I'm sure I'm not alone when I say that fall is my favorite time of the year. Don't get me wrong, I like summer (what with all the mosquitoes, oppressive humidity, and endless construction zones, what's not to love.) Sarcasm aside, fall is just my favorite, favorite time. I love football weather, I love the colors in nature, I love sweatshirts, I love homemade soups and hot chocolate with marshmallows, I love down comforters, and I love my slippers. It's just a glorious time of the year. Another reason to adore fall? Monarch butterflies. Every autumn for the past few years, our family has temporarily housed monarch caterpillars. Their housing isn't glamorous - it's usually just a plastic cup covered with saran wrap that sits on a window sill in our kitchen. Aside from a few milkweed leaves to munch on, they don't need much attention (good thing). After several days, the chubby caterpillars crawl to the top of the cup, attach themselves upside-down in a 'J' shape and before we know it, they've formed a bright green chrysalis. After several days, the chrysalis turns black and slowly the butterfly emerges. Even though I've seen this happen many times, I never get tired of the transformation...it's just amazing. They're like little David Copperfields. And what better way to welcome fall than with a magic show? Enjoy the season, all!