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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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