Butterflies in the Garden

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Things have been very busy here at Texas Air Doctors!

  • First of all, we began using a new CRM software program in February and it was my responsibility to teach the office how to use it
  • We were invited to become a preferred provider for The Home Depot and I am serving as the liaison as we begin our relationship with them
  • I’ve had to get prepared for The Home Depot training program in Las Vegas (I know, I know, its hard work but someone has to do it.)

So as you can see, I have a reason my blog is tardy.

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For this blog, I attended “Butterflies in the Garden” in Fort Worth’s Botanic Garden. I went with my friend Lisa and her sons Avery and Isaac.

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Over 10,000 butterflies were released into the Green House Conservatory for this occasion. It strains my imagination to understand how these beautiful creatures can be cultivated from egg to adulthood so that their beauty is available to dazzle our vision all at the same time. The green house is kept warm and they use fruit, such as aging watermelon, cantaloupe, and pineapples, to keep the butterflies happy and healthy.

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The butterflies at “Butterflies in the Garden” are not only from the United States, but from Central and South America also. One of the most amazing things is that they will land on your finger! It’s amazing as the just sit there and flutter.

Lisa’s son Isaac is only three-years-old and initially he ran from the butterflies as they approached him but he got better. Avery, on the other hand, was intent on studying the differences between the kinds of butterflies. He became very excited as a “Giant Swallowtail” butterfly and “Emperor” or “Blue Morpho” butterfly landed on my finger. I also got up close and personal with a “Postman” butterfly.

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I learned, with sorrow that the butterfly that I grew up knowing, the “Monarch” is in a state of decline. This beautiful orange and black icon only lays its eggs on milk weed plants and cultivation of food crops has diminished milk weed growth by over 21% since 1995. If you want to encourage the continued populace of the Monarch, experts are encouraging us to grow milk weed in our home landscapes.

Deandra

Texas Air Doctors’ Social Media Director

Want to know what’s going on in your town or have suggestions for me?

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Fort Worth Stockshow

One of the most exciting events that happens in Texas in January is the Fort Worth Stock Show!

In the mid-to late 1800s Fort Worth was the last major stop for rest and supplies. Over four million head of cattle travelled through Fort Worth at that time and it soon was known as “Cowtown.” In 1876, the railroad finally arrived to Fort Worth and it became a major shipping point for livestock. The stockyards was called Union Stockyards at this time due to the railroad. Fortunately for Fort Worth, Greenlief Simpson a wealthy Boston man came to Texas (due to lack of funds to get enough cattle) and decided to invest, Simpson, invited another investor with him, Louville Niles, whose primary business was meat packing. They bought the Union Stockyards and changed the name to Fort Worth Stockyards Company.

Quickly the men realized Fort Worth had more to offer than just a shipping business, so they added meat processing, or packing plants, to their Stockyards business plan.

The new Livestock Exchange Building, the livestock pens and the barns were started in 1902. The livestock market drew farmers and ranchers to Fort Worth from all over Texas.

The Stockyards Cowtown Coliseum was built in 1907 and was just finished in 88 working days and was home to the first indoor rodeo.

When the Stockyards fell on hard times in the 1970s, after the packing plants closed, one of the buildings was put to use as home to a popular restaurant, The Spaghetti Warehouse, but the area continued to decline. In 1976 the Fort Worth Historical Society was chartered to ensure Fort Worth’s livestock heritage would continue to be remembered and preserved in the Stockyards.

That’s enough history, now let’s get to my visit to the Fort Worth Stock Show, which was held at Will Rogers Coliseum. My y companion, Avery (my nine-year-old nephew), and I parked at Billy Bob’s Texas knowing there would be a shuttle to take us straight to the big event! It was nice to relax on the shuttle which held up to 56 people, so you never had to wait too long!

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The shuttle dropped us off right at the gate (better than the long walk!) and we entered. The outside was a carnival! Full of rides like bumper cars, a huge slide, carousel, Ferris wheel, a haunted house, petting zoo; as well, as some delicious fried goodies, which is what makes the Stock Show so great!

Avery daringly evaluated the rides to see what he would ride first, and decided on the bumper cars. We got his tickets and I watched him have fun! He was very good as he bumped other cars and maneuvered around obstacles, showing that he might have a future as a race car driver.

As I watched Avery, I was bombarded by the smell of food! Corn dogs, nachos, lemonade, cotton candy .  .  . and fried Oreos! Fried Oreos! Is there anything that can’t be made better by deep frying it? And is there any place that kind of food can be better than at the Stock Show?

We stood in line for a drink and we had to try some fried Oreos! They were delicious, just the right amount of fried and the right amount of Oreo!

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Unfortunately, we didn’t get into the rodeo, because it had already sold out, but with such a beautiful Saturday we decided to check out the food court.

Looking through all the options at the food court, from burgers to Bar-B-Que and even to Louisiana crawfish but our stomachs decided that we needed Nachos. And Boy, did they hit the spot.

After satisfying our cravings for food, it was time to burn off some of those calories by going to check out some of the expos that were going on.

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What do you want or need? They had it all! Cowboy hats, mattresses, specialty adult beverages, leather boots, it was just amazing how much there was to see! But, like most young guys, Avery was starting to get bored and was again thinking about bumper car action! So it was back to the midway for more youthful action.

Finally, after a few more rides and a lot more walking, our feet had started to ache and we headed back to the shuttle and our car.

I can’t think of a better way to help my young charge dissipate some energy on a beautiful Saturday afternoon while enjoying the tradition of a 100-year old Fort Worth event.

Deandra

Texas Air Doctors’ Social Media Director

Want to know what’s going on in your town or have suggestions for me?

Read my blog at This Is Your Town or Contact me at Deandra@TexasAirDoctors.com