Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Ritual to you too.


Today is Halloween, not one of my favorite holidays, but Halloween does start our end of the year holiday parade. And if nothing else, I like seeing Halloween show up on the calendar because I know the other holidays near and dear to me are on the way. Holidays could also be spelled rituals.

A rite is "any customary observance or practice". Whereas a ritual is "an established procedure, religious our otherwise", meaning that it is repeated with regular occurrence.

You know, like a holiday!

I believe we create and sustain rituals to remember the past and guarantee the future. Rituals and holidays allow us to bring up the past for review and enjoyment. And usually, the memories are sweet or at the very least, comical!

And that is what builds families, the commitment to be a part of something larger than just yourself.


It isn't always easy to make the journey to attend. Sheesh, it isn't always easy to be the tribe host, either. But once the ritual has passed for another year and you look back, it really wasn't difficult. All it really was, was commitment.

Families do change. People marry and move away. Job transfers happen. Babies are added, and older family members are suddenly no longer there. So whenever possible, make the journey, it will always be a great view when looking back!


So, Happy HallowThankfulChristNewYear Everyone! May your journey be safe and full of wonderful views on the look back.

It's a new week, I hope to see you again.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Is this a debate or are you arguing with me?

Deciding to "write" is a blessing and a curse. Having to write in order to meet a deadline is upon first inspection a curse. But if you break it down, having a deadline (even one self-imposed) means you must get the task completed. This gives the opportunity to think and if needed rethink, then edit and finish.

Which makes this an opportunity to learn about yourself. In the quiet of your own working space without debate or having to defend your thoughts. Some folks love a good debate, I am not one of them. I hated it in school and for some reason never took to it in later years. I equate it with arguing and yet I know that arguing and debate are not the same activity. They only seem like it.......
Ironically we think we know ourselves when we reach our mid-thirties, but all we really know is our habits and preferences, which is very different from our true self. It has taken me a long time to learn that learning about our true self, takes a lifetime. And I suppose it should. Because we are not the same person in the morning that went to bed the night before. Each new day offers the opportunity to be the best new you, that you can be.

We wake up privileged with all the knowledge from the day before. Whether we put it to use or not is a very different issue, we still wake up privileged. Unfortunately, the word privileged has become tainted in recent years by being attached to the idea of one having money. But below you will see the definition I found to support that we all are privileged.

priv·i·leged
ˈpriv(ə)lijd/

adjective
  • having special rights, advantages, or immunities.
  • having the rare opportunity to do something that brings particular pleasure.
I do not see the mention of money in the above definition. So it seems safe to say anyone waking up after a day of living and learning, is, in fact privileged.


Knowing yourself is one of life's greatest riches and one that you will take comfort in for the rest of your days. And unfortunately, I must also be the spokesperson for some additional bad news. The rest of your days are limited. Yep, we all are going to die. I would take that last sentence back, but then I would be a liar, and I don't think that it would be a good idea to become a writer and a liar on the same day.....


Which brings us to the issue at hand.

What is it that you want to do? And, what are you waiting for?

Now remember you will be different tomorrow. But you will not wake up ready.

I don't know if there really is a state of ready, where one embraces the opportunity and succeeds from that point on.

But I do think there is a state of willing, where one starts right in and continues to work hard toward success.

And I think that is a great tool to have in your tool chest.

It's a new week, I hope to see you again!

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Our backyard is changing....

I want to write.

Yes, write.

About stuff.

If I remember correctly this is how blogging began, people were keeping weblogs of written information, hopes, and dreams. I don't know if I am any good at writing, I know I will need to learn as I go, in order to have anything that anyone might be interested in reading. But isn't that what is best about the internet, you will find the good, the bad and the getting-better?
I hope to be in  the later category soon!
You can easily walk around Seattle to see the sights.
Seattle Washington
We are getting closer to having more time for travel and our final hurdle besides winter, is the magical age of 62 for me. We have prepared for the last few years and we have all we need to enjoy a bit of travel. First on our list is Washington state. From there I am not sure, but Santa Fe sounds good as well. I was fortunate enough to be in Santa Fe many years ago. It was quiet and serene and beautiful. I know it has become a mecca for many folks, but I am hoping the heart of Santa Fe is the same, as all those years ago.

One reason it was easy for us to prepare for retirement is that we enjoy the simple things in life. Hiking, reading, photography, meeting new people. We took care to purchase the things we wanted before retirement in order to live comfortable, on less money. And it is a fact, early retirement is always less money. But we have less time on this back hill slide and I would rather do less, and have more time to do with it what I want.

