Animals, Being Pagan, Creativity, Dogs, Emotions, Gardening, Life, Nature, Thinking, Writing

Feeling the Connection

Today I am trying new old things.  I have lit a stick of my Creativity incense and I am listening to music via my ear buds.  Back when I was deep into my writing craft I would start every session of writing with some incense that I loved and music.  Unfortunately my stereo has ceased to function many years ago so all my CDs have been unused unless it is in the car.  I miss that.  I miss the music as I write.  So, here I am giving it another go.

I have also started watering more of the back gardens.  I was just watering the bases of the milkweed to keep them healthy for the bees and butterflies but since I purchased a round sprinkler I can cover more area so yesterday I watered two new spots.  The milkweed and pots that had been watered the night before didn’t show any visible signs of needing water despite the heat so I did two other gardens.  I may do some watering in the front but they are to the north and don’t need as much as what I have behind the house to the south.

I also finally planted Minion’s garden yesterday.   When Minion died I took his pool and cut it so it would fir around the base of the tree but I had minimal dirt and no money to get more so I put what I had in and left it.  It’s been that way for about two or three years… three years.  Well I got a big bag of dirt the other day and I looked at it yesterday morning and then looked at the half hearted project and decided to finish it.  I had some seeds left over so I planted some food stuffs to the south and the rest is flowers.  I watered it well.  I stepped back and was pleased with myself.  Finally a long ago project done.  And it felt good to garden.  I will try to water them every morning after Chris gets up (the hose turn on point is just outside the bedroom window).

I am also working on my spirituality.  Working in the gardens has gotten me back to my Wiccan roots.  I find myself being more in tune with my surroundings.  I notice more.  I can walk through all those flowers packed with bees and once I say excuse me (or us if the dogs are with me) none of the bees or other insects bother me/us.  And those flowers are packed with insects.  No one gets stung or even dive bombed by irritated insects.  Birds will hang out in the yard while we are all out there doing whatever.  It feels good to have that connection with things again.

So that is where I am right now.  As well as some of the places I’d like to go.  Thanks for reading!  Have a great day and stay safe!

Animals, Dogs, family, Gardening, Learning, Life, Nature

New Adventures In the Garden

This is way early for me.  I have been awake for about to hours now.  I gave up laying in bed around 6am.  Even the dogs slowly trickled out of the bedroom.  It took them a few minutes to decide if they would get up with me.  I managed to get everyone to eat.  Essie did not eat at all yesterday.

Despite the heat and humidity here I did get a lot done outside.  One of my water hoses blew so I went to the store to replace it.  Not with what I wanted but I had to have something to reach the back yard (our only outdoor spigot is at the front of the house).  I also got a big and long planter box that I repotted the lone tomato plant, basil plant and a small cluster of green pepper plants all grown from seeds.  I repotted the orange pip that had sprouted to find that all of the orange pips had started to grow.  They are in a bigger pot and the dirt is Miracle Grow so hopefully that will encourage all of them to keep growing.  After I repotted them I let them sit for a little bit to get settled before I watered them.  Everyone seemed pretty happy this morning.  All the plants are green and standing upright.  I was worried because it got a little chilly overnight.  I also got two small metal fences to go around my smaller rose bushes that are out in the yard so the kids don’t run through them.

I made a discovery yesterday afternoon.  We have tadpoles in the small pond!  Over the course of the morning a nasty smelling chunky scum had come to the top of the water.  It smelled like someone forgot to flush the toilet after a few hours in the heat.  I decided to try to flush it out with the hose and replace it with clean water (the ponds never stay clean past a few days).  As I was watching the new water go in and the old water drain I saw something swimming.  Chris heard me say, “What the hell was that?!” and came to see.  It turned out there were a ton of tadpoles living in there!  Our ponds are manmade in plastic rims (this is what was here when we moved in).  We get maybe a frog every summer for atleast a month or so.  Earlier this year we had peepers.  The tadpoles look too big to be peepers but I guess we will find out.  I stopped filling the pond because it was stunning and killing the tadpoles.  So we will have to deal with the nastiness until they are grown.  I think out of all the ones I saw on the water only eight or so were actually dead.  Soooo… another new adventure!

