A Journal to impart knowledge and facts
July 22, 2015|
I'm going to start today to record on a daily basis whatever happens to strike my fancy. So, it is a very cool breezy day. I just posted 5 short book reviews to The Monthly Reading Challenge. I'm suppose to put away some winter wood today from the woodpile outside but I'm playing hookey from work to write so starting this blog will get done.
I'm having a daily fight with a flock of English Sparrows that are trying to take over my barn. They are making a terrible mess so they have to go. I have destroyed several nests so far they don't leave but they get out of the barn when I am around. I'm just starting the fight so I guess I don't know how far I have to go to discourage them.
I'm trying not to spread myself to thin on WDC because I find so many things that are interesting here and I am trying to work on a new story. I really enjoy sitting at my desk with a cup of tea and reading blogs on WDC.
|July 1st is coming right up. Have you reflected on the first half of 2023? Did things go as you hoped? Do you have goals for the second half of 2023?
No to the first question. I'm not sure I was hoping for anything special out of this year. I don't really have any goals for the year. I have some things I would like to see happen. Making them as goals isn't an option. Goals to me are things I intend to work toward and be sure to accomplish. The only real goal now is to pay the taxes for the year and keep the monthly bills paid so I can continue to live here. That is an ongoing goal for many years before this and many years to come.
I was included in a recent craft show so I spent some time this month crafting a couple dog leashes and some bookmarks. The craft show was last Saturday, and it was interesting to spend a day away from home. I met a lot of people and even though it rained we had a canopy set up, so the intermittent rain was not a problem. There was not a large turn out because of weather I suppose. The temperatures were warm, and it was in a scenic location. Maybe I will go to another sometime.
I'll think about goals. Maybe I can rouse myself to make a few. Have a good 4th of July celebration.
|Day 3765: June 12, 2023
Prompt: Use these words in your blog entry: outside, thunder, polish, spring, rude, and frequent.
Today is still spring. We are just getting over a drought. All the grass was turning brown. We had high heat temperatures and lots of sunshine. Starting in the night sometime rain moved into the area. Outside it is now pouring down steady patters of wet. The leaves on the trees are getting a good polish from the steady down pour.
Nope no thunder. The grass rudely scorched by the heat over the last month is standing up, reaching into the water which is pouring from the atmosphere. I wonder how frequent the storms will be over the summer months.
I don't want another six-week drought. And I don't want daily downpours for six weeks either. Just a nice balance between summer sun and rain would be nice.
|Day 3760: June 7, 2023
Prompt: What is your favorite summer time activity? Describe in as much detail as possible.
I don't really have just one activity that is my favorite. One thing I really look forward too is opening the windows. In the warmer weather I can leave them open all night.
I can hear the sounds of the peepers (small frogs) on the pond. Crickets are one of the first sounds to herald the summer into place.
I can hear the sounds from the beaver damn out in the woods where Canada Geese nest in the summer. I have not walked out there for several years. The pond of the damn creates marsh grass, a couple of foot high, around the edges. Canada Geese do some chatter when the area is disturbed. I always wonder if a bear or human is prowling near the dammed-up water near where they nest.
Bull Frogs croak loudly in unison, Croaking in a deep resonating tone. This sound also is from the beaver damn. It is actually a kind of disturbing sound and probably would help some muse write a thriller.
And of course, there is the wonderful fresh air replacing the stale air within the house. We have so much cloudy weather in winter. In summer sunshine flows across the floors from the windows. The dogs and cats nap in the sunshine.
We all get more exercise by walking outside. It helps us be more relaxed.
Bye, bye cabin fever, hello sunshine, the smell of green from grassy fields and leafed out trees. I can sit on one of the porches and read. The roads are dry and clear for driving.
I think missing all these small but necessary parts of summer is what sends people from the North to the southern parts of the country during the winter.
Even so, winter also has its' blessings.