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

Diary from the path least traveled..

Hello Diary,

It has been awhile since I shared a few thoughts, don’t have a great deal to share today, a little of this and a little of that, but have a few moments before getting on with the day…..have been preparing for fall and winter outdoors, taking advantage of the weather…time is moving on and soon ole Jack Frost will be putting in an appearance…
Worked on getting the leaf netting over the pond with the fish….

leaf net pond

It will keep debris and leaves out of the pond and when winter arrives with freezing temps, will put some clear plastic sheeting over the netting and that will help prevent the pond from freezing solid…the fish stay in year around… also got the netting ready for the deck to keep leaves from gathering, and can set out there without leaves falling on me…

leaf net deck

Yesterday, Friday the 22nd, was the first day of fall and with the leaves on the ground, it was looking like fall…

fall leaves

However, as the phrase goes; “looks can be deceiving” 🙂 …. woke up yesterday to a warm and muggy, foggy morning…

shallw ground level fog 9-22-2017

The high temperature for the first day of fall was 93 degrees with humidity to match, much the same for the rest of last week, and for the next three days… instead of feeling like a fall day on the prairies of Illinois, it felt more like summer in the land of gators and big snakes… 🙂 so much so the even a squirrel had to stop for a break in its busy day…

squirrel break

Well, believe I will stop for now and finish the day before the heat of the day… before I go, will leave some thoughts in the form of a poem….

I set here with my tea
And watch the leaves a fallin’
It’s becoming clear that one day soon
Jack Frost will come a callin’

Most of my bird friends have went south
In the southern warmth they’ll stay
But I’ll not shed a tear in sorrow
For they’ll be back again some day

All us creatures that are staying behind
To deal with the cold and snow
Are getting our house in order
And waiting for winter’s blow

The squirrels are gathering leaves and such
To insulate their winters nest
The possum is checking every nook and cranny
To find a place for his winters rest

The bee’s are picking up the pace
Gathering nectar with the morning sun
Storing winter food for the hive
Before their work on earth is done

A spider spinning it’s web of silk
I watched as it grew and grew
Soon to become natures work of art
With tomorrow’s early morning dew

This poem could go on and on and on
But alas, I have things to do
For, like it or not, don’t you see
I need to get ready for winter too.
(Larry “Dutch” Woller, 10/14/2007)

That being said, it is on down the path least traveled I will go, but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise…

And speaking of autumn, a song by Nat King Cole that was a favorite to dance to…

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Hawks, sparrows and noodles on the path least traveled….

Diary from the path least traveled..

Hello Diary,

Unlike other parts of the world, it is a quiet Sunday morning with sun and blue skies here on the path least traveled… a relaxing day to be had before preparing for winter and other projects starting next week…will take advantage of the pleasant weather next week and work outdoors.. So thought I would pop in briefly and share a few thoughts before venturing on down the path least traveled…

Had a yearning for tips and noodles so purchased a small pork loin roast yesterday to be cup up into “pork tips…first thing to get rid of as much fat as possible…

pork roast

Once done, I cut up into about 1” squares, added a bit of pepper, garlic, poultry seasoning, sprayed with butter and put in the fridge to marinate a bit…

pork roast #2

After a time, put them on a tray to broil in the roaster oven…

pork roast #3

Once done, put most on cookie sheets to put in the freezer so the tips will not stick together (once frozen, will put in zip-lock bags) but saved a handful for diner…added some buttered egg noodles, buttered mashed potatoes covered with bacon bits and parsley, cheesy cauliflower and one has dinner…. 🙂

pork dinner

While waiting for the pork to cook, I glanced out the utility room window and saw a disgruntled Red-tail hawk setting on the fence by the feeder…

red tail hawk

There were about 20 sparrows hiding in the brush pile and the hawk was trying to figure out a method to get to the little sparrows but after a time, decided to move on… 🙂

Well, the washing machine just buzzed at me so I had better close and get on with the day, leisurely… 🙂 before I do, I will leave some thoughts by others….;