So I did get a lot accomplished even if I did continually get overheated (damn hot flashes on top of heat and humidity… I can deal with one or the other but both make me sweat too much and feel sick).  Not sure what today will hold.  Today is Dad’s birthday.  He turns 78 years old.  We are going to try to talk later today.  Chris wants to go to the range and shoot guns for a bit plus there is some running we want to do.  Well I see that I have gone on for a bit.  Thanks for reading!  Stay safe and have a great day!

Dogs, Gardening, Life, Nature, Photography, Thinking

Making the Most of It All

This is another late one.  It seems that it doesn’t matter when I go to bed I can’t seem to get enough sleep.  Yesterday I did a lot of weed pulling.  A LOT.  Probably 6 or more great big wheelbarrows full (I am guestimating here as I hauled everything in bunches and dumped them with my arms).  I enjoyed it even if I was dripping in sweat by the time I was done.  I could see a huge difference.  And even when I said I was done I went out and would pick at it.  Oh look!  I didn’t see this patch that need to be cleaned!  That kind of thing.

I also was finally able to get some pictures of butterflies one the milkweed.  Every time I tried before the butterfly would leave.  I have the same problem with the birds.  I think they are slowly getting used to the camera so when I do pull it out it doesn’t freak them out and they leave.  I will share some of the butterfly shots on here today.

I just got my paperwork for renewing my driver’s license as well as tabs for both the motorcycle and Jeep.  I have the choice to do things online, via the mail or make an appointment to go in person.  It is weird to have them pushing do things without going in.  Normally there is next to no wait at the Secretary of State office here.  But I get it with the COVID-19 issues.  I’ve not decided which I will do yet.

Eeew… that last sip of cold coffee tasted like fish.  Blah!  Spit!  Spit!  Gah!  Big drink of water to get that taste out of my mouth!

Moose has his follow up appointment for his kidneys on the 10th of July.  It will be nice to be done with vet visits for awhile.  Which reminds me I have to get their monthly meds soon.  The 7th is the next dose.

WordPress is acting wonky (doing things like moving the cursor back to the top of the screen at random times) so I am going to wrap this up.  I hope you have a great day!  Thanks for reading!

 

Animals, Creativity, Dogs, Gardening, Life, Nature, Thinking, Writing

Rainy Day Activities

Yesterday turned to rain by the time afternoon arrived.  It’s been raining ever since.  I am glad because we need the rain.  Not necessarily this much but…  Today we will probably end up inside again.  I did get out to take some photos and I threw many toys over the course of the day but it’s not really the same as hanging out.  I do need to empty the excess water from my many jars out there.  The rain is slowly drowning the plants growing in them.

I’m not sure what I will do with myself.  I want to get some more writing done but I got up later enough that I may not have enough quiet time to do so.  And I think I may have stalled myself out again.  If I talk about my writing too much it takes away from the process.  It’s like using a pressure cooker to write.  When you keep lifting the lid to peek in to see how things are cooking you lose pressure and it won’t cook right.  Every time I talk about it I am lifting the lid.  The flip side of that is I can be held accountable because others know that I am writing and will ask about it.  It is very much a catch 22.

I finally got my current issue of Poets and Writers yesterday.  I read that until I fell asleep last night in bed.  The rain is stop and start.  I can’t seem to stop yawning.  It is such a lazy day that when I pause in my typing Moose is still asleep.  Normally he will hear the pause and look to see if that means I am finished.

Tonight I have a long meeting to cover.  So I will have to set an alarm to get up to make sure it gets finished in time.  I try to have the article written so that it is ready when they arrive at 9am.  Wednesday is when they pull the paper together to be sent out to the printers.

I will add some photos from yesterday and put the post live.  Our milkweed is growing soooo well this year!  And we have our first monarch caterpillar.  The milkweed is beginning to open so I am on the look out for the caterpillars.  They are the only ones that eat the milkweed.  It makes them taste bad to that the birds don’t eat them.  Well thanks for reading and stay safe!

