Those were the days on the path least traveled…

Diary from the path least traveled…

Hello Diary,

A rainy Saturday, a brief break from the oppressive heat and humidity from last week…hopefully it will be awhile before that type of weather returns but the long range forecast is for more of it the next two or threes months… climate warming and we have helped… majority of the plants, and creatures, around here are not tropical and having a stressful time of it, especially with the soil being dry… did get some more beans and cucumbers…

cuc & beans

Not the quality of the first batch but edible, tomatoes struggling.. the hibiscus likes the warm humid weather…

hibiscus

And the hummingbirds like the hibiscus, seen one yesterday buzzing around, first one I have seen…climate has changed the lives of a lot of creatures large and small…. 🙂 the migratory birds that stayed in this area have ventured back south…I call them “snow birds” after their human counterparts… 🙂 the little sparrows that stay and tough it out are glad to see them gone, no more competition and bullying, and at the bird baths they can have a pool party… 🙂

sparrow pool party

Built an arch over one birdbath… it use to be in the shade until the village had to cut the tree down…vines will form a canopy over the birdbath in time…

bath arch

Glanced at the news this morning and it seems there is a element of today’s American society that is more interested in their bank account rather than the welfare of their fellow human beings.. they also claim to be Christians (glad I am not one)… Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm…appears to be hypocrites to me… 🙂 as for me, though being on a limited income, I try help those in need as best I can, one manner is I am a sustaining (monthly) contributor to the E.I. Foodbank….

foodbank

A couple of quotes that carry my sentiment….

“The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt.” Friedrich Buechner

“Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.” Henri Nouwen

That being said, in departing will leave a couple of poems…

What? Me Stop Worrying?…

Me stop worrying, dear???
About Thee I Love!!
Ask the rains to stop falling, darling
From the skies up above!

Command the sun not to shine, my love
Order the rivers to all run dry,
Tell the winds to stop blowing, my love
Command the birds to never again fly!!

The sun will shine, the rivers run,
The winds will blow…. the birds will fly forever,
And I will worry about YOU and love you so
Beyond….. the 12th of Never!!!
(penned by Larry “Dutch” Woller 10-7-2008)

“Portrait of a Friend”

I can’t give solutions to all of life’s problems, doubts,
or fears. But I can listen to you, and together we will
search for answers.

I can’t change your past with all it’s heartache and pain,
nor the future with its untold stories.
But I can be there now when you need me to care.

I can’t keep your feet from stumbling.
I can only offer my hand that you may grasp it and not fall.

Your joys, triumphs, successes, and happiness are not mine;
Yet I can share in your laughter.

Your decisions in life are not mine to make, nor to judge;
I can only support you, encourage you,
and help you when you ask.

I can’t prevent you from falling away from friendship,
from your values, from me.
I can only think of you, talk to you and wait for you.

I can’t give you boundaries which I have determined for you,
But I can give you the room to change, room to grow,
room to be yourself.

I can’t keep your heart from breaking and hurting,
But I can cry with you and help you pick up the pieces
and put them back in place.

I can’t tell you who you are or who you will be
I can only love you and be your friend

Adam Clarke

That being said, have some good reading downloaded on the Kindle, some quality programs lined up and ready to watch, so it is down the path least traveled, seeking rainbows, adventures and destiny…but I shall return again one day, Fate be willing and the creeks don’t rise… 🙂

A leisurely rest of the weekend instore, perhaps a bit of reminiscing ..ahhhhhhhhhhh those were the days, right Mary Hopkins… 🙂

A heat wave, climate change and a poem on the path least traveled…

Diary from the path least traveled…

Hello Diary,

Stopping in briefly to share a few thoughts before finishing last week and preparing for next week..a quiet pleasant Sunday today, unlike first of last week when had a few storms venture through..stayed relatively unscathed here but neighbors trees took a blow, took down some large limbs…

downed limbs

Busy last week getting tasks accomplished and making preparations for the heat wave for most of next week…suppose to be more like the Amazon or the Congo than the prairies of Illinois… you can see what my cucumbers think of the tropical heat…

wilting cucumbers

With the climate change, that will be something to expect and the long range forecast through September is above normal temperatures… I moved things around the house into “cool” areas so I can avoid creating heat inside…also got all my supper meals together for next week, wrapped up and back in freezer, no cooking but for the microwave, once done, I did get the cucumbers sliced and in a container…

sliced cucumbers

Then I started on the zucchini… first thought I would make bread but decided to slice them instead and put in toaster oven…

sliced zucchini

I seasoned the zucchini with Parmesan cheese, ground garlic, pepper and a good coating of butter and then put them on a cookie sheet to freeze individually..

done zucchini

Put them in zip-loc bags and I can get out however many I wish to eat at a given time…better and not as messy or time consuming as making bread… 🙂 and so in leaving, will not spoil the day by dwelling on the news, but will leave some poems, the first one I did not write but dedicate it to all those hold work and fortune above all else..

