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The simple pleasures of the day (please add your own)

 
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In my normal bike ride loop into the nearby village and back I keep passing a downed tree with limbs just barely in the road.  It's not enough to be a problem for cars, but it blocks the edge of the road where I generally ride.  I kept thinking I needed to stop and pull the tree out of the way because no one else is likely to do it.  Today I finally did.  As my reward from the universe I noticed a bunch of pears lying there in the weeds at the side of the road too.  Looking up I realized there was a tall, mature wild pear tree wedged in among the other trees.  For over 20 years I've been biking right by this never knowing it was there.  I don't know of any other wild pear trees in the area either.  I like that I get to be constantly astounded at what is living right around me unseen.  Of course this also suggests I need to be more observant!  My simple pleasure today though is the discovery of wild pears available for harvest!
 
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American Beautyberries, a gopher tortoise, & a sleeping cicada. What's not to like?
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Fall weather is a favorite.  Warm and sunny with a few threats of frost, but being held away for the moment.  Taking 'Buddy' the 20+ year old gander in the 'Gator' UTV down to the river for his swim.  Pushing back from shore in the kayak on a glass-smooth river, only a distant sound of harvesting in the background.  Heading up to a stash of wild grapes along the upstream shore,......but thwarted today by the efforts of the beavers.  That stretch in the river was unimpeded not two weeks ago....  Looks like they are more industrious than moi with the fall-season projects (zoom in for the full effect! :-)  ).
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I recently rediscovered the pleasure of sitting on the sofa with a glass of chilled Bourbon in my hand and seemingly every muscle in my body cramping from putting is a long day of running 400 ft of welded fencing to make new paddocks. The next day I actually walked the fence I had put in amazed at what I had accomplished.
 
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Two days ago I was picking tomatoes and I noticed some ripe seed heads on done parsley. I took the time to pick several and walked around the area, sprinkling parsley seeds in places I thought parsley might like to germinate. It often germinates over winter in our climate. Yesterday it rained like stink, so now I'm drinking tea and thinking positive thoughts about fresh parsley in the spring!
 
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Today I had the pleasure of teaching myself a bit of very basic stone cutting skills as I finally got down to shaping some salvaged slate slabs into the top counter of my RMH.  I'll be going into my 4th heating season with the RMH this year and finally decided I was satisfied enough with the design of it to do the finish work to hopefully transform it from butt ugly to something better.  It's rather empowering to be able to cut stone!
 
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We have a big windstorm pushing through the area today, so I was in the field making sure things were stable as the wind strength climbed. However, I wasn't in that much of a rush that I couldn't stop and admire the maple keys spinning about as the wind sent them on their journey from tree to ground. Such a simple, but beautiful pattern they made dancing against the grey sky.
 
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John F Dean wrote:Due to the heat and humidity, I find myself getting outside around 5 am lately.  My back yard is covered with lizards catching the morning sun.  I never realized there were so many on my property.



Lizards you say? We have an abundance of them as well. They just started showing up a few years ago. Little blueish ones and bigger brown ones. The seem to like the very hot south patio and live in the piles of geodes that decorate the edges. Linda here, is the biggest at about 8 inches. She likes being petted and even wags her tail.
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Lizards are lovely, and DEFINITELY a simple pleasure, we enjoy, here. We have several varieties of skinks, plus fence lizards and prairie lizards. They're one of the reasons we don't have cats.
 
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My daily routine starts with a walk with our dog around the community garden. When I arrive, I let the chickens out of their enclosed cage, clean the coop, change their water and top up the feed in their automatic feeder.
I take a wander around the gardens foraging for chickweed, milkweed, comfrey etc to hang bunches in the chickens' cage.
They have a fenced enclosure and while I walk the dog, they have an opportunity to scratch around looking for bugs and worms.
There are always things to make me smile - the first spears of asparagus and winecaps popping up through the woodchips, blossoms on the fruit trees and the tiny new fruit developing.
It's a lovely way to start the day.
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Lately I have been using my Nikon D80 more and wanted to make better pictures instead of just using the Automatic features. I don't know how many times I have studied (and written down) all the different relations between shutter, aperture etc., but this time I am doing it a bit more systematically.

Anyway, I had almost forgotten that there was one big speck and some smaller ones in all my pictures and I don't want to post-edit the pictures (nor do I have such a program on my laptop) - so I ordered a camera cleaning set which arrived today.
Well, it looks almost too good to be true but it seems I have got rid of those specks and spots. I will try some more photos to be sure but that was easier than I had feared.
 
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Hanging out here on permies, reading a cool idea, and thinking - that might just solve this problem I'm having. So I went ahead and tried it. However, it involves a plant, so unfortunately, I won't know if it works until next summer when it either does, or it doesn't.  Good thing I Ok with delayed gratification!
 
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Propping my feet up, next to my hubby's, while we sit on the loveseat, with a sweet, silly pupper snuggling between us, while we sip our morning coffee-du-jour, and plan our day, week, month, life...
 
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The first tomato beetle was sighted yesterday (they drill the stems and the plants die within days-- luckily they exclusively murder tomatoes, and can't stand cold, so I'm growing cold tolerant tomatoes in the winter under cover).

