Mudpuppies & Horseshoe Crabs

Happy Summer Sisters! Can you believe it? It’s finally here! Why does the arrival of summer have such a bitter sweet taste? Maybe it’s because we wait so, so long for summer solstice (the longest day of the year) knowing that each day going forward gets shorter by a minute or two. If you’re like most Farmgirls, you’re running in twenty different directions trying to capture the best days of summer! Same here! Wanna see a Horseshoe Crab and a mudpuppy too? Join me as I ramble…

I know, I know.. why did I have to go and bring up the fact that summertime ( by the calendar ) is only 12 weeks long? Because, I don’t want any of us to miss the simple, sweet offerings of this care-free season, that’s why!

Gone are the days of packing up the kids, cooler, beach buckets and shovels and heading for beach for fun in the sun! We’re working around the ” teen scene” these days. Since our oldest ( 16 ) got his first job and the youngest has a full social calendar, we’ve got to be creative about squeezing in time at the cottage.

I think all phases of child rearing teaches ( us GRUPS ) parents something new. As our children grow, so do we!  Parenting our teens is teaching this old horse a few new tricks. For one, I’m learning to be spontanious again!

Yesterday, I grabbed ( begged and pleaded ) our 14 year old daughter to come do an over night with her dear ole’ mom at the cottage. She’s not the kind of girl who likes surprises… But, she surprised me by saying yes ( I didn’t have to twist her arm too hard ) and off to the beach we went to celebrate the first day of Summer! Her beach besty joined us and my handsome Yankee came out for dinner and quick a dip after work.

We ate by candle light; then my hubby ran out to capture the last rays of the sun on the longest day of the year.

We ” girls ” and MAX stayed overnight so we could enjoy a quiet morning by the sea before driving home to get teen number 1 to work by 2:00. We manged to squeeze in a good long walk before we had to pack it up and head for the barn.

Max and I were up ( with the birds ) so we tiptoed out of the cottage leaving the girls in a peaceful summer slumber and set out for the shore.

Walking down the road I discovered this native milkweed plant growing wild on the shoulder of the road.  I thought of the migrating Monarch Butterflies we see each year. It made me smile knowing it would provide a much needed source of nutrition along the way.

Not too far into our walk Max ( hit the jackpot ) found a nice dead stinky fish to roll in…

I was looking for something quite different… Horseshoe Crabs! Have you ever seen one? I hadn’t until my first visit to the East coast. Well, get ready… I found one that was willing to ham it up just for you! Pretty aren’t they? ( not so much )

This one is covered in moss and barnacles but you can make out the horseshoe shape just fine. History tells us these sea creatures date back to almost when time began. Did you know that specific elements in the blood of horseshoe crabs are used in the field of medicine? I’m no marine biologist so be sure to click here to learn more! It’s quite fascinating! Much of the testing happens on Cape Cod where horseshoe crabs are plentiful.

Here you can see it burrowing into the sand. I’m sure I’ve walked right on top of these guy’s a thousand times without even knowing it!

Max the mudpuppy is waiting patiently for me to wrap up my photo shoot so he can go have breakfast! Yes, there are really are mudpuppies! They’re even uglier than horseshoe crabs so if you want to see one you’ll have to go here.

MAX!!! Don’t you dare shake on my sisters!!!

That’s all she wrote for today folks! It’s hotter than Hades and I’m off to find a cool spot to sit and ponder the wonders of the world.

Be sure you make time to ” stop and smell the roses “ too this summer!

You’ll be glad you did! I promise!

Until our next shoreline visit~ BEACH BLESSINGS




P.S. It’s FARMGIRL FRIDAY AT Dandelion House! come by, link up and enjoy meeting more of your farmgirl blogging sisters!

  1. Lovely post, full of my favorites: family, fun and fabulous photos! Blessings upon you!

    Thanks for reading Becky! xo Deb

  2. Dolly Sarrio says:

    I so enjoyed this…Have a great time.

    Thank you Dolly! Hope you’re staying cool!

    xo Deb

  3. Julia says:

    Thanks for the lovely morning walk! Now time for tea! 🙂

    Sounds good Julia! Iced or hot? xo Deb

  4. Raynita says:

    This was wonderful, Deb. Thanks for taking me along with you and Max on your amazing morning stroll on the beach….yep, it fed my soul:)…….Raynita

    Awe, wonderful to hear! Thanks for coming along Raynita! 🙂

    xo Deb

  5. Laura R. says:

    thanks, Deb, for that virtual tour of your heavenly spot on earth. The pix were great, and could almost feel myself in the sand and water…the horseshoe crab was awesome, however it brought up a stab of childhood fears, cuz when i was little and walking on the beaches of fire island, ny I was told to watch out for them, because they could stab up through your foot with their spiky tail, is that true?
    Anyway there are no beaches in my life at the moment, so I appreciate the visit. And I too have 2 teenagers, both with permits, and the older with a "serious" job that I have to help him get to, and know all about the need for juggling and flexibility 🙂 it’s been a pleasure!

    Dear Laura, Oh my goodness that’s a shame someone told you such horror as a child! I guess you could get a sufficiant poke of you hit the tail just right coming down with your foot but in my 25 years walking that beach it’s clam shells ( dropped by the seagulls )  we watch out for. They  can give a cut deep enough for stitches…We all have to juggle one way or another don’t we?:)  Thanks for the visit! xo Deb

  6. Pam deMarrais says:

    Hey Deb! Loved the little walk on the beach, as well as the science info. We raise Monarch butterflies [well, my hubby does..] on native and tropical milkweed here in TN. It’s fascinating to watch the metamorphosis and then the hatch. It would be a great home school project for you!
    As always, thanks for sharing from your heart and from your home.

    Hey Pam! I was hoping you would get to walk the beach with Max and me. It must be amazing to raise Monarchs. How does that work? Do you release them after they hatch? We did a butterfly study when the kids were younger and visitied a butterfly farm which was just facinating! Thanks so much for the visit Pam and Happy Summer!  xo Deb

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