Walk with the Dragon Flies



I walk with the Dragon Flies today.  I know the time is fleeting but it is spectacular.  Little living helicopters  with beautiful colors.  Blues, greens blacks and all colors of the rainbow sparkling in the sun.  Buzzing up and down, side to side furiously.  Living fully but quickly.  All too soon the Dragon Flies will leave for another year.  Tomorrow I walk with the Dragon Flies…


The Simplest Things


Eat well, get plenty of rest and regular exercise. How many times have I heard this? Enough that it sounds like the adults speaking in a Charlie Brown movie. I don’t believe I’ve followed that advice in the past. I spent too many years eating chips and soda and not a meal. Exercise was no fun. Who wants to get all sweaty and stinky anyway? Sleep is a fantasy with four children.  As my mind continues to clear I can see how simple the answer. I can eat well, get plenty of rest and regular exercise. These are now my priorities. It may seem selfish to focus on myself. It would be easier for me to give up. Getting better is hard, but my loved ones deserve to have me healthy and productive. I’m there for them. Everything else will fall into place. I will keep trying every day to improve my health. I will get there by doing the simplest things.

Pearl’s Chicken Swing


We have four lovely chickens and two ducks.  Lately, I’ve noticed the chickens seem a little bored.  The ducks spend most of the day happily swimming in the pond.  I keep finding the chickens standing on the steps to the duck pond just looking in. I don’t expect the chickens to take up swimming. Instead, I made them a swing.

I’ve seen chicken swings on the web before and the design seemed simple enough for me to make.  I found a branch about the diameter they like to perch on and long enough they could all sit on it at once.  I simply tied some rope to each end of the branch and then tied the other end to a branch on the apple tree growing in their run.

The chickens paid no attention to the swing, so we put the “queen” chicken, Pearl, on the swing first.  She is very calm and doesn’t seem to mind being handled.  Pearl sat on the swing for a bit then jumped off.  We put each of the other chickens on the swing one at a time.  Pearl is the only one who will sit on it for any length of time.   I believe they will warm up to it and I feel better that they have something else to do besides watching the ducks swim.

Tomato Plant Haircut


A few weeks after transplanting outside, one of my tomato plants started developing yellow leaves.  I thought maybe I hadn’t watered it enough.  Another week passed with more water and more yellow leaves.  Something is wrong here.  I checked the leaves for aphids and didn’t see any.  Not all the leaves are turning yellow and they didn’t start from the bottom.  The yellowing seems to spread around the plant.  According to some of the plant health sites I visited this could be a fungus or some other pest, but I’m really not sure.  I usually have good luck with tomatoes.


I’m not fond of using pesticides, fungicides or other chemicals on my plants, so I decided on another approach.  I cut off all the yellow leaves and threw them away.  The plant looks better, but I can tell it’s not thriving.  I’ll let it continue to grow as long as it will, but once fall comes, I’m going to cover the soil in that garden with plastic to sterilize what ever is in there that is not friendly.  I’m also planning a new garden with a little more direct sun.  I’ve grown tomatoes in the same spot for 3 years now.  It’s probably a good time to rotate and grow them elsewhere.  We’ll see what happens.