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I had to move a duck nest out from my wood pile next to a new garden area and had a broody but tomless turkey, the flock's sentry LaVerne. So I figured I'd try letting her take care of them and when I tried to bring them near she pecked me unmerciful before I could get them under her and when I put them down a foot away from her she then gently scooted them under her and has brooded on them since. It had been over 3weeks so I was getting pessimistic about ducklings until I heard this little peep underneath her yesterday! Woe be to the cat that goes after that duckling, LaVerne is a badass.
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Discovered a type of tiny rose, that can be grown as a hedge and handled with the smallest of cordless electric equipment.
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Checking out the clematis at my friend
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Not sure what this is
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I made the French toast my friend dressed it up quite a bit
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The view at Beacon Hill Park about three weeks ago.
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These bugs seem to have a false front comma to confuse predators
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Discovered that almost anything can become art. Sometimes art is just short for Arthur.
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My daughter is little dog goes nuts when it snows.
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Sunset, 1 km from the city center.
 
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I love to wish people simple pleasures in life, so this thread really speaks to me. So many great examples here.

Feeding people, and having them enjoy it, is a wonderful pleasure to me. On Friday night, I was able to feed a bunch of permie people with leg of lamb grown at The Grass-fed Homestead. It was delicious! Then, a couple days later we made lamb stew from the leftovers and shared that with more friends. Thank you Dan!!

Once, I had a miscarriage, and a dear friend gave me some beautiful advice. She said, you've had a loss which has emptied you. Now, what could help is to find ways to fill back up again. That filling up again means different things to different people. It could be watching a lovely sunset, it could be eating good food, it could be playing with your dog or cat. Whatever fills you up.

I think my friend's words are very wise. I think that the more we are filled with the kinds of things in this thread, the more resilient we are with whatever comes our way.

 
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I love having the leftovers of a meal I made myself, from scratch, for lunch at work the next day.

Today, butternut squash soup, though my much better half made it.

-CK
 
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Yes, leftovers, always a pleasure!
Sunday afternoon and evening we had a get-together including potluck-meal. Of course such meals always have leftovers, because everyone brings in food for more than one person. I took some home: a cold broccoli soup and a piece of kale-bread. Had a delicious dinner on Monday, all leftovers! 

Another pleasure is the drawing I am making. It's a view of a part of the park, where we (Permaculture Meppel) want to start a Foodforest. Not exactly a design, but the way I imagine it to look in some years.
 
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Waking up to clean fresh air, watching the sun rise over the hickory and oak trees, working with the land to make it healthier and better for our life style without causing other creatures to leave from unsuitability for them.
watching the chickens and hogs go about their day, watching the red tailed hawks, which gave me my name, fly overhead. These are some of the blessings I have every day.

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Certainly one of my favorite simple pleasures is when I'm outside with one of the dogs and it gets the zoomies.  If ever there was a happier-looking creature than a dog with the zoomies, I haven't seen it.
 
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The simple pleasure of today: we made a 'trash-walk'. Two friends and I we walked through the park with large bags and put all trash we found in the bags. So we had a walk, a nice chat together, and afterwards the park was much cleaner!
 
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Oddly enough, mine is going outside and turning the duck bedding and getting their eggs every morning. It's 5-10 minutes that I get to be outside, by myself, doing something simple and mindless. I also get to watch the antics of the ducks and cats (our cats sleep in our garage during the winter, so they're warm). We feed the cats outside of the garage to lure them out every monrning. After I feed them, I let the ducks out. All 14 of the ducks run down to the pond to splash, but then two (always the same two) ducks come out and rush over to the cats food bowl. Usually one cat runs off while the other eats. The ducks see the cats and scurry off.... only to come back 5 minutes later to gobble up all the cat food that the cats didn't eat!

These two ducks are also my best layers. (I'm really tempted to supplement my duck food with some cat food--maybe then all the ducks will lay better!)

I love this time, too, because it's some of the very few moments of my day in which I'm truly alone. My husband has my beloved 4 year old son and 1 year old daughter while I "tend the ducks." I don't get privacy from my kids in the bathroom, or at night, or really ever...except those precious moments outside taking care of the ducks. The movement and the fresh air also helps wake me up and gets my mind ready for the day.

So yes, one of my favorite parts of the day is mucking around in duck poop! :o :D
 
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Jocelyn Campbell wrote:
Feeding people, and having them enjoy it, is a wonderful pleasure to me. On Friday night, I was able to feed a bunch of permie people with leg of lamb grown at The Grass-fed Homestead. It was delicious! Then, a couple days later we made lamb stew from the leftovers and shared that with more friends. Thank you Dan!!



You're welcome, Jocelyn!  I'm really glad you enjoyed the lamb! 
 
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Hot day, way too much work, double knee braces, steel toed boots, sun hat...

Ah... But I can sling a hammock between a walnut tree and my tractor!! Green tea, green smoothie and a cool breeze.
First time I have felt relaxed in several years!!
 
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Oh, so perfect, Pearl!!

other person: so-and-so needs to live their life *my* way!
me: look at my honeysuckle putting on flower buds!
other person: got it.



And now my honeysuckle is in bloom!



This makes me sooo happy! As does gathering greens each morning for our eggs-and-greens breakfast, drying herbs on my racks and copper wire in the kitchen, making wildflower bouquets, sitting outside in the misty coolness with a mug of coffee and a cuddly cat on my lap looking at all the lush growth....ahhh.


 
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