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I spent five wonderful hours outside in my own backyard this morning. Dug more garden bed area, finished churning in the rest of the winter compost, covered much of the area that will be vegetable beds soon with watered-in cardboard. I dunno, I think it will make the earth warm and later I can rip the cardboard around the base of plants to help hold down the weeds. Seemed like a good idea. Can’t hurt.

I have a green thumb though not the kind green thumb where one grows and reaps exactly what one plans to grow and reap. I’m just pretty good at making a place where plants like to grow. I welcome them the best I can and try to keep them from choking each other. I plant what I want and then I sort of take on the role of Sherpa. I’ll bring stuff (water, fertilizer) to the plants and try to get the crowdy guys out of the way and we will see who makes it through the season in fine fettle - and who just makes it through the season with a good story. I’m open to both.

So anyway, five hours outside (yes, with sunscreen and a hat) washes the mind of strong feelings and precise words. 

So today I am going to post some of Len’s osprey photos from this past week.

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What a glorious day! I, too, spent it in the garden: transplanting here and there, weeding, just enjoying the weather. Love the Osprey photos. Where are they?

Where are they? Any where near your home?

Tuff weekend, lost a young ( to me ) minister friend at the end of the week... Bad sleep patterns didn't help but a day in the sun puttering around and doing some cleanup on the back patio feels good... And a singing 3yr old Great niece singing " you are my sunshine" to make Uncle's Franc & Michael not feel soo bad about losing Tim. ( !!!PRICELESS!!! )
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I'm so sorry for the loss of a friend. Glad for the sweet comfort of a little kid.

It feels so good to be outside and be with nature. The osprey pictures are awesome We put 2 bird feeders out this afternoon. One for the yellow finches. A sure cake in the tree. One for the “Other birds”. We’ve seen a pair of cardinals
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The ospreys are not too close, not too far from here. I'll send you an email, Kathryn, to tell you where exactly. Anyone else who is a birder and we know you, I will tell you for sure! Just ask! Len's been careful to not say exactly where they are because apparently there are creeps who like to bother and sometimes shoot them.
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Also, I know where you live Sedgwick, so I didn't think I needed to tell you precisely where they are since I think your won't drive 1000 miles to see them!!

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The Badlands

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Wade in the Waters

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This is a small announcement that could be a lot of fun for some of you.

For the past two years Len has been a volunteer Wisconsin stream monitor. Once per summer month Len and another guy (with whom he has become friends) check water quality and stream-bed life at a few local sites. Before they started, they received clear but uncomplicated training in order to understand what is being looked for and how the testing equipment works. And they received hip waders!

Who's in the Mirror? Representation Matters

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