2019 Newsletter 38-🦋Grow through what you go through🦋

2019 Newsletter 38-🦋Grow through what you go through🦋

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Last week, as the sun was setting across the prairie at the dog park, I stood and watched the Monarch butterflies. They would feed on the yellow flowers, fly a few feet, and then feed on another. I couldn’t believe the large clusters! Did you know that Monarchs do not fly at night? Instead, they roost in trees before they continue on their journey to the South.
People across Wisconsin are seeing an increase in Monarch butterflies and the distinctive orange and black wings aren’t here by chance. Wisconsin falls along the Monarch migration trail as the butterfly heads to Mexico. Yes, I know, it is hard to believe, but these rather fragile butterflies fly thousands of miles to escape Wisconsin winters! Why don’t they just remain in Mexico? Well, the plants they need for reproduction don’t grow in Mexico! They are programmed in their DNA to fly north where the milkweed plants they depend on for reproduction are plentiful. Monarchs require a lot of flower nectar in order to make their southern journey and stop often along the way for nectar.
With ample rains and warm sunny days, the native wildflowers are everywhere this year and milkweeds are abundant as many people have been focusing on planting pollinator gardens over the last several years. While they had been in decline for several years, their numbers are increasing due to good weather conditions and proper nesting spots.
When I think of Monarchs, I am also reminded that there is no better symbol for transformation. In order for a caterpillar to become a butterfly, change is a must. They start as a tiny egg on a milkweed plant, to a caterpillar, to the protective pupa, before they fully transformation into a beautiful butterfly. Every bit of struggle that we go through in our own lives, the good and the bad, both provide us what we need to become better humans.
I also need to realize when it is time to put myself first. Sometimes this includes going back home or remembering my roots when I find myself straying from my end goals.
I hope you all get the chance to see a few clusters of Monarchs this year before they all head south!
Until next time,
Saturday OCTOBER 5 7-8AM
What do you get if you divide the circumference of a pumpkin by its diameter?
Pumpkin Pi!
Who it the King of the insects?
The Monarch!
Autumn Chicken and Gouda Hash
Creamy Gouda cheese and sweet apples make this easy dish a winner!
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 12 ounce package fully-cooked chicken sausage links
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 Honeycrisp or sweet-tart apples, diced
  • 1 small white onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Teaspoons minced fresh sage
  • 1/2 Teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 8 ounces shredded Smoked Gouda
  • Salt and pepper to taste


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