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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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Susan's Birthday Questions 10/19/2020

(One decorates for October birthdays with orange trees.) 

Last week was my birthday. My niece Susan sometimes sends me birthday greetings where she asks excellent questions. She doesn’t know I still have the card she sent six years ago; I meant to answer her questions in the blog I had then, but I never got around to it.

Stereotypes Day

Today is October 12th - Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Not Columbus Day, okay?

I was in the process of giving birth to one of our kids and it was getting on towards midnight. The midwife wondered whether our baby would be born on the day we were in or whether it would be a few more minutes and then the child would have the next day as their birthday.

10/11/2020 This Crazy Advent We're In Now

This painting is by Andrea Kowch  http://andreakowch.com/

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Regarding Time: It’s been about a million months since the quarantine started. It will be an at least one epoch if not two, until a vaccine is available to quell it. Election Day is here now (I’ve already voted, have you?) yet it feels as if it will never be done and gone. Even when Nov 3 arrives we could be in for more epochs of anxious and angry waiting as ballots are tallied, argued over, recounted, all while lawyers and politicians fight and scrap.

Quarantine Diary #204 10/4/2020 3 Short Takes

Three things to say today and none are about our goatish, swag-bellied, canket-blossomed president. How to create a Shakespearean insult. 

1. I just read this WONDERFUL and REMARKABLE book! The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

Quarantine Diary #200 The Debate

Regarding that Debate. 

I’ve been at a zoo when a cranky monkey starts throwing poop. That remembrance came to me last night. Watching Uncle Joe try to answer questions while Trump trash talked everybody and everything except white supremacists – that was damn ugly.

Quarantine Diary #198 Who we still are ...

I’ve been trying and trying to write but it hasn’t happened so this morning I looked at some of my old stuff and found this from ten days after 9/11. Made me remember who we are.

I think the miserable karma of Trump is happening. I hope we will be okay. I’m not sure how talk about the harm he has done and is doing now. 

But we … we are still who we are.

The flowers in the photo were a surprise gift, just yesterday, from a friend.

I have edited it a bit. 

September 21, 2001 Lost in Racine - An Aftermath of Civility

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