See Astoria on foot, a very easy city to walk around in.
Astoria Oregon

We are all set to get through winter also, with rain gear and each other. If you don't like your partner, life is not as joyful of a journey. I was fortunate to meet my husband when I did. We have similar ideas, and we work well together as a team. We each are prepared to share what is available and be happy with what we have. Which does not mean we always agree, but we do respect the others opinions.

There is not separate man's work or woman's work in our home. Actually, I am surprised at how much of the household my husband takes care of. I will take back some of the household chores when my working years are over, but for now, he feels that he needs to help as much as he can. And honestly, who am I to fight with logic like that? I have struck a deal regarding the laundry, I will do the laundry and he will do all of the electrical repairs.......

It was hard for my husband to retire without me, but with three years difference in our ages, we could not retire at the same time. He was ready after years of schlepping freight and I was not ready financially. Now with just a few months left for me, I am the one having some difficulties. Mainly because I have always worked. I began working full time at age 15, so 47 years later, it is hard to not do, what I have always done.

Honoring veterans in Olympia Washington.
Olympie Washington
To help ease into retirement we are volunteering at different places in our community. Right now our list includes the library and a no-kill animal shelter. My husband has already started and I will join in when I am done in March. We have also tried kayaking. I love the idea of kayaking, but I was a complete failure! Those little boats are like a drunken sailor, tipping and bobbing on the water! So for now just one kayak, for my husband. At this point, I honestly cannot say that I will become more comfortable on the water.....but one can hope.


I have been ill with a horrible virus/influenza for the past 4 days. Which has given me much time to think about things, and summon the courage to express what I want to do. And as this post started out, I want to write. I love the creative process that writing offers and when I return to edit, I learn more about myself in the process.

It's a new week, I hope to see you again!

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Worm Factory

When we got settled and I thought about things a bit*, I realized that the answer to composting that would benefit our garden was a Worm Factory.

worms for composting, indoor composting
Our Worm Factory

I had a worm box in Vancouver. At the time I did not have the time needed to learn about worm farming, fortunately, this time around I have a generous husband who took on the tasks of the Worm Factory right from the start.

We started with 1/2 pound of worms. As they increase not only will we need to add more food, but another layer of the factory as well. It looks small now, but within months this will be a multi-story factory. Once all the layers have been added and they have outgrown the factory that is the time to clean out the oldest layer, using the castings for your garden and to make a "worm tea".

Once you have cleaned out that layer, you make a fresh bed to begin adding food scraps for the cycle to start again. Once the worm factory is up and running full speed, you can expect to capture one layer's worth of casting each month.

While you can place large pieces of food and scraps in the box, it is easiest for the worms if you chop them up a bit, so we took an old cutting board and knife out to the work bench.

We will never run out of food for the worms, not living in such a natural setting. There is a fresh supply of "green" foods (our vegetable scraps, weeds pulled from the garden, grass clippings etc) plus the "brown" foods are readily available (shredded paper, dried leaves, cardboard) and the bedding material crushed egg shells, coffee grounds are available daily!

We should have a couple of layers ready by spring.

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* Due to our black bear population outdoor compost bins as well as keeping your garbage can outside is strongly prohibited.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Our Bird Garden

We shared the north yard with you here, which is where we spend most of our time, when outdoors. Now I would like to show you our south yard. This is our wonderful bird garden. We are in full rain as I try to take photos, so this one shot was taken from inside the house.....

Safe haven for safe and healthy birds.
Our bird garden, lots of houses, food sources and water.

Hundreds of birds come daily to feed, play and make a nest. You can see a Blue Jay on top of a piece of driftwood in the center of the photo. We have food and water stations just about everywhere in this yard.

The bonus of this yard is that the entire show is available to be enjoyed from our sitting room.

How about your yard, do you attract the birds?

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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Old and new from far and wide, October 2016

Hello, we hope your week is going great on this first day in October. Take a look at what friends and other blogger are up to currently or have done in the past. So much information from older posts on just about every blog, today I am sharing these.....

Photo courtesy of One Good Thing.

I love this round up of uses for Pickle juice. I can tell you that we don't pour ours down the drain....

Photo courtesy of Maple Hill Farm.

Thrifty plant markers for your garden.


Photo courtesy of an Unknown Source.

I have not tried this formula. But from the many different suggestions I have found on the internet and have been told by friends, it is certainly worth a try....

Photo courtesy of Thrifty Fun.

If you grew garlic in your garden, this article will show you how to braid it for long term storage. 


And I will leave you with this thought to ponder.....


This final October 2016 version concludes a year-long series in celebration of other bloggers. I hope you have enjoyed this series as much as I have, in presenting the wonderful ideas and recipes.  

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