Animals, Cooking/Baking, Dogs, Exercise, family, Food, Gardening, Life, Thinking, Writing

Another Beautiful Summer Day

The sun was out.  The clouds seem to have rolled back in.  And that is fine with me.  I got started on another story yesterday so after get as much as I could on paper I went and worked in the gardens.  I will probably do the same today.  I need to go get kibble for the girls and canned for Moose.  I will call the vet to see if they sell the canned food there.  I’d rather save the $20 coupon for the bag of kibble when I order it.

I kept the kids busy yesterday so everyone was ready for bed by the time the sun went down.  I have been trying to do some kind of exercise every day.  Yesterday I got Chris to try the hula hoop that I got.  I did it too to show him I wasn’t any better at it than he was.  We both had a good laugh.  I try to do about 15 minutes or so a day with it since I can do it while I watch tv at night.

The marinade I threw together for the steaks I got turned out awesome!  I made a yogurt pie as well.  A very simple recipe that I got from my Grams.  Graham cracker crust, small tub of Cool Whip and two fruit at the bottom yogurts (it has to be the fruit on the bottom stuff… and if they are tiny like the current Yoplait size get three).  Just mix up the yogurt and then mix the yogurt into the the Cool Whip.  Put it all in the crust and refrigerate until firm. Voila!

I am feeling rather restless this morning.  I will probably take atleast Moose with me to the store.  I need to get Essie another frisbee so I won’t do the curbside pick up this time.  I may splurge and get the kids some toys too.  They never last long but they make the kids happy while they do last.  I think I will wrap this up and try to get out the door and back before Chris gets up.  I hope you have a great day!  Thanks for reading and stay safe!

 

Creativity, Dogs, Emotions, family, Gardening, Learning, Life, Nature, Photography

Adding Color

Yesterday was a full day wrapped up with the weirdest weather I’ve seen.  I got the weed whip out and took care of the yard, I got a lot of house cleaning done, laundry done  and put away, as well as dishes swapped out.  The kids went to bed tired from all the playing outside.

The weather… yeah it was a weird one last night.  To the south was blue sky and white puffy clouds.  To the north it was dark like it wanted to storm.  Then it would switch places.  It was like it was slowly swirling above us.  The catch was that the skies to the south were moving from the west to the east or counter clockwise.  The skies to the north were moving from west to east or clockwise.  It was very bizarre to watch.  And a bit scary at times as the wind would pick up and whip the trees and such around.  This phenonium lasted a few hours.  I did get a lot of cool cloud photos as well.

All the plants are inside for the time being as it is supposed to get down toward freezing tonight.  Last night wasn’t much warmer.  Hopefully the weekend will hold more summer weather.  Chris is working six days a week still.  Hopefully he can enjoy Sunday.  I don’t know if he’s going to strip the project bike down or not this weekend.  I know more parts have been ordered.  It sounds like he plans to have it ready to ride this summer.  I figured maybe a year or so so pull it all together.  Nay nay!  But I am glad.  It gives him something fun to focus on.

I still have yet to download photos onto the laptop.  Which reminds me that I should download a few for this blog.  I have been clicking away but not doing anything with the results.  I started going through the Dummies Guide for the camera yesterday.  I am making myself read everything even if I already know it to make sure I don’t miss anything. There were a few doo dads on the camera I didn’t know I had let alone what they were that I would’ve missed had I not read everything.

Ok, I will pick out a few pics to share on here and go do something outside.  Thanks for reading!  Stay safe!