So today's pleasure was ripping out the tomatoes and immediately planting the cucumbers that I started a few weeks ago. Pickleville, here we come!!
I never thought planting for production in containers would be so easy, so enjoyable, and so fruitful!!!
 
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Today was a relatively good day; I had several periods of solitude which I sometimes crave. It is then when I can just 'be me.' (I was able to complete my rewatch of Star Trek: Voyager. It appealed to my melancholy.)

Also, although I'm not really a fan of the cold weather, it was pretty watching the snow fall outside the window. (The snow was outside,  I was inside sitting in my late Mom's rocking chair.)
 
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The happy anticipation of, and preparations for a pending visit, from a dear old friend...
 
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Cranky Advice on appreciating simple pleasures... (I found this on a Facebook page I follow.)
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Taking your frustration out by pounding sauerkraut. It's not often you can beat up your food!
 
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Our weather can be instantly unpredictable - and today it was a sun shower. I was in the upper field when there was a large gap in the clouds, but it was still raining. As I looked south towards the lower field with the gnarly old maple tree, the sun shone through the tree, lighting up the maple keys like jewels, and turning the water on the tree into wisps that floated upward on the gentle breeze.

Alas it did not last and the dark, heavy clouds moved back across the sun and the tree again looked like its ordinary self. But I enjoyed the moment!
 
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A quick "down the hill" walk with the dogs:

Winter silhouette of young Wychelm branches against a blue sky

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It had rained overnight and there's no wind for a change, so all the birch trees were hung with tiny dewdrops like fairy Xmas baubles catching the sun. I took lots of really bad photos, this one is the only one that is worth sharing, but it doesn't do the sight justice at all. It was a bit dark, and my camera is just point and shoot.

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Finally a sign of spring yet to come (we've still got the worst of the winter to get through) but this little pignut (Conopodium majus) is starting into life.

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Ice storm followed by 17 degree temps. Roaring fire in the fireplace. And, a Dutch oven full of ham and beans sitting at the edge of the fire.
 
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Two lots of seed orders arriving in one day - excitement!
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Signs of spring - snowdrops.
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Omg I love this post, I’m getting happies from reading all of your happies 🥰

My simple pleasures:

When there are pretty colours in the sky at sunset. A particularly stunning sunset is perfectly capable of moving me to tears sometimes. I guess the beauty just overwhelms me.

Snuggling up with my cat. We share a love of comfy spots and warmth.

Seeing the birds eating the food I put out for them, or the bees foraging from my flowers.

Seeing wild animals in nature. I can see a tame rabbit in a pet store any time I want, but a wild rabbit darting across the trail I’m running on is special.

Plants, Especially when they’re left to grow a little bit wild. I love the untamed look. My neighbours probably don’t so much, but it’s my garden, I’ll do what I want lol 😂

The hushed environment when you’re walking in the forest. It’s not silent, there’s bird song and squirrels and leaves rustling, but there’s still a hushed quality that feels quite magical.

Volunteer plants. I now have a full strawberry bed from 1 rogue runner that appeared one day, no idea where it came from, and then went forth and multiplied.

Those hot days, with a perfect blue sky, when I’m not stuck in work and can bask in my garden, or go walk through some fields and just be happy. If I can harvest some wild seeds while I’m out, even better 😂



 
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Simple pleasures of the day for me, today ... yeah, it's nice to get on permies and read all the nice stuff other people are enjoying.  
Saw the first daffodil of spring (for us) today.  
That first cup of coffee, sitting outside on the porch swing, this time using Mexican Table Cream (I LOVE real cream in coffee, but bought this when I couldn't get cream at the grocery store), and it tastes reasonably good!
Aaannddd, since we've been spending a lot of time staying home these past couple years, I bought a 6' Intex swimming pool at Wally-World online this morning;  boy, this must be a good time to buy a swimming pool, price had dropped!  
Figuring where to put the swimming pool is kind of fun too.  
Being THIN again!  We've been doing keto diet for nearly a year now;  I have a waistline, all my clothes are baggy, I can feel my stomach hit my backbone (sometimes).  It's a really nice feeling.  
Waking up to the LED lights on the bottom shelf next to the bed popping on from the timer, and waiting for the first little seedlings that I know will be there in a few days, of tomatoes and peppers.  Should I start some Ping Tung eggplant seeds?  It's nice to wonder.  Yeah, probably so, but how to fit them under the lights ... that's nice too, figuring it out.  (even if I'm late!)  It's still nice!  
Thinking about gardening, definitely more pak choy ... all the garden chores to be done ... which I will do as I'm ready to do 'em ... and not being perfectionist about it.  
Just being happy it's early early Spring, here, my favorite season.  Walking around looking at things, hoping maybe I'll get some kiwis this year?  Will we get a lot of pears?  How little sugar can I use with Pomona Pectin?  (on keto, I'm using stevia powder, super-cheap considering how little you use.)  Looking up Pomona blackberry recipes ... and other Pomona recipes ... still not clear on whether you HAVE to use sugar??  But it's NICE, still learning.  
 
