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The simple pleasures of the day (please add your own)

 
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Watching 3 of my young Muscovy ducks who just couldn't wait for me to rinse, move and refill the stock tank which I'd opened the valve on so it would drain while I did other field chores. They just had to jump into the tank and play in the two inches of water that don't drain out! Of course, once I'd filled it, the geese chased the ducks off so they got first swim - the splashing was impressive!
 
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I love hearing the noises of the countryside from our terrace. Birds, deer, more birds, frogs...

 
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Waking up to this.

I've been struggling with my sleep. Paul gets up earlier than I do and makes our coffee.

The nights/mornings are cooler, and he knows I like my coffee hot. So he turned on his steampunk lamp (with an incandescent bulb of course!) to keep it warm for me.

Ahhhh! Sweet!
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Seeing pretty flowers while planting seeds on Fred's plot!



 
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I enjoy how a tractor can have a smaller turning radius than a van. I think its nice to be able to simply turn around a tractor, instead of doing three-point turns in a van. (context: I was trying to haul small buckets of sand from Arrakis by loading them into a van, and then, I used a tractor!)
 
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I think that hanging out with family for the holidays is wonderful!
 
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Simple pleasure of the day is when I sit down in the evening, after a day of working outdoors, with a cup of hot coffee and enjoying the quiet. Just sitting, quiet and still, and thinking over my accomplishments of the day and what still needs doing, and sipping hot delicious coffee. Preferably in a darkened room.
 
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Although I have a simplistic, semi reclusive lifestyle (by choice), there is so much that I take pleasure in on a daily basis.  Suffice to say that having had 3 close encounters with death (all over 5 decades ago now - various accidents), just being able to wake up each day affords a very real and lasting sweetness that has never left me.

My naturalistic garden gives me a lot of pleasure - I attach some photos below, but I am making this post today because of this news which I find inspiring in its endorsement!

https://www.ecowatch.com/queen-elizabeth-climate-activists-2641905268.html

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Amy, are you my long lost twin?? LOL!  I too lead a semi recluse life, by my choice.  And I too have had a few very close encounters with death, but thankfully was able to come through and recover for the most part.

The pictures of your garden are lovely.
 
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Ysella Owen wrote:Amy, are you my long lost twin?? LOL!  I too lead a semi recluse life, by my choice.  And I too have had a few very close encounters with death, but thankfully was able to come through and recover for the most part.

The pictures of your garden are lovely.



Hi Ysella!  I dare say there are many who are semi reclusive on this forum!  Glad you recovered from those close death encounters and hope you gained some positives from them.

Thanks for the garden compliment.  Not everyone can appreciate a naturalistic garden, i.e. giving nature a chance to show her beauty without pruning everything back to within 1" of its life! 🤪
 
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I almost said something about how I like your natural garden--for the very virtue of being cultivated but in a way that adds to the natural beauty.  I garden in a similar way. I love my roses, lilies and annuals, but I also like wildflowers and native plants. It can be tricky combining them so one doesn't swamp the other. I have some successes and some failures, but it's all learning.

Yes, I did take some positive lessons from my near death experiences. In retrospect.

I saw you have a loquat tree in your picture.  Mine is blooming right now, and has been for about six weeks. It's just about done blooming. I'm at about the northern boundary for it's growth, and most winters I lose the fruit as they freeze off. But occasionally we have a mild winter and I get some fruit. At least the ones the squirrels and birds don't get to first. I love the fragrance of loquat blooms.
 
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I'm dog-sitting for a friend. Ky and I went for an early walk and the recently persistent clouds and rain decided to take a break. It was about 8:15 am and the sun was shining through the trees almost horizontally (we have tall trees!). There was a lot of mist rising and the sun was lighting up the mist in streaks. It gave me hope that the rain will hold off long enough for at least some of the puddles to soak in, but even if it doesn't, it was beautiful to see.
 
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Getting up at 6am to go fishing.
What a morning!
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Watching the spring lambs jumping!

 
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Seeing this fella so happy making stairs for our new place, chasing his dreams and being a total, utter support to me.

 
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Sunrise!

I am an early riser—I typically get up at around 4:00am.  I get up, head downstairs, get my coffee and open the window shades.  I like to see a dark sky while I start to read over Permies.  As I read and write I watch the sky to see it brighten, become colorful with morning light, and eventually the sun peeks over the horizon.  

As soon as the sun rises, my morning is over and my day begins.

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Yesterday I was sitting in a cafe having a hot chocolate (recovering from being caught out in heavy rain).  I was thinking about how in crisis mode everything seems to be getting - what with climate change (in UK there are severe and prolonged vast flooded areas), the Australian bushfires, the uncertainty over the coronavirus taking hold and spreading, the crazy sporadic hate killings by extremists etc. etc.

Just then, in front of me, I saw a young girl being embraced by her slightly older brother - smiling and touching cheeks; their shared affection was very evident.  It was uplifting, very sweet and welcoming.  
 
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this week has been absolute frenzy.... long holiday next week (Carnaval means Monday, Tuesday, and half of Wednesday are off), which means most of my clients are hopping around like crazy with projects before they leave. Last weekend was the hottest day of the year so far and the garden has been wild (rain every morning), but fully neglected.
The best part of my day, every day, has been going outside to hunt grasshoppers. I don't go in til I get at least one (they are eating my eggplants and long beans). For a few minutes I can forget my clients and basically reenact Caddyshack in my backyard, sans explosives of course. Also, I get the critter in the end.
 
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The greenhouse is over 70 soaking up the heat on a haybale seat.
 
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I thought about this this morning, so it's fitting I would see this thread.


There was a few minutes this morning of calm; the children were playing on the living room floor, acoustic music was our background soundtrack, and I was feeling warm from the wood stove. And I was struck with that feeling you get at such times, when your heart and body feel full and whole and present.