“”Dust if you must, but wouldn’t it be better
To paint a picture or write a letter,
Spend time with a friend, bake a cake or plant a seed,
Ponder the difference between want and need?
Dust if you must, but there’s not much time,
With rivers to swim and mountains to climb,
Music to hear, songs to sing and books to read,
Friends to cherish and a life to lead.
Dust if you must, but the world’s out there,
With the sun in your eyes, the wind in your hair,
A flutter of snow, a shower of rain.
As this day will not come around again.
Dust if you must, but bear in mind,
Old age will come and it’s not kind.
And when you go — and go you must,
You, yourself will make more dust! “”

Smile..and remember..

A tongue can accuse and carry bad news
The seeds of distrust, it can sow,
So unless you know the truth, that it is not gossip
Be careful of stones that you throw.
(Larry “Dutch” Woller 6-10-2008)

And finally…

Thoughts Of You, My Friend

The garden roses are red
The backyard violets are blue,
Brightness, delicacy, and warmth to behold
That starts me to think of you!

Your beauty, inside and out
That brightens the darkest skies,
Can feel the glowing warmth
Of your lovely, soft, eyes!

Your lovely soft hands
Used with passionate gentleness
Delicate nimble fingers
With a touch of tenderness

And there are your thoughts
That I cherish and treasure,
That I value so highly
They are beyond measure!

One who ventures ever forward
Facing life without dread or fear,
Yet not letting go of the precious past
Holding on to all that is dear,

A few thoughts of you, my friend
Coming from the heart
Thoughts that will never end
Even though in life, we may part.

(penned by Larry “Dutch” Woller, 1-1-2009)

That being said, will take my leave (is that cheering I hear?… 🙂 ) and venture on down the path least traveled..maybe some rain later but with rain comes the rainbow..so bye (never say goodbye, sounds too much like forever) for now and will return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise….

And while venturing down the path, will keep advice from the Seekers in mind…

Zucchini, Cucumbers and tree rats on the path least traveled…

Diary from the path least traveled…

Hello Diary,

Having a leisurely Sunday making plans for the coming week…warm and humid today, the beginning of a hot and humid week next week..( a lot like Florida without the gators and big snakes… 🙂 ).. Therefore planning indoor tasks for next week… will be getting a new washer tomorrow so that will take care of Monday…while out and about, seen some zucchini ready…

zucc ready

Hopefully will make some zucchini bread next week, can put some in the freezer.. Also saw some cucumber ready (below my hand)…

cucum

Sliced cucumber and onions in a brine of water and dash of sea salt…yummmmy..will have to deal with them before for the squirrels decide to dine on them… has been very dry here but my occasional watering has kept things going… thought perhaps may get some rain this morning with some rain clouds nearby…

rain clouds

But no luck, too much dry air and with full sun, they dissipated.. As well as the veggies, I keep the watering holes filled with water (next to the brush pile)..

birdbath

Have six of them altogether scattered around the house and gardens….also keep the ground feeders stocked as the plants, trees, etc are stressed… after all that work of keeping feed and water for them, one would think the squirrels (sometimes referred to as “tree rats” in these parts by some irate gardeners 🙂 ) would be a little more appreciative..if you remember in my last weeks thoughts, I had mentioned squirrels digging in the pots and bins… I ventured out onto the deck this morning and found this….

squirrel damage

Apparently there were not enough room for my plants and the squirrels food, so the plant had to go… 🙂 fortunately the plants were old artificial ones that I had just stuck in the plant for decoration…. Put it back in the pot with a couple of moth balls to keep the squirrels out (would not do that with a live plant)…

Have been keeping an eye on the news (mistake!..depressing 🙂 ) and seeing the world in chaos and disagreement, everyone looking out for themselves, in this country, the USA, also… sadly watching the USA becoming what the founding fathers came to North America to get away from!!…they founded America so everyone could be free from prejudice, ridicule and hate, to follow their dreams, to live their lives as they wished to, not dictated to…if America wishes to know why it is not great, all the people have to do is look in the mirror… 🙂

That being said, spent the morning contemplating the future and words to a poem came into my thoughts, so in leaving, shall leave the poem and some thoughts by Barbra Streisand and I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise…

A Quiet Sunday Morning…

A quiet Sunday morning to wake up to
Sitting, gazing out, with a spot of tea,
Contemplating my tomorrows
Wondering, what will the future be.