 

Animals, Dogs, Emotions, family, Gardening, Life, the World, Thinking

Moose’s Turn

This is a late post even though I have been up since 7am.  I covered a meeting last night so I got up early to write the article and send it out before I had to leave to take Moose to the vet.  It was very close.  I had time to change, collar the dogs and get out the door with Moose.  I am hoping I can get him before the 3:45pm they suggested.  He was so miserable when I left him in the vestibule!  He kept rushing the door trying to get to me.  It took them a bit to get him in the building.  I hid do he couldn’t see me but I needed to make sure they got him in ok.  I couldn’t just hop in the car and leave.  He’s supposed to be the first one in so he doesn’t have to spend a lot of time there yet I am picking him up much later than I did Essie.  Not happy about that.  Essie has been concerned because Moose didn’t come home with me.  Stella was pretty meh about it.  She was more concerned that I was ok.  Essie understood that I took Moose to the vet and since he is not a fan either…

Our governor has pretty much reopened the state of Michigan with certain restrictions.  I am not a fan of this as I see how flippant the tourists are as they arrive here.  They are not following the guidelines and they look at those of us who are like we are weird or stupid.  Perfect example was me at the grocery store the other day.  All the locals were wearing masks while the tourists were loud and not wearing masks.  I kept getting the eye from them because I was (I overheard a few comments).  I get frustrated with disrespect for others safety.  But I should get off my soap box.

Dad wants to FaceTime (apparently he got it working again) today.  I sent him an email telling him we could but I didn’t know when I could pick up Moose.  I don’t want to do anything til I can get him back home.  After I pick him up we will go to the bank to make my car payment.  I will probably stop at McDonald’s and get him a cheeseburger too.  He has earned it.  The girls were really good about no food or water until I got back.  Moose didn’t seem too concerned either.  He laid right behind me on the couch as I wrote my article this morning.  I don’t like the feeling of not having him here with me.  Hopefully I get a phone call soon to tell me he is ok.

I got some planting and repotting done yesterday (I bought some more plants…. sigh).  Most of them are coming along swimmingly (I always wanted to use that phrase).  I am just babbling here so I will wrap this up.  Thanks so much for reading!  Stay safe!

Animals, Creativity, Dogs, dreams, family, Gardening, Learning, Life, Nature, Photography, the World, Thinking, Writing

Considering Options

I was proud to see my state mentioned under peaceful protests this morning.  The police in Flint, MI actually joined in the peaceful protest yesterday.  Hopefully something good will come of that.  The day has dawned with full sun and bird song.  Cliché but there it is.  The kids have been rotating in and out.  Right now Stella and Moose are in with Essie out.  Stella has been out pretty much since they finished breakfast.  Once I am finished with this I will be moving the plants out.  I think (with the exception of a few plants) I will be leaving them out for now 24/7.  The nights look to be warming enough that it should be comfortable for them.

Today is the first day of June.  That is also the first day of summer for most of us in our heads.  So much will be going on from here on out.  I find myself making daily lists to keep track of everything.  Meetings to cover, vet appointments (please let this be the last for a while!), things to do around the house, places I need to check in at.  With life seemingly coming to a standstill one day looks very much like the last.  I can understand why retirees have problems keeping track of appointments and such.  I set an alarm on my phone to remind me when I have a meeting to cover otherwise I would probably just roll on with my night and forget to attend the meeting on Zoom.  Truthfully if I did not have the time and date on my electronics I would be lost.  Even calendars don’t help when you don’t have a clue.  Speaking of which I need to switch all the calendars today.

I am contemplating on upgrading this site so that I can post more photos.  I really think some of them are good and would like your opinion but the free account won’t let me add any photos even if I deleted some of what I have.  The only way will be to pay for it.  I probably won’t use most of the other “upgrades” although I should probably look them over if I do this and learn to use them.

I am still torn on whether or not to get a camera.  I have Mom’s old Cannon but it is near impossible to find film and get it developed anymore.  Atleast it is here.  And I want to try to capture things as I see them.  Not as the i-phone sees them.  And if I practice I might even be able to get paid to take my photos.  Not to toot my own horn too loudly but some of the stuff I have managed to do with the phone camera is pretty damn good.  If I can get a real camera then I am excited to see what I could accomplish.  Then there is the laptop.  I want to replace it because it is old enough that I can’t get a useable current copy of WordPerfect.  I need a newer computer for that.  And I really do need to get a word processor on my laptop.  Simple things like word counts (I count my articles by hand still) and being able to send things to editors and keep track would be a godsend.  But I need to take care of Moose and the Jeep first.  I don’t know how much the Jeep is going to cost to fix.  Hell I don’t even know what is wrong yet.  I know the problems it is having but not the causes.  So I sit on my hands some more.