“Standing up for oneself is not always easy but it is often the only way to walk our true life path. The beaten path only gets you where most people go. Be original and explore new roads.”
― Nanette Mathews

“Becoming free is learning about yourself; the scared and the insecure, the brilliant and the bold. Embrace both and the journey is yours and yours alone. No longer are you following another’s directions and your path and purpose will present themselves. Only then might you find another wandering soul doing the same thing, who can walk with you but on their own journey. All of a sudden you might find a shared passion and a wrinkled map on the trail that makes sense.”
― Riitta Klint

“The one who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The one who walks alone, is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been.”
Albert Einstein

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”
Robert Frost

So, it is HI HO HI HO and on down the path least traveled I go…but I shall return one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise……

And speaking of rising creeks, there are, and will be, a lot of folks south of the Mason/Dixon line today that are asking the same question as Johnny Cash…

Ham and beans and earrings on the path least traveled…

Diary from the path least traveled..

Hello Diary,

Relaxing for awhile on a Saturday of a holiday weekend listening to some bossa nova… 🙂 and thought I would pop in and share a few thoughts before getting on with the weekend…. have been busy making some changes in the ole routine.. for beginners; changing the meal times around and will have the heavier meal at lunch time and a lighter meal at evening dinner..they say it is better that way and sounds good to me… so will give it a go… 🙂

Also some programs on TV that I would not mind watching is on after I have retired for the night, many on PBS…so being as how I am a sustaining donor to the local college PBS station, I can get online and watch video streaming of those programs.. Sooooooooooooooo, setting up a spare laptop that I rarely use…

pctv

I can now use it as a TV and watch those programs at my leisure, clever, eh?.. 🙂 also had a rainy day last week and all under control, decided to make some earrings out of broken necklaces…also had some lose parts from broken earrings, etc to add…one style…

ear1

And another style…

ear2

And pulled out all the stops on this pair..didn’t have much supplies to work with at the time but used parts of two plastic spoons, some paint and a brush and some imagination and I have a pair of earrings with a rainbow on one side and blue skies, clouds and a bit of sun on the other..

ear rainbow

Decided to prepare a meal for Labor Day… in history’s past and when my family were into camping, Labor Day usually were the last holiday weekend to go camping and it became tradition to have ham and beans and Brats… I had a tripod for a campfire and would cook the ham and beans for several hours over a wood fire using a cast iron pot…the only way to cook ham and beans is with a cast iron pot no matter what the source of heat is… these days I use a energy efficient hot plate/burner with the cast iron pot and simmer for several hours…

hot plate

I usually purchase a ham, bone in, a de-bone the ham leaving some meat and skin attached and put the bone in the pot with beans, pepper and onion… sometimes I will grille the bratwurst or sometimes I will put thawed out brats in with the ham and beans a couple of hours or so before the beans are finished… and in the end add some buttered, cheesy zucchini and I have Labor Day dinner.. 🙂

beans and brats

Believe I shall close for now and get on with the day and weekend…it is about choices on the path least traveled and here are a few words from others about life’s choices..

“Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to male mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it.”
Kevyn Aucoin

Life’s Choices

Life is full of choices
Make sure you pick the right one,
Don’t listen to the voices
Hear only yours and you have won.

Many people will tell you
You need to change your looks,
Don’t take to heart their view
Fabulous bods are found only in books.

There is only one voice
That you should listen to,
It will help make the right choice
That is perfect just for you.

