Hugh Pinckard

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Tiny Tim our “Special” Monarch Butterfly

Tiny Tim our “Special” Monarch Butterfly

Tiny Tim is our "Special Needs" Monarch Butterfly.  He is one of the five(5) of our second batch of sixteen(16) Monarchs.  More on the others later; this is Tiny Tim's Story. <img width="360" height="240" src="https://pelicanprose.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/IMG_1717-360x240.jpg" alt="Underdeveloped Monarch Butterfly" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/pelicanprose.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/IMG_1717-scaled.jpg?resize=360%2C240&ssl=1 360w, https://i0.wp.com/pelicanprose.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/IMG_1717-scaled.jpg?zoom=2&resize=360%2C240&ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/pelicanprose.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/IMG_1717-scaled.jpg?zoom=3&resize=360%2C240&ssl=1 1080w" sizes="(max-width: 360px) 100vw, 360px" /> Good Morning and Happy 4th of July.  The day started off just as any other in the live of a Monarch Butterfly Rancher.  We have five(5) Chrysalis hanging in the "outdoor habitat" and five(5) in the "indoor habitat."  These fellas did not get the predawn start of their six(6) predecessors…
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New & Improved Monarch Butterfly Garden

New & Improved Monarch Butterfly Garden

Monarch Butterfly Garden 2021 Monarach Butterfly Garden 2022 Not a day goes by that we don't hear and/or see "New and Improved."  Well, now it is my turn:  What a difference a year makes.  We have made a lot of improvements to our Monarch Butterfly Garden. Some of the changes/improvements we must credit to God, time, and "Mother Nature" as time to grow has filled out a lot of plants.  We have added several "Milkweed" plants; having planted over one hundred (100) plants and/or seed.  There are four (4) varieties: Tropical/Butterfly Milkweed, Yellow Milkweed, Swamp Milkweed, and Showy Milkweed.  Over…
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Lazarus the Monarch Butterfly

Lazarus the Monarch Butterfly

I'm just an Egg <img src="https://pelicanprose.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/MonarchEggCloseUp-150x150.jpg" alt="Monarch Egg" width="150" height="113" />  One November day,  my mother places me on the underside of a Milkweed plant leaf.  Monarch Butterfly eggs are only laid on the Milkweed plant; however, there are around one hundred (100) varieties.  I am only the size of the head of a straight pin.  I will stay in my shell for one to five days (1-5).  I will begin to grow and develop.  As I grow, I will break out and the shell will become my first meal; as I will eat it before moving onto eating leaves.…
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Pinckard Monarch Butterfly Ranch

Pinckard Monarch Butterfly Ranch

This all started back in July; every year I try to spend quality time with my grandchildren. My Mother and I try to plan "grand adventures" so that we have quality time and make memories. This year, after our ocean cruise was cancelled, we took a week, traveled to Branson, MO, stayed at a "Dude Ranch" in Northern Arkansas. We day tripped to "Silver Dollar City" and another to ride the "Branson Scenic Railway" and a short visit to the "Butterfly Palace". We stayed at the ranch for quite time, relaxing, game-time, and horseback/trail riding. I tell you all of…
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Monarch Butterfly Garden

Monarch Butterfly Garden

"Monarch Butterflies" lay "eggs on Milkweed" plants only.  As well the Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar only eats the Milkweed plant leaves.  Both the Monarch and the plant are disappearing from across the United States.  I have taken to planting Milkweed whenever and wherever possible.  There are several varieties and they differ  depending on the region. I am utilizing "Butterfly Milkweed" (pictured above) and "Swamp Milkweed" ("Swamp Milkweed photo").   I was fortunate, one day taking "B Roll" footage in the backyard, to capture a Monarch laying an egg. Granted the footage is shaky as I was utilizing the camera handheld and extreme zoom;…
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We’ve lost our “community”

We’ve lost our “community”

The mere fact that I am a "truck driver" had me voting, early, today as I will be out of the area for November 3.  I have not missed an election since my eighteen(18) birthday.  I believe that voting is a "civic responsibility" and should be undertaking seriously at every election. There is never a point that any election is too small or insignificant: local only to national they all need input from the local citizen. Let me set the scene.  My local early polling location has extended the available hours to 8am to 7pm for 10 days.  I decided…
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Split Second, Every decision has multiple impacts

Split Second, Every decision has multiple impacts

 What happens in a "split second" often has an impact on your immediate and distant future.  As a "professional truck driver", it is easy for me to relate events that I see and/or experience on the road to the broader meaning of life.  Take this moment as an example:  I am traveling along a very curvy LA highway, it is a two lane and winds down through the swamp, over and around bayous.  Key point to remember: if there is a shoulder (in this case NONE), it is soft; especially because of the current rain and the previous storms.  My cargo…
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Slow to Judge

Slow to Judge

So it has been said that everyone’s life is a story.  We even hear some people state that their life is an “open book”.  Give this a thought for just a moment.  Even if someone’s life is a open book, there are aspects that is not now.  Even moments in time that have been overlooked and/or forgotten.   Think about about it for a moment:  Some of your closest friends or relatives, are there not moment or aspects that you do not know about.  These are not necessarily secrets as they just have not be shared for one reason or…
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Drive Aware, Be Safe

Drive Aware, Be Safe

Everyone on the roadways of America needs to stay aware.  Keep informed of your surroundings.  A friend and fellow driver shared this clip of a very close call and almost fatal incident. He was traveling loaded with Liquified Petroleum on I-10 through a construction zone.  Been an experienced and seasoned driver, he was staying aware of his surroundings and ready for things to happen and very possibly go wrong/sideways.  We try to anticipate careless acts around us; he approached and entrance ramp with merging traffic and was slowing as a car was creeping toward the travel lane.  However, the second…
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RoadTrip 2020 Done

RoadTrip 2020 Done

Well, RoadTrip 2020 has officially come to an end: check that box, close that book.  We have completed the trip to DFW and placed my GrandGirls onto their flight back home. We had the absolute best time entertaining (or being entertained; not sure which) my older two grandchildren.  Our RoadTrip went as perfectly as possible; memories made! Twenty-one (21) days including the ten (10) day road adventure of ten (10) states, three thousand five hundred sixty (3560) miles, and multiple sites and places observed and/or explored.  Now brainstorming and planning has begun for next year.  How to top this; it’s…
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