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I've been photographing pretty things today, as it was a beautiful sunny day of spring and Easter holidays, and after taking pics of all the flower buds and seedlings, I ended up as usual - chasing this one funky guppy fish which has a green spot on his tail. He's in his prime time now, fully developed and the green spot looks almost fluorescent. A pretty little fish!
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This was yesterday (lashing rain today!)



The Celandines have captured the sun and reflect it from the ground; underappreciated little beauties.
 
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I was busy in a different town today, but in between appointments I wandered down to the beach, sat on a bench and wrote a poem. It was really nice to sit there for a minute, with the sun warm but not hot and people about but not too many and birds singing. (no swarms of vacationers yet!)
 
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I talked to one of our local rangers about scenic spots in our district, and he recommended a little valley nearby. So today I just took my bike and headed there, about 20-25 minutes from home. The valley is not impressive as such (it is just a tiny brook) but the houses and gardens there had a special charm, loaded with flowers and veggie beds and lilacs in bloom, decorative arrangements, benches etc. Garden lovers!

It was not far away but a route I usually don't take. On the way back I took some photos of old houses and barns (I do love old buildings that are allowed to age in dignity instead of tearing them down).
I got home refreshed and very happy.

In the afternoon when I took daughter1 to an appointment I used the waiting time to buy an icecream cone and stroll along the river. There are some stately homes with lovely gardens, orchards, flowers and none of those ugly modern plants that have come into fashion in the past decades. You could see the clothes on the line and the coffee table set for afternoon coffee and cake, a happy elderly couple sharing some time together on the terrace.


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Ancient farm house (part of a private museum today)
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Residence of the former miller (the mill is being restored, I think)
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Lending an ear while 'Harley' relays the events of the day..... :-)
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I was working at the edge of the field when I heard a really happy bird sound. I looked up and saw a swallow swooping out of our field with a fluffy white feather (probably from our goose) almost 1/2 its wingspan. Swallow's mate was likely making the happy noises as it flew along too, heading for my neighbor's house where I happen to know there are some swallow nest boxes set up.
 
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Missouri is usually not the breeding place for spring monarchs, but one seemed to find the emerging butterfly weeds in my garden and laid eggs. When I found out, the caterpillars had munched down two plants to the ground and were eating away the flower buds. I raised them indoors so I can just pick the leaves. The poopy  hungry cats ate over 100 leaves in the last three days. I am so excited for the butterflies to come out!
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May Lotito wrote:Missouri is usually not the breeding place for spring monarchs, but one seemed to find the emerging butterfly weeds in my garden and laid eggs. When I found out, the caterpillars had munched down two plants to the ground and were eating away the flower buds. I raised them indoors so I can just pick the leaves. The poopy  hungry cats ate over 100 leaves in the last three days. I am so excited for the butterflies to come out!



All ten butterflies emerged between June 7 to 10. Wish them a safe journey up north.
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A higher than usual level of affection from hubby, that put me into much happier place, today, with unexpected hugs, kisses, and snuggles. I love this guy so much!
 
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I would have posted this in "Objects I have found in my yard..." if there were such a thread.
So I am including it here, although my finding is rather exceptional:
Yesterday when weeding in the allotment I found an object that looked like a flimsy coin and slipped it into my pocket.

Today I took it out and cleaned it a bit, and to my surprise it is older than I thought. 10 Pfennig from the German Empire, dated 1875. This is before my great-grandparents were born!

Too bad that the contact with earth had impacted it so much, otherwise I could have sold it for several hundred Euros (maybe). Well, I will keep it as souvenir.
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Anita Martin wrote:I would have posted this in "Objects I have found in my yard..." if there were such a thread.



Oh - you missed this great thread here then Anita!
 
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Nancy Reading wrote:

Anita Martin wrote:I would have posted this in "Objects I have found in my yard..." if there were such a thread.



Oh - you missed this great thread here then Anita!


Obviously! I thought I had seen a similar thread but when making almost a dozen different search runs with terms like "unearthed", "curious", "backyard", "yard" etc. I could not find what I wanted and thought I was mistaken.
Thanks for pointing me in the right direction, and I hope I can remember the thread title when I dig up the next treasure, haha!
 
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May Lotito wrote:Missouri is usually not the breeding place for spring monarchs, but one seemed to find the emerging butterfly weeds in my garden and laid eggs. When I found out, the caterpillars had munched down two plants to the ground and were eating away the flower buds. I raised them indoors so I can just pick the leaves. The poopy  hungry cats ate over 100 leaves in the last three days. I am so excited for the butterflies to come out!



All ten butterflies emerged between June 7 to 10. Wish them a safe journey up north.



Thank you for sharing this, beautiful!

Take Care,
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A peacock appeared. Most likely strayed from a neighbor who has several 2 or 3 miles away. Not sure. It panicked & ran down the trail before it disappeared into the woods. In a really bad direction. Hope it got home before dark. Not a good place for a peacock to be. Amazing that it even got there in one piece considering it was deep in the woods. Things go bump in the night around here. Maybe it wanted to be a turkey? Turkeys & gopher tortoises belong there, peacocks don't.
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