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Dogs So Love Doing This

Missy is such a lovely dog, and she sure loves rolling on the grass of our back yard!

Time spent watching Missy doing this is a lovely way to spend a minute or so on a mild day when I’m at home, and she is feeling comfy on the lawn! All dogs should have a nice lawn to roll on, when they want to!

It’s almost a blissful almost Buddhist moment, watching Missy rolling on the grass, sometimes!

Missy is a Pharaoh Hound, who was bred to be a show dog, but that never happened, so she’s our loved pet dog instead.

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flowering plants, philosophy

What a Day Yesterday was!

I had a fun time yesterday, but I’m glad I’d planned it so well, it could have gone sideways fast! Yesterday I knew the main thing I had to do for the day, the number one must do item. This ‘thing’ was to attend a forum, for which there was a quite handy payment, simply for taking part.

I’m not an idiot, if somebody wants to give me money simply for giving my opinion, I’m not going to say no! The venue is not close to where I live, but it’s in a place I feel connected to, to some extent. Another venue I was thinking of visiting soon, was on the way, sort of, so I thought if I go to that venue but didn’t stay too long, then it would make the long drive more worth it.

So that’s what I did, I drove to Nuriootpa to visit someone I went to school with, to buy some plants that sounded great, and were at a great price, and after that, I drove on to Clare for the forum. The plants were at the Mitre 10 store, where my former schoolmate works, and we had a lovely chat and have decided to catch up again properly, soon! (Thanks Debbie!) Combining these two events in the one trip made much more sense, with the number of kilometers driven.

I now have four more ‘pigs face’ plants, and these new plants are all in different colours to the one we already have at home. The idea of being able to get these in colours different to the one we already have was the thing that made it seem worthwhile, and only $2.50 per pot, a bargain! They will look lovely once they really get growing, and are planted up in hanging baskets on our back patio … So Debbie and I chatted, and when it was time to, I put the plants in my car and headed off to Clare.

Then the forum. There were seven other attendees, plus two people organising things, and we all worked to getting some new ideas thought about, and with different ideas about how it could go. The eight of us were split into two groups, and even though we weren’t all that well known to each other, it all went along very well indeed. It will be interesting to see whether next year, any of the things we did come into fruition.

So we worked, thought, perhaps ate a choc chip cookie or two, and then the time was up. It was getting dark by that time, and I was reminded of two things, that I’d got myself lost in the Barossa region previously, and that I really am not keen on driving in unfamiliar places at night, especially when it was raining. Last night the rain had well and truly arrived.

Anyway, I kept on driving, with the GPS in my mobile phone keeping me on track, but gee was I glad to get home. My husband was still up, even though it was getting quite late, but we were both happy to head off to bed, soon after I arrived home, after watching some of the show on the TV.

I forgot about the plants in my car until after lunch today, and I’m glad it was quite a mild day, and that I finally did remember them, and take them around to the back yard, where most of our pot plants are. One of the new plants isn’t flowering yet, but one of the people from Mitre 10 yesterday, showed me what they look like, quite a gentle pink, which will go nicely indeed!

So talking, thinking, ideas, a friend from the past (and possibly into the future too), plus new plants, payment for a job well done, and new plants, what a good day that was, made even better than it may have been, with some planning. I am currently thinking about the philosophy of the Stoics, who value planning, thinking on their day’s things to come, and then thinking on the day that has been.

So consider this blog post a part of my philosophical musings …

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My Spiritual Site

Our backyard seems to be the place I can go to, to find peace and a sense of secular spiritually. I am not a believer in any god, but a believer in the all mighty power of Good. When I go out of our back door, I am at one with Nature, which is my symbol of the greater good.

Outside are the plants we grow for food (herbs, fruit, vegetables) and for enjoyment (flowers, lawn, greenery). Outside is the big blue or clouded sky, and the huge trees that bring the birds I love to watch. And further, beyond the backyard is the rest of our property, and all of the rest of our township we’ve lived in and loved for over thirty years.

When I sit outside on that sofa that once upon a time was our ‘good’ sofa, I think about lots of different things, or sometimes I meditate and think about absolutely nothing. Whichever end of the thinking spectrum I am at, I know it will be good. I also go outside sometimes to do a secular salute to the sun. I did one of these this morning. I will explain how I did this today, which is similar to how I usually do it.

Today I let Missy outside, then swapped my slippers for my rubber boots, and went and stood on the concrete path and looked up toward the sun. Then I held both arms out behind myself with my palms facing upward, before holding that position and sinking into a squat. I held that squat for about ten seconds then rose slowly, finishing with my hands in a ‘prayer position’ in front of my chest. I repeated that entire routine, I think five times and then Missy and I came back inside. I think both of us benefited in various ways from it.

I’m trying to live as mindful a life as I can, and with the mindfulness and meditation, combined with the wonderful family and friends I have, my life is a joyful one too! My simple life brings me much joy indeed. Do you find joy in your life? I’d love to hear about how you do it, leave a comment here!

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When the Dog Goes Walkies

I’m not the one who takes the family dog walkies, that’s not my job. Graham is the one who goes walkies with Missy, and they both enjoy it. They are both getting more toned, ridding their bodies of excess weight, and adding on muscle. Being out and active in the garden can do both of those things too.

Missy is a ‘get up on the sofa and stay there’ kind of dog, for a large part of the day, but sometimes, when she goes into the yard, she really goes, streaking around and around the backyard like there’s a banshee at her back. Then she’ll suddenly stop and look at me, as if it was my fault she was running madly around and I should apologise, or something.

