Ollie work hard

Ollie work hard.

Ollie help in garden.

Ollie win. Wheelbarrow lose.

Ollie cutie boy!



















Not-so-naughty Knots

According to My Brother the Sailor, the U.S. Navy does not have such a great reliance on the art of knot tying as they once did. My question is, how can they truly be called sailors?  The several features of sailors, as everyone knows, are:

1) Knot tying

2) Swearing

3) Drinking and carousing in ports o’ call

Now they are down to only 2 out of 3. But what is next?  The next thing you know, they will be speaking as wholesomely as any kindergarten teacher. Ok, as any kindergarten teacher who happens to be IN the classroom at the time, not railing into his or her Guiness at night about the misdeeds of the little Holy Terrors that populate his or her grade.  Ok, maybe only Western teachers in Korean kindergartens did that.



Want to learn to tie some knots?  Just click here and you will have one up on those lazy U.S. Navy sailors.

(This link is also thanks to my computer engineering, ditch-digging, alternative energy sources knowing about uncle who also helped me string the clotheslines on my laundry posts)

Use of Extra Caution is Recommended…

…when coming to my house. Because after 11 years of conjugal, conubial, wedded, domestic and yes, even marital, bliss, I have finally bought a knife sharpener. How is it possible, you ask, that such a state of ease and delight could be without the ownership of a knife sharpener? That is, indeed, a good question and I would posit that it was made possible only by the fact that, hitherunto, I have not known the extreme degrees of the aforementioned state of ecstasy possible with a good knife sharpener. Now, not only the knifes but the scissors in my household exist in a state of extreme sharpetude and Ifeel comfortable saying that, like in the commercial, they too could probably cut a steel can and then easily slice a tomato.  This is indeed joy and I highly recommend it. There is nothing like having a set of sharp knives.

Simple Gifts

‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free,

‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,

‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gain’d,

To bow and to bend we shan’t be asham’d,
To turn, turn will be our delight,

Till by turning, turning we come round right.

I had a bit of an epiphany one day last week while driving in the car and listening to an arrangement of this. As it was, it didn’t last long (I WAS driving after all, which is enough to destroy the simple pleasures of even the most devout Shaker).

According to Wikipedia this was written as a ‘dance song’ or ‘quick dance’ for the Shaker community.  They often used group dance as a form of worship during their service. (While I admire the Shaker community, what they stood for, their resourcefulness and their style of building, I do have to say that not allowing people to marry and have children was a pretty good way to consign their group to a death sentence.)  If you are ever in Kentucky, I recommend a trip to Shaker Village to get the flavor of their life.

I was trying to think what I consider as simple gifts. Family, friendship, my garden (any garden), my pets. Reading (tactile reading, not virtual words). Playing the piano and singing. Birds at the bird feeder.  Trees. Everything that makes life in a modern world slow down and be worth living.

Alternative energy

My uncle sent me the link to this article about an alternative to nuclear energy….

And this one about 3D solar cells.

We once had a discussion about how woeful I feel when I read National Geographic because they always talk about all the problems but never about any solutions or at least never in any great detail. So my uncle, who is a fabulously-intelligent computer engineer, ditch-digger extraordinaire, and all-around great uncle, has been forwarding me links to articles as he finds them about alternative energies that are in the pipeline.  It is a comfort to know that SOMETHING is being done, anyway!

Bloom Time

Here’s what’s blooming at West Central:

Coreopsis Moonbeam (my sister-in-law gave some starters to me last year. They have kind of taken off)


Heuchera. I really like these; I should get some more…( I say that about every plant)


Daylilies: I’m not a big fan of the garish colored daylilies but these are nice and creamy, alledgely are repeat bloomers and will spread freely.


And here is the new bed along the west property line with the hostas and impatiens well in place.  Yay!


Gestation Haiku

Breathing, climbing stairs

Who knew they could be so difficult?

I’ll just sit here. Thanks.

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