A quiet Sunday morning, sun shining
Thinking about the path, its mysteries many fold,
Each to explore and treasure
Soon a treasured memory to behold.

A quiet Sunday morning, birds chirping
Another day to learn and explore about me.
It is my life.. only get one chance
Will have to do it my way.. don’t you see.

A quiet Sunday morning, being different
Reminding me of words from a song,
Where do I fit in, one asks
One wonders, where do I belong.

A quiet Sunday morning, on the path
At the end of it, on the horizon, a lovely rainbow,
It is there my answers lie… the truth is known
Until then, only Fate will know.

A quiet Sunday morning, spirit and mind at the ready
To seek the rainbow… perhaps around the next bend,
Once found, I’ll have my answers, you see
And that will be the beginning, not the end.
 
                           (Penned by Larry “Dutch” Woller 7/9/2017)

A little of this and a little of that on the path least traveled…

Diary from the path least traveled…

Hello Diary,

Finished the nails, thought I had better pop in and share a few thoughts… my nails are doing good…when I has my last checkup in March, the doc checked my nails (along with the rest of me) and said I were doing great, especially for my age..said whatever I was doing, stay with it… the answer of course is simple, it is my life and I am doing it my way… 🙂
Back to the nails…

nails 1

Due to the cost of nails, I “roll my own”… 🙂

nails

Stay with the pastels, though in the future may get fancy… 🙂 having a brief respite after the oppressive humidity of last week, though will be short lived as it is suppose to return starting later today and rest of next week…so relaxing today and enjoying life…

With the summer TV evening schedule ( I do not turn the TV on during the say, not till around 4 or 5 pm) being what it is, have been working on how to replace it with my little projects and hobbies the last week with not able to venture out and do all that much… exercise and work in the morning and relax and putter around in late afternoon and evening… not only do I have my chores and things needed doing, but also work with other organization;

COOP/SWOP Observer (since 2001 to present), NWS, ILX, NOAA, Dept of Commerce, USA.
Met Weather Office, United Kingdom.
Ebird (Cornell Lab of Orinthology/Audubon society).
BOINC Project (University of Berkeley, Calif.); Princess Margaret Cancer Center/World Community Grid, Setihome (astrophysics/astrobiology University of Berkeley, Calif.),  POEM@Home (Biology and Medicine, University of Karlsruhe, Germany/protein research).
Invasive Mosquito Project (USDA)

So I am active and that also helps with the mental health as well as the physical health… back to the weather, it has been very dry here and the plants, etc are showing some signs of distress… not only is the grass getting a bit of a brown tint, the ole apple tree is dropping apples because it is unable to sustain them…

ping pong apples

They are about the size of a ping pong ball…also the ground has become very hard and with my plants and veggies in bins and pots with soft compost and potting soil, the squirrels have taken up to doing their digging in the bins and pots… I have had to put wire around the pots and bins to protect the plants…

squirrel and tomatoes

With the dry conditions, they have also taken up chewing on my veggies, you can see where they have chewed on the zucchini…

squirrels and zucchini

So I am at present “dusting” some of the veggies not only for disease and bugs but also to keep the squirrels away… use Sevin dust… but it is about that time of year where one gets a little less rain and more heat, sometime hot.. 🙂 it is also that time of year when those migratory birds that decided to stay around have done their work and returning back south.. What use to be day filled with chirping and singing are now quiet for the most part (except for the A/C.. 🙂 ).. The feeders and bird baths are a bit more bare…

most birds gone

However, the little sparrows, who mainly stay the winter, love it because they have the feeders and bird baths to themselves without the bigger, bullying birds around..

sparrows alone

Well, Dairy, that is enough for today, before I go, I will share some thoughts by others;

“I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief” Gerry Spence

“A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.”  Mahatma Gandhi

“I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.” Maya Angelou

“Any piece of knowledge I acquire today has a value at this moment exactly proportioned to my skill to deal with it. Tomorrow, when I know more, I will recall that piece of knowledge and use it better.” Mark van Doten

And I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise… the world is still in a mess but take some advice from Bobby McFerrin…

Impatiens, Poems and Secret Gardens on the path least traveled…

Dear Diary from the path least traveled…

Hello Diary,

Bringing the week to an end, thought I would pop in and leave a few thoughts…it has been very dry and hot weather wise as of late and having that sinking feeling it may stay that way…took advantage of the cool morning yesterday and quickly prepared supper for Thurs., Fri., Sat. and Sun… wrapped them in plastic wrap and back in the fridge, now all I have to do is pop into the microwave..

supper ready

So far the yard and garden has been doing ok though watering that which is in containers and the veggie bins…with containers and bins, can just water the plants so no waste of water that way…my friend Wendy of putting containers with holes in the bottom next to the plants and can put water and fertilizer in the container to seep into the ground next to the plant… neat idea!!..

