meme-tag: Seven Random Things
Four random ducks: My ducks are one of the seven random things I'm posting about today. That's Run in the front. It looks as though he's going the be the only boy. (Look how much bigger than the others he is.) Behind him are, from front to back, Cover, Hide, and Duck.
I'M SUPPOSED TO BE WRITING ABOUT FARMING for pollinators today, but my friend Jodi at Bloomingwriter issued an invitation to seven of her reader-bloggers to pick up a meme-tag in which you write brief comments about seven random things. Today is a beautiful summer day, it's a holiday weekend, this sounds like fun, and she has only one slot left, so here goes:
Random thing number one: Recently I heard about a biofeedback machine that teaches people with high blood pressure how to use a deep-breathing technique. In one study, people with high blood pressure who used the machine were able to significantly lower their bps. Because I have high blood pressure myself, I was certainly interested. However, before I shell out US$290 for this machine, I think I'll try to get back in the habit of meditating regularly. I've drifted away from that practice in the last year or so and (gee, you think maybe there's a connection?) my blood pressure has been drifting upward. If you don't want to meditate, deep breathing alone may be all that's required. Lately, whenever I start to feel jangled (like every time I see how the weeds are taking over my garden), I stop and take a few deep breaths and take a minute to just enjoy being alive. Doesn't get rid of those weeds, but I do think it may be keeping me from weed-induced high blood pressure.
Believe it or not, the photo at left shows what the ducks looked like just 3 weeks ago.
Random thing number two: Even though the new ducks are a lot of work, my garden is loving them. This morning I was up at 6 am to empty out the wading pool I gave them as a present about a week ago. It took them about a week to get the water to the point where it was starting to smell like a fine manure tea. Ten trips later, all my vegetable and flower beds had been watered with this stuff. Any other duck muck also gets dumped into the garden, and the alfalfa straw I'm using for bedding is The Best Mulch Ever.
Random thing number three: Duck food attracts a lot of freeloaders.
Photo left: That's the BWD in my neighbor's field, having successfully vanquished the Thunder Dog.
Random thing number four: My big white dog Molly, a Great Pyrenees, is afraid of nothing ... except for The Thunder Dog, her mortal enemy. At least, we've decided that Molly must think that thunder is the woofing of a giant dog, because it's the only thing that upsets her. The other night we foolishly left Molly outside when a thunderstorm was on its way, and she must have decided to take a stand against her nemesis. Unfortunately, she decided to take that stand in the middle of my favorite flower bed. A quarter of it is now trampled. I cut the broken stems away, and I think the plants will probably survive. But they likely won't bloom again this year.
Random thing number five: It's hard to think of random things. If it seems as though all my random thoughts turn toward animals and gardening, that's probably because they're such a big part of my life.
Random thing number six: Food is another big part of my life. My Live-In-Love has been doing most of the cooking lately, for which I am very grateful. Here's his trick for cooking the greens we've been getting from our Community Supported Agriculture program: He simmers them in dry vermouth.
Staying connected: Though we live out in the country, the two satellite dishes keep us connected to the planet. The big one is for television, the little one for Internet.
Random thing number seven: The only thing that pops into my mind is how grateful I feel to be able to live the way I do. We live in an exceptional time, when it's possible to be connected to the entire planet via the Internet and yet enjoy the many joys of country life (not the least of which getting to lug around all those buckets of duck manure tea). A trampled flower bed and a few (ok, an explosion of) weeds are nothing in the greater scheme of things. Truly, there's every reason to take a big, deep breath and think about how good it is to be alive.
If you have a blog, please carry this meme forward by posting your own "seven random things." Be sure to leave me a comment with a link to your post!