I need to get things going so I can get through my to do list.  I hope you have a great day!  Stay safe and thanks for reading!

Books, Emotions, Gardening, Life, Nature, Reading, Thinking, Writing

More Flowers and Plants Make Me Happy

The sun is out and warming things up.  We had a frost warning last night but as far as I can tell we didn’t get any.  I brought all the potted plants in just incase last night.  I have two new pots with plants.  I say it like that because one is all begonias while the other is a beautiful mixture of plants.  I even have a little extra one that the guy put in there for me.  I was debating between two of the variety pots and I really liked the one pot but it didn’t have the one really pretty plant from another variety pot.  As I was looking at the begonias he dug a hole in the one pot and transplanted the plant I liked from the other pot in.  He said he had some other plants that needed to go in out back.  Sooooo I got all the plants I wanted.  One pot is hanging (more expensive even though it is just one plant) and the other has a hanging pot but no hanger (less expensive but more plants).  I am happy with both.  There was a hummingbird at the feeder while I was bringing all the plants out on the the porch.  I thought about making some pots for the front porch but it is so cold and shaded up there.  It is to the north and it doesn’t get much sun.  I may still put some shepard’s hooks out and hang something.  I could do the same for the side porch at the back door.  We’ll see.

I have been rereading Stephen King’s On Writing and enjoying it.  It helped a lot with my mood yesterday.  I will continue today alternating it with writing.  Today is also the last day of May.  Tomorrow is June.  While I am more than happy to see the month of June and summer I am also surprised at how fast the year has gone.  We are half way through it.  So much has happened.

I find myself restless to get outside into the sunshine.  I think I will wrap this one up and get out there with a fresh cup of my Twinkie flavored coffee.  Thanks for reading!  I hope you have a great day and stay safe!

Animals, Emotions, Gardening, Life, Nature

Rain Helps the Growth

My plans for cleaning up he front yard may have been put on hold.  I managed to get the backyard mowed and cleaned up with my weed whacker yesterday.  I had hoped to get the front done today.  The back is about an acre fenced in (we have five acres all together).  It rained a bit earlier this morning and right now it looks like the skies have opened up again.  I heard a bit of thunder as well.  The front yard won’t take as much time because a) it is mostly weeds and b) it have been severely dug up between everyone parking there during the building of the garage and getting plowed over the winter so we could park there.  So it will be a matter of maybe 15 minutes or so to mow.  Then I will trim around the trees and mailbox.  I am still tempted to put irises or daylilies around the mailbox post.  I have enough of them in the yard to spare.

I have to say the grass in the backyard has come back beautifully.  I’ve new seen it so green and lush.  Even that bare area has grown back with grass.  That was weeds and bare spots for literally years (maybe 10?).  It is nice to look out the sliding glass door and see all of Nature just going full force.  That is why being able to be outside is so important to me.  Being out here in the middle of nowhere lets me stay connected with Nature.  It is my happy place.  I am still surprised at the comfort of the wild animals around us.  The birds especially are willing to hang out even in the grass with the kids playing around them.  I feel very blessed.

I will need to check on my orange pip that is sprouting.  I want to make sure it doesn’t drown with all this rain.  The flip side is with all this rain the other pips should be more than read to start growing (I have a jar of lemon pips planted too).  It should help soften the hard shell of the pips.  I am so excited!  And I think we have an apple tree that survived.  It was full of blossoms so we may get apples this year!  Wheee!  I have been worried about the ground around here because our trees have been doing so poorly.  But this Spring seems to have cleaned everything up because it all looks so beautiful!  It has all come in lush and full of life.

It looks like it has stopped raining.  I’m going to pull out one of the camp chairs and go out to sit for a while.  I’ll probably end up pulling some weeds until my rib tells me enough!  Thanks for reading.  Stay safe and have a great day!