Your looks are your own
Someone will always love you,
You will never be alone
Look in the mirror and you’ll see who.
by Rose

That being said, it is on down the path I go leaving no stone unturned..but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise… and here on the path, we agree with Mr. Armstrong.. 🙂

Waking up on the green side of the grass on the path least traveled…

Diary from the path least traveled…

Hello Diary,

A lovely Saturday ( I woke up on the green side of the grass… 🙂 ), don’t have all that much to say today but thought I would pop in and share a few thoughts before venture on down the path of life, otherwise known as the path least traveled… 🙂 have pleasant weather today, unlike other parts of the world, a good day to relax with a spot of tea and contemplate the tomorrows…. one thing sure, fall is on the horizon…. picked the last of the greenbeans and cucumbers as I believe the plants have run their course…

last of the green beans, cuc

Due to the weather and climate, the tomatoes are having a rough season but have started to harvest some…

tomatoes

Have Roma’s and Edith Purple Ball heirloom tomatoes and they are the right size for putting in the freezer…just clean the tomato, put in a zip lock bag and in the freezer… cannot slice the tomato but will thaw out like a stewed or canned tomato, the skins fall off and they are good for eating, soups, stews, salsa, etc…

Had a wisdom tooth pulled earlier this week so have been taking it a bit easy while it heals.. So what can one do while nursing a pulled tooth, one would ask?… snap and clean green beans for the freezer, of course… 🙂

snapping green beans

Well, that is about it for today I believe… instead of putting a damper on today’s thoughts, instead of the news, will just leave some poetry about change and moving on…

CHOICE
I’ll be what I must be, in spite of me
as life won’t always give the things I choose
and so I have to make what has to be
into the things my life and I can use.

All roads don’t lead to Rome, as it’s been said,
but some to Paris, and a little fun,
so I will change the path where I would dread
to go to where I choose, when I am done.

I’ll not be forced into a better scheme
if I can’t see the end result my way
if it’s not part of what my heart can dream
it never will come to the light of day.

All things can change, if I have any voice
in what they are, and I will make the choice.
(Vee Bdosa 2014)

Winds of Change…

I watched that heavy door begin to close,
all the while the winds above me rose.
The years whisper and whistle back into my ear,
the memories haunted by sorrows and fear.

With a new day it finally dawned on me,
the past needed locking and I had the key.
Leave it behind, leap and fly away free,
let the winds of change blow and carry me.

Feel them lifting my wings now able to soar,
up to an open sky and caged no more.
Flying so fast to where no hurt can find,
a place of peace now inhabits my mind.

This heart full of courage never ceases to beat,
knowing my history is not destined to repeat.
Clear paths now lead me to a new destination,
for my life, my future and the next generation.
(Kelly Deschler 3/26/2016)

The calm that comes with morning light.
Lying here… from an untroubled night.
Alone, awake after restful sleep.
No tears left, no tears to weep.

Dreaming where dreams were never seen.
Free from all that might have been.
By myself with a pristine heart,
to begin again; a brand new start.

No more fear as I arise.
No sadness here to burn my eyes.
Only peace to guide my way.
No more guilt to mar the day.

My spirit rises in the sun,
as life again has just begun.
(Francis J Grasso 1/20/2017)

So, will take my leave now, on down the path least traveled I shall venture, eagerly awaiting to see what is around the next bend….but shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise…

Oh, by the way, Diary, do you have a secret garden?… I do, a place where lovers and dreamers go, where one can be who they are, what they believe, can be different and fit right in…a place to meditate and contemplate all the tomorrows and Fate..

yen garden

It’s my yen garden, and like life and the universe, always evolving and changing… 🙂 and if you do not have a secret garden, Diary, perhaps the group Secret Garden can help you…

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

Diary from the path least traveled…

Hello Diary,

A relaxing Sunday, after a busy week, to behold…thought I would pop in briefly and share a few thoughts before continuing on with the day… as I were out and about taking stock of the yard and gardens, I noticed a butterfly busy gathering food for whatever journey it will go on…

butterfly

Do not see many butterflies anymore…use to see hundreds of them during the course of spring to fall, especially the Monarch, but due to climate change and the use of chemicals, the populations of butterflies have decreased considerably..same to be said about bee’s… did see one bumblebee the other day, no honeybees to be found…have the same impact on hummingbirds…they all eat nectar or, in the case of hummingbirds, small insects and the use of chemicals on the plants kill bees and hummingbirds also….

