themselves. We eyeballed each other, Daisy looked on in wonder and soon they trotted on and disappeared at the end of the cornfield. Another day a pair of sandhill cranes were in the hayfield. I drove slowly as they headed west. The day was beautiful, a bit of a breeze was making ripples on the pond which looked like dancing diamonds. I sat in the lawn swing, read the newspapers and listened to the breezes in the white pine and spruce trees. Daisy did her sniff-sniffing and then lay down beside me. When we left, the cranes were heading back our way and decided to leave. They can be told in flight from herons as they fly with necks stuck straight ahead and herons fly with necks curved.
The West Berlin United Methodist Church that I refer to as "The Little Church in the Wildwood," has started a class following church services called 'Christianity's Family Tree' which is being led by Kathy O'Dell. It is very informative and interesting and you certainly are welcome for church at 11 a.m. and the class starts at 12:15 in the fellowship hall. So far we have studied Orthodoxy and Catholicism. There will be no class on Oct. 3 as we are having coffee hour. Classes continue with Lutheranism on Oct. 10, Presbyterianism on Oct. 17, Anglicanism on Oct. 24, Baptists on Oct. 31, Coffee hour on Nov. 7, Pentecostalism on Nov. 14 and Methodism on Nov. 21. Ya'll come!
There will be an Advent study for adults, "The Best Songs Come at Night" meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 28; Miracles Begin as Babies on Dec. 5; The Best Songs Come at Night on Dec. 12; Wise Men Follow a Star on Dec. 19; Christmas Lasts Longer than You Think.
We would love to welcome you.
Gertie Brooks is a lifelong Almont area resident. A 'farm girl,' Gertie is the premier historian for the Almont area, and frequently offers her memories and first-hand accounts in her 'Country Cousin' columns.