Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Our backyard includes, The Pacific Ocean.


We were very excited to be able to see the super moon, unfortunately we had so much cloud cover, there was nothing but clouds to see! Not even a faint glow, where the moon was....


But there have been changes in our surf from the super moon and it is spectacular to see and enjoy. The surf is much more robust, with bigger waves due to the pull of the moon. This morning during a quick walk, we noticed that the smell in the air was different also.


With larger waves, there is more movement in the water. There was a smell I can only associate with decaying murk. Not totally unpleasant, but it is apparent that the ocean is cleaning house! Along the sand, was this rusted (and burned) bed spring, brought up on the high tides in the middle of the night.


Everyday is different when we walk along the beach. There is always clues to where the tide ended and of course the patterns left in the sand, when the water returned to the ocean.


While we did miss seeing the super moon, we see signs of it's force on our daily walks.

Note:  all photos taken with my camera and have not been edited.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

A path of nothingness.



I missed the Monday deadline to write and use some creativity that does not involve my kitchen. Granted it is a goal I sat for myself, but Monday is gone, much like the Super Moon. The next few months will be a transition, going from full time work to retirement. I am having some challenges.

I can already see that being off the clock can lead to nothingness, if one is not careful. Which means, I must be careful. There is much to get done  enjoy, in this life of mine. So many things I have not done, because I had to go to work the next day. So many things I put off, until I did not have to go to work the next day.

I will tell you right now, it is a difficult task transitioning from job ready to self ready. Job ready was easy, you were expected to arrive at a specific time, work hard to accomplish a specific standard or production quotient, then go home. The details of your fatigue and what might be possible for self later that day was not the concern of any supervisor or manager.

Where as self ready means you are not only the supervisor, but also the employee. You must organize what needs to be done, along with all the things that you want to get done. Plus you must manage your self, you know that same self that has started on the path to nothingness. To self manage is to have a clear understanding of the important things in one's own life, and get them done.


So essentially retirement is a full time upper management job.....

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Garden update, look at those potatoes!


This hungry Doe made her way through the yard nibbling on some of the leaves that grow on the various trees. She gently nibbled in our side yard where all the bird feeders are located, in her silence she did not disturb any of the birds. We were only aware of the Doe's presence because our cat became fretful.

When we looked outside to see what we could see, that is when we spotted her.

Once she had her fill of the side yard, she moved around back to our little potato patch garden. These potatoes have been wind whipped and rain drenched. But they are not Doe food. We might get a harvest yet!


She was very interested in our little garden shed, and then wandered back into the greenway.

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Happy Election Eve to you!


Tomorrow is the Presidential election for 2016. As important as it is for all voters to have a say in how our country is managed and by whom, I will be happy that the election is over. I believe I have come to see a trend in our political structure that is disturbing as well as harmful.

That of shaming and blaming through social media sites. Social media has become not only big business, but how we communicate as a world community. Tap, tap, tap and zip an opinion has been sent to social media cyber space in less than a half second.

That bite of opinion, is quickly read by many and becomes fact if for no other reason than it is there in black and white (much like a newsprint use to be deemed valuable and important) to be read and shared time and time again.

I am as guilty of using social media as the next person. I blog on one platform and keep up with family and friends on another. During my visits to these social media sites, I see the other information and heated discussions of opinions, with this election being more heated than the last.

Social media is a formula, information is quickly released, to be seen and shared by many and if viewed repeatedly by enough viewers, becomes real. Social media is a means to gather followers (and believers) for your cause.

I am not certain this is how we should be electing a Presidential candidate, unless we are speaking the truth.

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



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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Garden Tuesday, the one about rain...

We are having a very wet autumn. Lots (and lots!) of rain, wind, and more rain. I think the rain is preventing some of the larger animals from finding enough food to eat, one visited our yard and demolished my favorite bird feeder.

My husband spotted the badly bent hook and the missing feeder (The top cap was still attached to the badly bent hook, the glass housing was gone.) from our bird watching window and went out to clean it up before I could snap a photo to document the damage. The photo above is very grainy, but the mostly red, stained glass bird feeder, is no more.

Potato plants, wind beat, but otherwise OK.
Our garden pots of potatoes weathered the wind storm of two weeks ago just fine. But the rain just might do them in! It never gets so cold here to freeze out your plants. And according to info we read, while the cooler weather will yield a crop, I am not certain it includes getting so much rain. When the tops die back and all we harvest is rotten potatoes, I will rig up an umbrella of sorts for next year.

These snapdragons are proof that the cooler weather allows growth year round, they were in a sheltered place under the awning in Vancouver, yet they almost froze out. When we brought all the garden pots to the peninsula, there was just a touch of green poking out of the soil, but here they are blooming in November! These plants are now going on three years old. Even nestled in the rhododendron bushes, these garden pots get plenty of water.

The roses are doing well, I try to pick one for our breakfast table. I have noticed that the deer prefer the open blooms. They have to be pretty hungry to eat the buds.

I am not certain if the deer come for the roses after stopping by the neighbors for the cut apple pieces left on a bench, or before enjoying their apple breakfast!

We have a few rose hips ready to ripen.

And we still have Calla Lillies popping up in the side yard! All the rain has "watered" them very well, providing lots of new growth. More digging is in store to remove them from this area. The previous plants dug out of here and tossed into the swampy area of the lake, have taken off and are growing like crazy. So we made the decision to reclaim the Callas and plant them in a bed in the back yard, so we can enjoy them! Calla Lillies are another item that does not interest the deer......

The Gooseberry is growing some leaves, so I think we are fine there, I plan on getting a second Gooseberry bush to grow enough to enjoy.

I am still holding out hope for the Red Currants, only spring will tell if we will have fruit.

And finally, our volunteer tomato is blooming. I doubt with all the rain we shall see fruit, but it has been fun, just the same.

How is your garden growing?

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