It didn't last of course, because children have better things to do then sustain a moment of serenity. But it was glorious while it lasted. :)



 
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The daily chores of taking care of our homestead/animals is probably the most fulfilling part of my day.
 
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As I sit in my chair reading this.  I notice the bird feeders are near empty.  I never considered bird watching a pastime of mine but I suppose that morning  coffee and watching the birds are an essential part of my morning.

In human services there is an old concept called "non negotiables".   Theses are the normally simple routines we have in our lives that make life normal for us. Often we are not aware they exist.   Often they  may not make sense to others.

To share, I learned that I must have two cups of coffee in the morning.  I learned this when a friend provided me with one huge cup.  I felt cheated.  To clarify, I would much rather have 2 six ounce cups than 1 twenty ounce cup.  I suspect the first cup is chill time.  The second cup signals the need to get moving.

 
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Hi William,

Indeed. I really enjoy my mornin circuit of feeding the livestock.  One of my goats in particular greets me. And then there is our alpha cat that supervises me.
 
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One of the more pleasant moments of my life: I am a morning person. My wife stays up late.  Anyway , she came to bed,  and I realized the living room tv was still on.  I asked her , and she responded that the cats were still watching  it.  I got up to turn it off, and there they were ... all six of them...sitting side by side on the coffee table watching a "Wild Kingdom" type show with the lioness chasing a Zebra and cheering for the home team.  I left the tv on and went back to bed.
 
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I was looking for this thread but couldn't find it - now I did thanks to the new post!

OK, my top three pleasures of the last days:

Wednesday evening, my husband returned from Argentina and the family is reunited. It was a long, complicated trip to cut a necessary stay short where he tried to solve some legal and organisational issues related to his mother's death (he had planned to stay till the end of March when it became clear that all future flights would be cancelled).

New seeds! Some were brought by my husband from Argentina, some received in the mail so I could sow more plants. And soon, probably today, I will get more seeding trays that I found cheap on ebay.

Yesterday: Working almost all day in the garden, planting the little Nashi tree and the black raspberry. Today is cold and rainy but that is ok.
 
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Simple pleasure are so meaningful right now!  Something as simple as this:



Or even this:



These are some of my friends:

 
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Wish the picture did the rainbow more justice, 'twas  a lovely moment.
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Yesterday: My tomatillo seeds are sprouting! That was quicker than I thought.
Today: I am so happy I have a stable and good-tasting yoghurt strain that supplies me with homemade yoghurt as long as I can get milk!
 
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Julia Child's Recipe for White Bread.  

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Today I posted a picture of my latest soudough loaf to Facebook.

A distant cousin from the US commented and asked if I had used a family recipe.

No, neither my mother nor my grandmothers baked bread at all.
But then I remembered that our common ancestor in the 1880s baked famous sourdough loaves. She had seven children and together with the maid they made big amounts of dough in the troughs and then carried the loaves to the bakehouse of the village.
She had moved to Bavaria from Baden and did not like the heavily condimented Bavarian loaves.
Whenever students came over to lunch to chat with my great-great-grandfather, who was agricultural professor at the nearby university, they consumed slice after slice - much to the amusement of the children.

This thought made me smile as I am indeed following a family tradition, but one that goes back a bit further.
(I am sure many of my ancestors did bake their own bread, but I have detailed descriptions of this particular GG grandmother).
 
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Little turds left on the terrace tell me that our hedgehog (or one of our hegdehogs) is patrouling the garden at night!

And yesterday my eldest daughter was motivated to help me in the garden (a rare thing) and we planted most of our small veggie beds with seedlings started in the greenhouse.
 
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I also had a fabulous permie visitor! A mama parasitic wasp laid its eggs on a tomato hornworm. Here's hoping they all grow up and come back. Makes me feel like occasionally things all work out on this little no-gick urban farm.
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Wandering garden and yard.  Seeing what is going on, and ever picking up or attacking weeds like dandelions, indian mock strawberrry flowers, purple dead nettle.  Never run out of compost-ables.

 
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Working on (and in) our new well during the peak heat. (~1.8m deep right now)
EDIT: Also: Drinking the cold and fresh water from said well.
 
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This video in my inbox this morning, from the artist himself!

 
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My simple pleasures:

1. Generous people
Now that everybody has time to clean up their homes and the usual second-hand clothes and book markets are cancelled, people put up boxes in front of their homes with giveaways.
Two weeks ago I got me a nice fleece jacket (children's size, just what I need, and just when the zipper on my other garden jacket broke).

Then a book by Jules Verne Two Years' Vacation, very appropiate for these times indeed! (turned out I still have the copy I owned as a teenager, but well...)

And today I took another walk with my daughter (well, I walk, she has inliners) and got three great books:
For her, The Martian, for me The Sword in the Stone (T.S. White) and The Hobbit in a beautiful hardcover edition with illustrations by Allan Lee, all in English.

2. Salads from the garden with dill, at last! Tastes like summer.
 
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Seeing these three "chatting" yesterday really made me smile -- just so simple and wholesome <3 (horse belongs to the neighbour)



 
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Right now, as I sit here, on a rainy morning:
Watching a pair of goldfinches in the garden. They bend down the stalks of dandelions that have flowered and eat the seeds.

I often observe them on the thistles and the stalks of evening primrose all winter through early spring to find last seeds, but first time I see them on dandelions!
 
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For dinner..

Hand made Sourdough loaf & Rolls
With a Jazzy mix micro green salad w/Rosemary from the garden.
And of course Korean bbq jerky!
& we tried a new treat with our sourdough starter.
Orange zest sourdough cake for desert! 🤤
Devoured delightfully from the garden. 🌱
Homestead.
Alaska life.💖👍
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