Heard some noise and saw a bluejay sounding off while feeding before venturing on moving south…

Blue jay

Had 6 bluejays moving through on Friday…still getting a few stragglers of migratory birds moving through at times…my rat-tail raddish has nearly run it’s course (like the rest of the veggies) and will start saving seeds soon….

seed saving

The path least traveled is slowly moving into the fall mode to prepare for the coming winter…suppose to be a eclipse Monday, so thought I would use my old cell phone which I currently use as a camera and hopefully take a selfie of the eclipse rather than try to look at it…clever, eh?.. 🙂 there is also the possibility that due to cloud cover, may not see it, just observe the darkness…

Believe I had briefly mentioned the wedding of my grandson and his wife last Saturday… here is a picture of the bride, a lovely young lady indeed..

Katheryn

And here is a picture of Dan…looks a good deal like a college professor… 🙂

Dan

Unfortunately, due to time and distance I was unable to attend…however I believe all went well and wish both Dan and Katheryn eternal happiness!!!..

Briefly on the dark side, unfortunately not much has changed in the world order since my last blog…. chaos, hate, anger, extremism, ideological and financial greed still exists and doesn’t appear to be going away soon…BUT, us dreamers and rainbow chasers have hope…. 🙂

HOPE IS

Hope is a feather floating in a bright blue sky
Hope is that sparkle that shines in your eyes.
Hope is a butterfly fluttering on the wind
Hope is good times spent with family and friends.

Hope is a newborn baby’s cry
Hope is a Mother’s lullaby.
Hope is the rainbow after a rain
Hope is the harvest of golden grain.

Hope is the light that keeps darkness at bay
Hope is the breeze on a hot summer day.
Hope is ever present and free of cost
Hope is the last thing ever lost.

Hope is staying positive when the going gets tough
Hope is seeking change when you feel you’ve had enough.
Hope is recovery from simmering sorrow
Hope is believing in a brighter tomorrow.
Linda Hotger

As I have discovered after helping my late wife, and others, deal with cancer and other diseases, hope is the last thing to die!… 🙂

That being said, will draw to a close my ramblings about this and that and prepare to venture on down the path least traveled…

Let me but live my life from year to year,
With forward face and unreluctant soul;
Not hurrying to, nor turning from the goal;
Not mourning for the things that disappear
In the dim past, nor holding back in fear
From what the future veils; but with a whole
And happy heart, that pays its toll
To Youth and Age, and travels on with cheer.

So let the way wind up the hill or down,
O’er rough or smooth, the journey will be joy:
Still seeking what I sought when but a boy,
New friendship, high adventure, and a crown,
My heart will keep the courage of the quest,
And hope the road’s last turn will be the best.
Henry Van Dyke

To continue to explore and chase rainbows, but shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise… Secret Garden has a song for hope….

Sparrows, veggies and the last rose of summer on the path least traveled….

Diary from the path least traveled…

Hello Diary,

A pleasant, sunny Saturday to behold today…just popping in to share a few brief thoughts before shutting down technology and venturing down the path least traveled…. my grandson and his lovely bride are getting married today…would have liked to have been there but, alas, circumstances were not favorable…will be there in spirit….hope each and every day of their lives is filled with peace, love and happiness!!…

Glanced a wee bit at the “dark side”, the news…see Trump is being the typical arrogant bully, doesn’t know how to work with people.. threatening this one and that one…like a good number of people, can stay in the safety of home and “talk the talk” but don’t have the back bone to “walk the walk”… mostly an illusion created by fancy, false words… myself;
“I have a greater peace of mind by being straightforward and truthful about myself and letting the chips fall where they may, rather than to wake up tomorrow morning and have to deal with a falsehood I told yesterday.” (Larry Woller 7-30-2017.)

Managed to accomplish a great deal last week with the weather being pleasant… managed another batch of zucchini and green beans, two pounds of each…

2 lb GBzucch

Will taste pretty good this winter.. 😉 also did a bit indoors, moving little tablet and setting up a “classroom” of sorts..better to work on my Spanish and other things….

