New Book

What’s that? A Possible New Book?

The Buster the Dog series of books has three books in it so far … The first book “Dig it! Gardening Tips for Dogs” came out in 2007, then some time later came “Doggone It – Mindfulness from a Dog’s Point of View”. After that, more rapidly, came possibly my favourite book in the series so far, “Dog Buddha’s Thoughts”.

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I had thought I was at the end of this series of books. Buster the Dog and I have had a fun time writing them together, and I’m pretty sure our illustrator Ally (Allyson Hean). enjoyed doing her wonderful illustrations that added much to the words Buster and I wrote. So, it was great while it lasted, and I still sell the occasional copy of these three books, but now, even as I am looking to order another print run of the first book, a new possible book title has popped into my head … Maybe this series has another book to come?

This book title offers much in terms of research for me, and interest (I hope!) to possible readers. It will be a matter of covering some old ground from the first three books, and the expanding much, about one particular subject common to all of these first books. I suspect that as well as looking back at those earlier books, I am also going to have to do some research, to get as broad an idea as possible for this new book. So, Buster and I will have to become researchers as well as authors, looking into the background concerning things we’ve covered in more basic and obvious ways. We’re going to have to become smarter in the way we present our ideas. Well maybe.

We probably won’t have to do that correct referencing thing that uni students have to do, because, hey, we’re only here to have some fun, and give other people a bit of fun too. Buster the Dog is itching (metaphorically only – no fleas on him) to get into this subject. He has always had thoughts on this particular one, and yes, I’ve had some thoughts about it too. So what is this important subject? Can you guess? If you’ve read the first three books you might be able to guess, because it’s clear from the words written that Buster is interested in it.

So what is it? Well, it’s CATS! of course. Buster is extremely interested in CATS! This new book though, it won’t be about how much Buster would love to chase and catch cats, it will be a learned discussion on cats, dogs, and their interactions with humans. The third book looks at this theme the most of all three books, and this fourth (possible) book will be all about that relationship, in the present dog, into the future, and in the past. I know that some of the things that will have to be written, may make Buster the Dog growl, and get a bit cranky, but the truth is the truth, and it will have to come out in this book.

Because in the past of course, cats were considered to be divine creatures particularly by the Egyptians way back in time. Buster doesn’t like thinking about this idea at all, but it’s been written about a lot, and can’t be ignored. In this new book that Buster the Dog and I may write we will be thinking and writing about this subject, how it all came about, how it was thought on, and what the future may hold. So this new book will have a title that poses a question, and will be full of discussion on this question, with perhaps the ultimate truth on the subject.

There is only a book title so far, with a couple of thoughts of mine, and some whining and growling in equal measure from Buster the Dog. I’m not sure when the text of the book will be written, or whether it will ever be written at all, but in the meantime, I have this book title swimming through the swamp I call my sub conscious mind and we can only wait and see what Buster the Dog and I will make of this title:

“Divine or Disaster?”

I welcome ideas and thoughts about this, leave a comment and who know what may happen?!

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philosophy

Clouds have Stolen the Sky

This morning when I looked up at the sky, it was there, beautiful blue shining down on me, with a few clouds scattered here and there. Now, I look out of the window, and there’s not beautiful blue sky there at all, as far as I can see. It is cloudy grey and maybe rainy.

I wonder if people are or in the past were sometimes worried, when that huge blue sky disappeared, or were they comforted by the story tellers, who could tell them stories of times when the sky disappeared, but then rain came, bringing fruitfulness to the earth … Blessed be the storytellers for they will reveal the truth …

I feel that, as story tellers, I and my other literary types, could hire ourselves out, so we can spread the real truth, with no falsity, which other media may sell to their audience. When newspapers and others making money from their false words, sell their lies for others happy to pretend their lies are truth, where does that leave ordinary people? Those ‘others’ include businesses, politicians, government departments.

Us ordinary people have to fine the truth, if we are to live honest lives, honest and healthful lives, with nothing hidden away, but the good things presented to us in ways we can believe. But how to tell the difference between the many and varied stories we are told?

A good clue is to look at who is going to make the most money from the words being told. Big Business aims at Big Profit, small business is hoping for money too, but in smaller amounts. And most of the time, small businesses are going to be selling us goods that we want, and if we don’t want them, we simply don’t buy them.

It should be as simple as that. Thinking about dogs and gardens, as I should be doing, on this blog – the sky releases water from the clouds, the plants and ground soak up the rain, and things grow. The sky doesn’t make us pay for the rain, it is given free of charge. If were to stop caring for the planet though, which sadly many of us are, the gifts from the planet might become unwanted ones. Earthquake, floods, hot spells, cold spells, rising waters. This is the price we are actually paying.