Anyway, been talking about other plants and veggies, have ignored my little impatiens..a hardy low light plant and they are doing just fine so far..

imp 1

Because of the plant being low light, have some indoors also..

imp 2

Have the indoor plants in a plastic storage container about the size of a shoe box, using the lid underneath to catch water…if you remember in last weeks blog about setting up a container for my onions indoors??…

new onion bed

Well, here it is today…what a difference a week makes… 🙂

tub onons

I seen a couple of hummingbirds flying about, so thought I would set up a feeder for them also…

hum feeder

I sprayed the hanger, NOT the feeder itself, with non-stick cooking spray..

no stick

Basically harmless to the environment but the ants don’t like it and it keeps them out of the feeder.. I have been asked on occasion if I will get another companion after the loss of little Bree…while we taught Miss Daisy..

daisya

and little Bree..

Bree and popcorn chicken

…that it is not proper to bite the UPS driver or the neighbor, we let them be what their spirit wanted to be, not what society necessarily wanted them to be…. to be intelligent, exploring free spirits, to be themselves..and by doing so they had their own precious personalities, to be different and like family became near and dear to us (there are people in the neighborhood and elsewhere ask about them and miss them to this day.. 🙂 )..if I were to get another it would be under the same circumstances and at this time do not have time to do that properly…I would never find another Bree or Daisy and thinking ahead, I do not want to get another companion and then pass on leaving the children to have to deal with it..I would not want the companion to end up in a shelter!..that being said, the answer at this time is “No”… but I still have the memories and the spirits of Bree and Daisy with me everywhere I go, especially the gardens… 🙂

And speaking of gardens, I have a poem about a not so secret garden that I will close with along with some music by Secret Garden… will leave now but shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise..

A Not So Secret Garden

I live in a not so secret garden
Along the path least traveled,
Quite unlike the other world
A world that has become unraveled.

A garden of peace and harmony
Being different does not matter here,
All creatures, big and small, living together
Unlike the other world, they do not live in fear.

Together we live the hand that Fate has dealt us
Not sure, or dwell, on our final destiny,
But live to enjoy the moment, the hour, the day
That is what life is about, don’t you see.

So into the not so secret garden I will venture
Along the path least traveled,
To find love, understanding, to follow one’s dreams
Unlike the other world unraveled.

(Larry “Dutch” Woller 6-23-2017)

Everything is beautiful on the path least traveled…

Dear Diary from the path least traveled…

Hello Diary,

It has been a hot and humid week with some occasional storms (may witness more later today)… other than some outdoor work early in the week, mainly indoors…did see the rat-tail radish doing well in the weather conditions..

rattail2

Decided to pick a few and have a couple here with a standard #2 wood pencil to give you an idea of the size…

rattail 1

As I have said, they look like a green bean with a tail but have the flavor of a radish…the plant does well in hot, dry and humid conditions.. the regular radish would be difficult, if not impossible, to grow in the same conditions..will move the rat-tail indoors in the future..with the change in climate, etc have been experimenting with growing indoors (a number of places in the world already do that)…not going to be able feed the world 🙂 but hopefully will have some veggies for me and it will give me something to do also…

Check the Roma tomatoes this morning (indoors) and they are doing well..

indoortomato

Also started some Fuchsia seeds in hanging pots..will see how they do…

fuschia

And decided that the pots that I had onion plants in were not well suited for growing onions, so decided on trying a small Rubbermaid tub..

new onion bed

And thought I would make an attempt to grow button mushrooms.. after doing a bit of research, purchased some mushroom culture (in the syringe) and volunteered my old lunch bucket for a bed…

mush bin 1

Ventured out where they ground up the tree stump and gathered some mulch, had a lot of sawdust stored and used some of that and added some coffee grounds…

mush bin 2

Then I added a thermometer so I can watch the temperature..in the summer controlling the temperature will be my biggest problem…

mush bin 3

Have been glancing at the news briefly every morning and nothing has changed…greed, power hunger, suffering, anger, hate, etc… a world in chaos with the idea that only violence and force will change and fix things when in reality all it creates is more violence and hate..unfortunately the side effect of technology helping to fuel extremism… 😦 I wrote a poem and have posted before but think it is well to post it again..

