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.
*Heart* 2. A day in the life... give us the low-down on how you spend a typical day.
Because I don’t work a regular job outside of my home I fluctuate with my time. For instance yesterday: Up at 5 a.m., put out the dogs, filled the corn stove hopper, fed dogs half of breakfast, went back to bed until 8 a.m., fed cats and birds, read Bible reading plan, made the bed, removed corn stove clinker, started wood pellets in wood furnace because of outside cold, started a load of laundry, ate breakfast, fed dogs other half of breakfast, online to bank to pay bills, read email, WDC, posted to blogs one to 30 day. One to Take UP Your Cross, put dogs back out, changed laundry from washer to dryer, started another load in washer, fed lunch to birds, cats, dogs, cooked lunch for K and I, took dogs out for a short walk. Filled outside bird feeders, filled dish washer, folded clothes from dryer, put 2nd load from dryer to washer, cleaned cat boxes (there are 5 and are cleaned daily), several times during this list I filled pellets into wood furnace, It was 3 p.m. by the time this was done so I took my kindle and read for about two hours. Then I had a light snack for evening meal. At, 7 K filled the hopper with corn on the corn stove, I took out the clinker and we retired to our bedrooms for the night. I played township before I went to sleep. Showering and dressing also take up time.
Today no laundry. Just reading, feeding animals, cleaning cat boxes is steady, I take time sometimes to run the red dot for the cats. Talk to the parrots or do special cleaning in their cages daily. It is really windy and snowy today so I’m not looking forward to going out with the dogs. I will probably play fetch down the hall and run them through their training course sometime. Feeding pellets into the wood furnace is not strenuous work but hourly if I forget it will go out. I should do some exercises. I can get exercise plans from silver sneakers and I use them plus there is an exercise bike and I do yoga exercises regularly on impulse. Other things that might come up in a day is taking out the trash, vacuuming a room or two. It is time to do the taxes and I am putting them on computer so I will take a day for that this month. I am almost ready now to do them. One day this month I will do all the bill paying for the month and another day I will do grocery shopping. Blogging on WDC can take two to four hours. In good weather I get more done in a day because I stay up at 5. Now, I go back to bed to doze or read, or play township.
K and I are not getting along at all right now. Cabin fever I think. He never stayed home much before he retired. Then he got a part time job until march when every thing shut down. Now, he has trouble finding things to keep him busy. I can always find something to keep me busy. It irritates him I think. You can imagine, I'm high energy--he is low energy. In the winter the house is closed up. It makes a difference. The house is large so some parts are warm other parts not so warm.
He was always extremely attached to his family. Now both of his parents are gone and he does not spend much time with his sisters. I think that being separated from his siblings may make him lonely. I’m not a substitute for that attachment. He likes Facebook that helps him stay in touch with friends and family. . Retirement can be a real obstacle to over come if you aren’t ready for it. Who is? Covid does not help.
*Heart* 3. What are you excited about in the coming month?
I’m hoping for a break in this weather. A day of sunshine, no wind, and melting snow would make me excited. Plus, I’m taking the dog to the vet for a check up. Once that is done I can apply for a lifetime license and he will be set for awhile.
Quote:Groundhog found fog. New snows and blue toes. Fine and dandy for Valentine candy. Snow spittin'; if you're not mitten-smitten, you'll be frostbitten! By jing-y feels spring-y.”
― The Old Farmer's Almanac https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/february
*Heart* 1. What do you want to do this month? Write your goals for the month, and think about what you need to do to accomplish them.
I’m on a new Bible reading plan that will help me reread the entire old and new testament in one year. I hope to keep up with the plan for this month. Also, want to be sure to take new dog to his veterinarian appointment and keep up with his training. Then, just get through every day with as much grace as possible.
I’d like to see less snow and cold but that isn’t in my hands at the moment.
I have 3 library books out that should be read in the next 14 days and one new book from Amazon that I would like to read this month.
Maybe I will take a new class if I can find one that meets my curiosity and budget? I'm knitting a sweater, if I get audio books from the library I can knit and read at the same time. February isn't a month for great new ideas. This year just too cold and blustery for exuberance.
|Do you practice mindfulness or meditation? How often? On an average day, how often are you intentionally aware of your mental state and emotions?
Prompts for the war chest?