School desk

While outdoors doing tasks and dealing with the vegetables I ventured into the water gardens and saw the lilies in full bloom.. There are four small ponds altogether, fish being in the larger one but have lilies in two of the ponds… one pond has a red one…

red lily

The other pond has a white lily..

white lily

While in and out of the house I noticed it were feeding time for the little sparrows…with the large birds mostly gone, the sparrows are out in force…in the following picture there are near 40 of them…

sparrow feeding

I have a small brush pile next to the ground feeder, loosely stacked, and at the first sign of danger, every one of those little birds will disappear in the brush pile in a flash… 🙂 use to have an occasional hawk put in an occasional appearance but not so much any more… 🙂

It is near middle of August and soon will start leaving summer and going into fall…there are already signs of that while I was venturing out… saw the shells of Cicada (sometimes erroneously referred to as “katy-dids” because of the noise they make)..
cicada

When they are in unison, one can hear them all over town…. the veggies are starting to fade also, probably will not get many more…also the rose bush is nearing the end of its lovely blooming…

last rose of summer

Alas all creatures will have to deal with the same destiny, our adventure in life to come to an end, our “blooms” to fade away..but;

“Dying is merely the process of transferring from mortality to immortality, from one state of being to another state of being, from one dimension to another dimension, etc. depending on one’s personal beliefs… however, one should not dwell on the hereafter much or one will miss all the wonderful moments of the present… “ (Larry Woller 8-7-2017).

Well, better sign off and prepare to enjoy the day and weekend before the start of a new week and new adventures…a new adventure around every bend on the path least traveled…but I shall return one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise…

Yes, one day in the future, I too shall become the Last Rose of Summer…

Clouds, beans and clotheslines on the path least traveled…

Diary from the path least traveled…

Hello Diary,

Not a Sunday but Saturday morning here…some rain forecasted for Sunday and maybe some thunderstorms (nothing severe at this time) so thought I would post today, Diary, as I will not get online if there are storms…more like a fall day on the prairies with cool temperatures, a cool breeze and some low SC clouds…

fall clouds

And speaking of storms, I am at the ready should I need to move to shelter quickly.. have carryall (on the left with a weeks worth of medication) nearby with the tablet carrying case (purse), phone and tablet..

ready for emergency

Can use it for emergencies or if I need to pack it to go somewhere, don’t have items scattered all over the house… 🙂 managed to pick more green beans so sit down and snapped beans..

pick gb

And then cleaned and blanched the beans, then put the beans on a cookie sheet for the freezer…

grb on tray

Once frozen, I can put them in a Ziploc bag and back in the freezer..can use however many I wish without having to thaw out all of them… afterwards did the laundry and hung up to dry… have clotheslines indoors (1 of 3)…

clothesline

Can even dry bedsheets… saves on electric bill, reduces emissions and dependence on fossil fuels and the clothes smell good, how cool is that!… 🙂 … can do it year around and if need be have a ceiling fan I can turn on…wash the clothes one day and take down and fold the next morning… I would go outdoors but with the trees, birds and other creatures, would have to stand guard with a shotgun… 🙂

Will briefly chat about what I refer to these days as the “dark side”, and that is the “news”, of course.. I know there is good news but have to deal with the not so good news also and today it is religion.. I see all the conflicts, pain and suffering, hate and anger that is present in today’s world ( and may have some impact on me in some form) and the source responsible is religion.. one can only imagine, dream about how peaceful this world would be without religion…would like to share a quote by one of this country’s (USA) founding fathers, Thomas Paine;

“I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church.
All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.
I do not mean by this declaration to condemn those who believe otherwise; they have the same right to their belief as I have to mine. But it is necessary to the happiness of man, that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving; it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe.” Thomas Paine

Well, enough of that, too pleasant a day to dwell on such matters for any length of time…will close for now and venture on down the path least traveled, chasing the elusive rainbow, smelling the flowers and enjoying life… but I shall return one day to share more thoughts and memories, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise…

I believe the New Seekers said it best..