Our dog doesn’t worry about such things, as far as I can tell. Missy is content to go outside, sniff around, toilet herself, sometimes race around like a silly thing, sometimes catching and eating things, even though we feed her too. Missy has a simple life, one without Big Business, or Big Issues. I think.

I have written a few books from the pint of view of a dog, based on thinking I have done on my life with many dogs, and the ways they may think about things in their lives and in mine. These are all humorous books, well I hope others think so. But they can be looked at more seriously too though.

The first one “Dig It! Gardening Tips for Dogs” is about gardening from a dogs point of view. The second one is “Doggone It – Mindfulness from a Dog’s Point of View” is self explanatory, and the third one is “Dog Buddha’s Thoughts” and is all about that religious as it may be, if dogs were believers in such a Canine Canon. In talking about these books here, I may earn more book sales, who knows, but I would be providing a service that the buyers wanted.

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Weather is Such an Interesting Thing!

Today, the 16th of April, we have had some very, very light rain, too light to even call drizzle. It’s heavy enough for Missy to not be terribly keen to go out in it, but nowhere near heavy enough to stop her going for a ‘comfort stop’ outside. It’s April, its Autumn, or Fall as they call it in some other countries. I was born in April, and my memory tells me it’s often rainy on and around my birthday. So this current weather is not surprising.

What is surprising though, was the temperature, 36.6 Celsius! This is most unusual for me, to have a birthday that hot. I’ve checked back with the weather bureau results, and last year (2017) the maximum temperature was 17.5 Celsius – and it rained a bit in Adelaide, and possibly in my part of the Adelaide Plains, about 60 km from the city of Adelaide.

The weather has been leaping around from Summer to Autumn, to Winter almost and a bit of back to Summer. I don’t know what Nature is up to with these surprises, but it’s interesting, when every day could be almost cardigan weather, and another day, almost head off the the beach weather! We had rain last weekend just gone, and next weekend it will be possibly a little bit of again, if it goes as forecast. So changeable!

Missy doesn’t really care about the weather, she spends most of her time inside, reclining, either on her sofa, missy slightly bemusedor in our son’s room, she has a crate set up there, where she used to sleep with her mother, while she was still alive. Now Missy just sleeps on her sofa at night, but I suspect when the cooler weather sets in closer to Winter, Missy might sleep in the crate, snuggled up with blankets.

At the moment I can see sunshine through both the window to the east and the one to the west. It’s afternoon, I’m feeling a little cool, but that’s probably just me, my husband doesn’t look cool at all, he looks comfortable, relaxing and watching the TV! Missy is in the room with us again, getting a pat from Graham, and now having a big stretch. I’m not sure what she wants to do next, but she’s gone back to Graham for another pat. The weather may be quite changeable, but you can guarantee Missy will always like to have a pat!

The geraniumsIMAG0284 (1) and other plants seem to be enjoying this mild and slightly rainy weather. I was outside earlier today, and was pleased to see some of the things planted a few months ago are starting to pick up, with new leaves coming.

I’m happy about this cooler weather, mostly for one particular reason – those horrid brown snakes don’t like cooler weather! If the weather is cool, I can be sure that Missy isn’t going to find a snake and try to kill it, and that makes me very, very happy. Missy is a Pharaoh Hound, a dog breed that loves to hunt! Unfortunately snakes are one of the things she likes to hunt, even though I’d much rather she left snakes alone, and hunted the mice in our house at the moment instead.

I think Missy thinks mouse hunting is beneath her dignity, although she will hunt grasshoppers on our back lawn, which, in my opinion, makes her look extremely silly! I’m not a dog though, and Missy is, so who knows … I might claim to have a dog who lives in my head (Buster the Dog), but obviously that isn’t true, it’s just a part of my imagine that has been useful to me for the creation of books …

I have three books that I wrote, based on Buster the Dog. I self published these books, with illustrations dog buddha front cover from a clever friend. I’ve been moderately successful with these books, if you call not losing money from it successful. I’ve made enough money from the small numbers printed to cover my costs, and a little bit more. Book sales make me happy, because I love it when people smile or even laugh when they read my words. It can warm me on the coolest of days!

So with my interest in weather watching, looking after Missy, and my writing, I’m living an enjoyable life, no matter what the weather is doing!

 

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Dead or Dying

I have a pine tree in my backyard. It’s not growing in the ground, this particular pine tree. Instead, it is in a pot, a small pot, and I fear that ultimately, that pot, though attractive, is too small, and has strangled the life out of this fine tree.

