The Monarch fluttered near my eye,
Circled my head and passed on by
His royal gold against blue sky

As he circled again I heard him say,
“We come to your garden to spend this day.
Peonies wide open catch wind in its play.

The winter was long with snow, rain and ice
I’d dreamed of the summer, thought  “Heat would be nice,
And even a glimpse of blue sky would suffice.”

He said, “We will always come back, don’t you know?
No matter how long and how dreary the snow.
We live for the sunshine, and there we will go.”

“Your highness”, I said, “Don’t you ever feel blue?
Are you never alone, with nothing to do?
Your children gone far, and pay you no mind?
And sometimes you feel life has left you behind?”

“My wings are like gold, and there’s honey to eat
My life is just perfect its always so sweet.
Enjoy warm winds of summer and soak up the heat,
For soon all will fade, and fall back and retreat.”

The seasons of life must turn round and around.
Like a grandfather clock, marks each hour with a sound.
When winter returns with cold winds and bad storm,
The Monarch will be where I know he’ll stay warm.


Minutes of June 16, 2012


The June meeting of the BBSRC was called to order at 2:00 p.m., June 16th in the meeting room of the Randle Timberland Library, as the Mount Adams cafe management found it inconvenient to allow our group to meet there.

NEW MEMBERS  AND/OR GUESTS:  Two guests were introduced and welcomed by the group.

AGENDA:    the agenda was read and approved


  •  It was reported that a town in Ireland, fed up with the Euro,  is using the old Irish Punt coins with great success.
  • NDAA…National Defense Authorization Act…. A New York Judge has declared it unconstitutional
  • Earth Changes: Solar flares may hit earth, causing  possible geo magnetic storm,50 percent higher than last normal solar flares.

LAW REPORT: Member gave a talk on the significance of government use of the all caps name.

MEDICINAL HERB REPORT: Member gave a talk on a local medicinal herb, Usnic acid, from lichen, its preparation and use.   Chair requests speaker to write details in our BBSRC blog.

OFF THE GRID REPORT: A member told the meeting of his experimentation with building a water wheel.

HEALTH NEWS:   Monsanto chemical company  blamed for bee collapse, buys leading bee research laboratory.  Group held a discussion on bee culture.

GARDENING PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS: Extensive discussion regarding local gardening, ways to fight slug infestation,when to plant,  many gardening tips.

NEW BUSINESS:    It was decided to have our July meeting at 225-15 Savio Road in a private home, with agenda to include a potluck.    The group will meet at 5:00,  on Thursday, July 19th, with potluck dinner to commence at 6:00, and meeting to follow.

For further details call 360 498 5613.

M/C to adjourn the meeting at 4:00

Respectfully Submitted,  RECORDING SECRETARY. .