1. How do you think mindfulness will affect the general public, if it is practiced regularly?
I read a comment one time, when I was in some website or another (sorry no reference), that mindfulness will help redeem this country if it is regularly taught and practiced. It definitely is an aide to keeping your mind focused. The trick for me is to remember to use it. I do practice it. I meditate on the words of Christ.
To me, meditation and mindfulness can fulfill two slightly different realities. Meditation about some specific thing is helpful to understand life situations and actual advice.
Mindfulness helps clear the mind of the rolling films of words that strike through the mind at any given moment. Mindfulness can be a few seconds or a lot longer. Mindfulness keeps us mentally focused on the present. A strong focus on minute to minute living can bring solutions to the surface of the mind. It can help the realization, that daily living can be accomplished over and above problems.
Daily I am aware of everything going on around me. And, I have a lot regularly going on . I can and do stop for a few seconds to readjust my actions or thinking especially if I become stressed out about what is going on inside my home.
2. Do you have a social account outside of WDC? It you do, Does your social activity on your other account help fulfill social needs? How well do you get along with the technology involved with social media accounts. What do you think about 5G in comparison with what other WiFi has been around for the last few years?
3. Everyone talks about the weather. Do you like cold or heat? Do you participate in sports related to either one?
What’s one thing you wanted to do in 2020 that you couldn’t do or didn’t get to do? Will you make it happen in 2021?
For the last couple years I have been wanting to add another dog to my animal pack. On December 24 we began negotiations to rehome a dog who was in desperate need of a permanent home. We is my daughter and I. Early on the 26th of December I picked up our new member of the pack. It is a neutered male. He is very well mannered. All of our other animals were welcoming. The cats have found a new buddy as well and my older dog is happy to have a dog friend.
We have started formal obedience training, although he is already well housebroken. It is something fun to do during these cold days. I was taking both dogs out for long walks until the snow started up this week. so, this week we are working on wait, down, sit, and stand. And, taking lots of naps while I read. Once a day I throw toys for a game of fetch down the length of the hall.
I miss having to go to the barn to clean stalls and feed horses even in this bad weather. I'm going to have to start a new exercise workout with silver sneakers on my phone. Dark clouds, cold, and snow storms always make me want to hibernate. New exercise projects might keep me alert until spring.
The snow isn't very deep. Only about 6 inches but too deep for my older dog who is only about 12 inches tall at the shoulder. Neither the dogs or I am very happy with the cold. It is down into the 20's at night and raises into the 30's during the day. My new dog friend is a whippet mix and has very short hair. He isn't fond of the cold weather either.
If the snow doesn't go away soon I think I will start taking them to the horse barn for outside walks. The inside of the barn has a lot of machinery parked in the walk trot area but, still enough room to walk dogs. It isn't to far to carry the older dog and he always likes to visit the barn. He used to go out to the barn morning and night for the chores.
K and I spent yesterday with the TV on all day watching the inauguration. I hope their efforts to encourage the country take hold.
Sending to everyone. Keep warm.
Write about dreaming. Do they ever mean anything, or are they all meaningless? Why are they sometimes scary, emotional, silly, or prophetic? Have you had a memorable dream recently?
I read a book about dream interpretation once. The book was quite insightful and reality based, however, I still don’t do dream interpretation.
As a child I often had nightmares. Serious nightmares that frightened me to extremes. I remember the fear not the dreams.
The night before the capitol riots on January 6, 2021, in a dream, I saw hoards of people running helter skelter in the dark on the streets and lawns of an unknown place. It was puzzling, but not particularly scary. The picture in my dream, was on the TV screen, hours later, after the police and home guard started to clear the capitol building. K was startled when I spoke up and said, “I saw that in a dream last night.”
It was prophetic but, not identifiable, until the facts evolved a day later.
Basically, my belief is that dreams can be all of the things mentioned in the prompt. Some people like to believe that human biological traits don’t extend into mental realms as well as physical realms.
My dad used to tell about having a dream about an attack on the USA by masses of oriental people. I’ve tried to find out when he might have had that dream? He has passed on now. So, I probably won’t ever know. I personally think he may have had it just before the attack on Pearl Harbor. And, I wonder if it was brought about by the thought processes of groups of Japanese people at that time.
I also read in a science paper about experiments being done about people picking up thought processes from people in other countries. In the experiment, some psychic person in the USA was able to throw a thought to another person in India. I can’t quote the source now, I think I mentioned this in a blog a couple years ago.