Of course, she may just be doing it because she likes a good run, every now and then, who knows? Until we learn how to understand what dogs really think, we can only guess, and the dogs can’t actually, truly tell us if we get it wrong.

Missy and Graham are out walking at the moment, which means the house is all mine, except for the people on the TV screen who I’m doing my best to ignore. They might be talking about sports I’m not interested in, or it could be political. I heard the word ‘problems’, and that’s it. It’s mostly a blur of sound, with little actual meaning. I think I just heard the word ‘drunk’ or it could have been ‘drug’, I’m not sure. Either way, it isn’t a good word to hear, under the circumstances. I’ll continue ignoring the TV, it’s better that way, I think.

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So when I’m home alone, I ignore the TV, that is on anyway, waiting for Graham to get home so that somebody at least pays it some attention. I’m happy with no TV on, and only Natures sounds coming in from outside (although with the cooler weather here, I can’t hear much of that either). The idea of exercise, walking up and down our road, is a good idea, but I don’t like walking that much, even though I know I need the exercise almost as much as Graham does. I’m more like Missy, and will do my favoured exercises, but not too often, even if it’s good for me. Missy and I both like lolling about doing not much physical at all.

I don’t know if Missy does much thinking when she’s on the sofa. I know she has dreams, or maybe nightmares, when her legs move, and she whimpers a little bit. Do dogs really dream, I wonder? Am I just putting my own human interpretation on something? Humans often do that, anthropomorphising things that animals do, especially when the animals in question are our pets. When these creatures live in our homes, we see them doing things, and think we understand it all.

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We don’t always get it right, I’m sure, but I hope that at least some of the time, humans can in fact understand what’s going on in the animal/pet world. When I wrote my three books with Buster the Dog (who lives in my head), I was trying hard to understand how things humans do seem to our pet dogs. I certainly enjoyed writing those books, and like sharing them with people (not just because I get money if they buy my books!)

I love to write about things to gain a better understanding of them, and to understand what I think about things. Do you write about things? If so, what is your favourite way to write – a journal or diary? A blog? Poetry? Stories? I’d love to hear about it!

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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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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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Missy in the Backyard with Me

There is something about a dog in the backyard that always brings some joy to my heart. It brings the pooper scooper into action too, at times, but the overwhelming joy a dog seems to get from being outside with Nature, also brings me some of that joy too. This morning was another one of those joyful times.

I was acting on instructions from Graham, to water particular parts of our garden. He told me or was that asked me? anyway, I was to water the hanging pots and the bonsai trees. We have some rain-free days coming today and the next few days, and we certainly don’t want our trees and plants to die. Looking at this trees and plants, remembering the processes of getting them to their various stages, these are good to remember. And if it brings memories of other plants and trees that didn’t make it through to this stage, well that’s still a good thing to think on, even if it isn’t a joyful thing.

Missy prefers to stay on and around the back lawn, sniffing around the shrubs, searching for things I certainly don’t want her to find, like snakes, I suspect. She didn’t find anything like that this time, which is a good and joyful thing! What she did find was a spot of lawn that was in the sunshine and was ready to be rolled on! Missy loves to roll on the lawn, and I love to watch Missy doing it. A dog enjoying a back massage by rolling over and over on the lawn, that’s an extremely joyful thing for them to do and a joyful thing to see!

Of course, there are birds to see and hear when we’re in the backyard too. Missy and I both like birds, but not for the same reasons. I love to see them flying free and mobile, zooming high above us, or past us, or diving down to sip some water from the pool, and then way up high again. That’s usually the swallows who do that, and they’re particularly active at this in the early evening, when there will be many swallows dive down and then away again, circle around and do it again, or disappear off somewhere else. I love to see them doing this. Missy would probably love to catch and eat one of them.

cape honeysucklethis is one of the bushes Missy likes to snuffle around the base of. Sometimes she’s found baby birds there, yum (for her anyway)

 

Because of course, Missy is a dog, a hound, and what dogs in general, and hounds in particular, like to do, is to hunt. When these bushes (Cape honeysuckle proper name Tecoma capensis) are flowering, as they are in the photo, that’s when the birds take a particular interest in them, getting nectar from the blooms. I love watching the honeyeaters in them, betting a good feed of nectar. We get two kinds of honeyeaters around our place. There are always New Holland honeyeaters around the place, and sometimes we get White Lined honeyeaters. I don’t like it if Missy catches and eats any of these lovely honeyeaters, but Missy doesn’t care what I think about that.

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Watching the birds around our place brings me joy, I love to see them, both the ordinary ones, sparrows, starlings, turtledoves, but the native ones in particular, such as those honeyeaters mentioned above, and the crested pigeons, lorikeets sometimes, and often there will be willie wagtails too, I love these jaunty and songful birds! Sometimes I will spot a bird of prey circling high above, which always interests me, as I work to figure out what kind of bird it is. I’m a keen birdwatcher, and new birds to our place certainly brings me joy – I love to be able to add a new bird species to my list of birds around our place. At the moment, there are I think 43 different birds on my list.

It’s not a competition, but I’d love to hear about the different birds you can see from where you live – please leave a comment here are let us know. I live in Rural South Australia, in the lower Mid North region, I’m sure people in other areas have some very different kinds of birds, please tell!

 

 

 

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