Maybe No More Children Will Die!!!

I set here looking at the news
The powers wanted peace they say,
And while they spoke, bombs were dropped
60 children died that day!

What’s wrong with this idea?
Why not give PEACE a try,
Let’s give it a go, everyone
Maybe no more children will die

Smiles on their faces, while shaking hands
Arms deals for defense would come into play,
A bomb went off in a crowded market
10 children died that day.

What’s wrong with this idea?
Why not give a world without bombs a try,
Let’s give it a go, everyone
Maybe no more children will die

A war to end all wars, they said
Yet to war they always return,
Death, destruction, suffering and pain
Won’t they every learn?

What’s wrong with this idea?
Let’s give LEARNING a try,
Let’s give it a go, everyone
Maybe no more children will die.

Anger versus anger, hate versus hate
Seeds sown by war at home and away,
Starvation , sickness, a mother in tears
A 100 children died that day.

What’s wrong with this idea?
Why not give LOVE a try,
Let’s give it a go, everyone
Maybe no more children will die.
(copyright, Larry “Dutch” Woller, 9-17-08)

One can only look at the stars on a quiet night and wonder how wonderful this world would be without hate, anger and conflict and that ideology which fuels hate, anger and conflict… maybe one day a generation will witness that, likely I will not… although there are no hate, anger and conflict on the path least traveled… 🙂

Well, Diary, thought I would take a break in the activities and share a few thoughts, but now I must leave and get on with the day..have a few things to do to prepare for next week and the possibility of maybe some storms later…but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise…

While, as the world knows, I am not into religion, I do agree with Ray Stevens that everything is beautiful in its own way!!

Dear Diary from the path least traveled…

Hello Diary,

Thought I’d pop in briefly and share some thoughts before getting on with the day… got a heat wave coming so spent last week preparing for that, have a few minor projects today and tomorrow but for the most part will be listening to relaxing music and searching for rainbows on the path least traveled… 🙂 not much rain forecasted with the heat wave so watered the veggie garden (being in pots and bins, will not be over watering and wasting water).. Green beans, zucchini, cucumbers etc are doing fine..

GB, zucchini and cuc

Had to cage them to keep the squirrels and rabbits out, don’t use chemicals… the rat tail radish is doing quite well also, does well in heat unlike the regular radish..

rar-rail radish

Already pulled the onions so will start growing them indoors rather than in the heat… walked by the water gardens and it was coming into its own (also had a few tadpoles)…

water garden

So managed to get outside work done, ready for the heat wave… 🙂 while moving about, heard the distinct sound of a little house wren (slightly bigger than a humming bird).. So I stopped briefly and looked about and saw the little bird setting on a telephone line…

wren on line

Decided to take a break and wait around for awhile and see what the little bird will do next…appears it has decided to set up housekeeping in one of my weather instruments…. 🙂

wren

No harm to the bird or instrument but not sure how well it will like being woke up in the mornings when I check the instruments.. 🙂 and speaking of dealing with the heat, came up with a idea combining learning Spanish with working a puzzle…

spanish and puzzle

Can relax, stay cool and learn Spanish while working the puzzle in the evenings… 🙂 also prepared all my evening meals..

supper

Those which I will eat right away in the fridge, the rest in the freezer (meals prepared till Friday of next week.. 🙂 ), when I am ready just pop them in the microwave, no need to cook in the heat… 🙂

While getting ready to upload this blog, I briefly checked the news, here and around the world and with great sadness I may add.. all the conflicts, anger and hate in the world and America, most (if not all) fueled by two things, religion and guns (kind of like giving a drunk the keys to the car).. one can only dream of how wonderful this world could be without religion and guns… what they need are rainbows like here on the path least traveled.. 🙂

Well, Diary, I have taken enough of your time and I need to venture on down the path and smell the flowers and search for rainbows..but I shall return one day, share some memories and thoughts, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise..

Will leave some rainbow thoughts..

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” Maya Angelou

“Walk on a rainbow trail; walk on a trail of song, and all about you will be beauty. There is a way out of every dark mist, over a rainbow trail. “ Robert Motherwell

“If I traveled to the end of the rainbow as Dame Fortune did intend, Murphy would be there to tell me the pot’s at the other end.” Ed Koch

“Diversity has been written into the DNA of American life; any institution that lacks a rainbow array has come to seem diminished, if not diseased.” Joe Klein

And some thoughts from Kermit and Louis Armstrong…