Dreams are not so problematic if you look at it in a science based scenario
If you could have an all-expenses paid trip to see any famous sight-seeing destination (monument, building, national park, etc), where would you choose to go?
There are lots of places I would enjoy seeing. San Antonio zoo, The cross country train ride in Canada. A tour of the highway that travels the great lakes. The Oxford Library in England is another place.
Some of these places I became interested in, because of online travels with the 30-Day Challenge in August's past. Some times I think touring the Western Coast of the USA might be interesting. Any national park would be a good time.
Then of course this time of year any place with sunshine is a thought.
One day of sunshine earlier this week.
Just found the World Hum Map online this morning. The Guardian did an article on it. Glad to know the sounds I hear are heard by other people.
Covid 19 stay at home makes travel sound fun??
|What songs hit you with a wave of nostalgia every time you hear them?
Nostalgia? A wistful thought or association with a happy part of your past?
Short Hiya! I been gone at home. Acquired a new dog at Christmas. He needed to be re-homed I needed another dog. So far everything going well. Two weeks of getting to know him and him getting to know all of us. The weather has been great so walks everyday with two dogs. Snow melting off more each day which gave us a chance to extend our walks each day into the back field.
As for the prompt. I never liked The Wizard of Oz. I didn't like the scary parts. Saw it at a young age and the tin man without a heart did not impress me. However, I really liked the song, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and I sang it every where I was playing on the farm.
Today I smile when I hear my granddaughters singing music from Frozen. It reminds me somewhat of me.
Now I have to catch up on other peoples prompts. Hope your New Year is going well.
The perfect breakfast meat.
Write anything about bacon!
Bacon is great anytime. Bacon lettuce and tomato sandwiches with soup on a cold day. I wasn’t surprised when fast food places started selling sandwiches with bacon added. Don’t forget bacon bits on salad.
Facts: Bacon dates back to 1500 BCE.
The word bacon refers to the back of a pig.
Two billion lbs. of bacon are produced in a year.
Now everyone will go out and buy bacon this week. Happy Eating and Happy New Year
The best part about this time of year is soon the days will start to lengthen and the sun will burn away the clouds more often.
I long to see the sun again.
Shining Bright and Clear.
Spring will show us everything,
is still alive and near.
A little cheer goes a long way.
Two Quotes From: https://www.azquotes.com/quotes/topics/maple.html
Maples are such sociable trees...They're always rustling and whispering to you. By Lucy Maud Montgomery
"I always feel at home where the sugar maple grows.... glorious in autumn, a fountain of coolness in summer, sugar in its veins, gold in its foliage, warmth in its fibers, and health in it the year round" By John Burroughs
17. Maple Syrup Day
Did you know that this sweet and unique flavor originated in America?
Native American Indians were the first to harvest and boil the sap of the maple tree into a thick syrup.
Talk about, well, maple syrup, of course.
We have Maple Trees. They are beautiful in the fall. The flat, green leaves have 3 points. I look for them to sprout in the spring. The sound of them blowing in a breeze is comforting. If there is a heavy rainstorm headed our way the leaves turn upside down.
We tapped trees once. It takes 20 to 60 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup. It depends on the sugar content of the sap. This is one of the reasons it can be so expensive to buy. The sap has to be boiled down to eliminate liquid, leaving only the heavy sweet syrup. People who tap trees have to be careful not to put in to many taps. The sap is the life essence of the tree. Too many taps can kill the tree.
We did not have a good enough set up to make a lot of syrup. It takes a long time to boil the sap at the proper temperature. We were using propane in the house. The house was filled with sap steam and the over powering maple sweet smell of boiling sap.
Many years ago my uncle owned the adjacent farm. There was a maple syrup house in the woods, where there were a lot of Maple trees. The family boiled large caldrons of sap using wood fires. The sweet smelling steam would rise from the open windows of the sap house.
As kids we went out to play around the operation sight. It was a lot of fun. The men were using a two man manual saw to cut logs for the boiler. One day they thought it fun to give my cousin and I a job cutting a piece of log. Two girls managed one cut. I wonder how old I was that year? Young grade school then.
I use maple syrup to make my favorite granola recipe. This is the wrong time of year for Maple Syrup Day. The trees are silent. Taking a winters nap until spring. Only the roots deep under ground may be working to make the sugar sap that rises in spring to feed the tree for another year?