Bonsai trees are small, delicately poised on the edge of Nature versus mankind, cleverly aimed at showing a copy of Nature’s brilliance, in miniature, bonsai tree to show us what the tree would look like if it were set free and planted in the ground, where its roots can reach down and suck up the water from underneath, and so flourish.

Pine trees aren’t the only kind of tree to grow as a bonsai, we have a few different kinds of plants, and an easy one is the Jade Tree, as the photo here:

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Anyway, this particular pine tree began its life in the ground, but it was dug up, cut back, made to look like a free tree, as it stiffly pretends to flow with the wind, wind that is hidden away from this tree, in an effort to keep it safely contained. And now, I was told this morning, this tree looks sick.

I look at this tree, and others we have, and sometimes I play my part in keeping them alive, watering, repotting, trimming, dreaming about, hoping for. But when I looked at this pine tree this morning, I could see that my pine tree, this pine tree I’d dreamed about and hoped for, seemed to be well on its way to dying.

Why didn’t I see this coming? I watered these trees just a few days ago, and noticed no signs of impending death. This morning though, there were signs aplenty of a pine in its dying days, which I know, once the process starts, are impossible to halt. Death begins with a few twigs browning, then more, branches next, brown instead of green, and then, eventually, I know, brown will completely take over, and no signs of fresh green growth remain, bonsai tree a victim of bushfire-like heat of the sun, with no hope of renewal from fireman’s life saving blast of cool, cool water.

This tree is dying, and though the process is slow, it is inevitable, and this pine tree will add itself to the pile of branches of other trees, pruned for other reasons, to keep our place tidy, rather than as symbols of man’s dominion over Nature. Nature, has its last laugh, and though I mourn this poor tree, I still hold out hopes for the other pine trees I have, still planning their ultimate shapes, but knowing Nature knows the truth of that one, not me …

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Easy Plants are Good Plants

IMAG0284 (1).jpgBy easy plants, I mean the ones that are forgiving if one forgets to water them every now and then, and that keep on doing their thing (whatever their particular ‘thing’ is), and that bring if not joy, then not sorrow or anger. For me, that ‘easy plant’ is the geranium. I love them, and have quite a few of them in my garden, big pots of beautiful colour for me to look at and enjoy.

This morning I went out the front of our yard. and took photographs of the seven different colours/types of geraniums we have growing. At least two of our geranium plants aren’t flowering at the moment, so I didn’t take a photo of them. I know that at least on of those two is definitely a different colour with its flowers, and it’s leaf shape is quite different too, it’s spiky shaped rather than the more usual round shape. So that adds up to at least eight and perhaps nine different coloured geraniums. The spiky leaved one has blossoms that are quite a purplish pink colour.

I don’t know how many different colours there are of geranium blooms there are, but I’m quite sure it’s a big number. I have an interest of a lazy kind, to increase the number of differently coloured geraniums we have growing. By lazy, I mean I will only try to propagate a new colour if I happen to get my hands on propagating material easily, and if I have the time and interest to do anything with such material once I get it home.

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I’ve had a couple of recent failures at doing this, because I wasn’t keen enough to make sure it worked. Leaving new attempts without adequate water isn’t going to do the job, as I already knew. So I failed at a climbing rather than bushy kind of geranium, and even though I know I can get that one again from the same place, that would mean I’d have to ‘fess up about my failed attempt, and I’m not sure I want to do that quite yet …

I’ve put photographs of our seven currently flowering geraniums up on my Facebook page, just because, well I’m not sure why really. I think just because I like this plant, and wanted to show what they look like, and perhaps get a conversation going about them.

I’m sure I’ve seen an almost pale orange-ish coloured in the past, but that was a long time ago. I’ve certainly not seen anything like that around the place at all. If I had I probably would have got myself a stem of it, and propagated it, or at least tried too! I’m not obsessionable about these plants, I’m just quite keen! Today has been largely a sit around then get up and wander around outside kind of day.

I’ve done my informal leg exercise/salute to the sun thing a couple of times, holding my arms up to the lovely sun, that sends its rays down to us for free. Then I bend my knees and do an inelegant squat, that helps to strengthen my upper legs, and possible my calf muscles too, who knows? I always feel good when I do this, it feels like being outside, close to Nature, with the growing things, and the creatures all present in my acknowledgement of all the good out there, is a blessing to me and to Nature.

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Some may refer to God when speaking of things like this, or Spirituality, but I refer to it as Nature. The three things could in fact amount to the same thing, who alive really knows? It feels replenishing to me, and it feels good. And that surely is a good thing for us all? Blessings to anyone reading this, I hope you’ve been inspired to get outside with Nature!

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