Today is sunny and mild.

I fed the birds.  I heard a bluejay screaming and a woodpecker drumming.  :D

For my vision-impaired friends, and anyone living in junglesome areas where birds are easier to hear than to see, here are some resources for birding by ear:

The firepit had burned down almost all to ashes.  I raked it and laid the chimney for a new fire.  In case you're wondering about the chimney trick, it involves building several layers of log cabin at the base for airflow, then piling other things on top.

EDIT 9/24/20 -- I went back out and cut up dry brush for the firepit.


Today is partly cloudy and mild.

I fed the birds. 

We burned off the firepit. 

EDIT 9/23/20 -- Round Two, I went back to stir up the fire.  Most of it has burned down by now.

EDIT 9/23/20 -- Round Three, I stirred up the fire again.  Not much left but one stubborn log, a few stubs, and leaves around the edges.

EDIT 9/23/20 -- Round Four, I trimmed grass around the burn barrel and golden raintree.  I also watered plants.

Teach Them to Eat Them

I was reading a magazine article about spotted lanternflies, an invasive species, and I thought of a new approach to fighting invasives. Teach other species to eat them. I've fiddled around with this a bit regarding Japanese beetles, but I was doing it with magic, basically telling insectivores that these are insects and as such edible. I've had non-zero success with this. It occurred to me that we could be doing something similar with science, and in fact, some of the steps are so simple that anyone with a yard could probably do them.

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Hard Things

Life is full of things which are hard or tedious or otherwise unpleasant that need doing anyhow. They help make the world go 'round, they improve skills, and they boost your sense of self-respect. But doing them still kinda sucks. It's all the more difficult to do those things when nobody appreciates it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our accomplishments and pat each other on the back.

What are some of the hard things you've done recently? What are some hard things you haven't gotten to yet, but need to do? Is there anything your online friends could do to make your hard things a little easier?

Election Problems

Tampering so far includes ...

China, Russia, and Iran have all jumped into the pigpen early -- on different sides.

#45 has already sabotaged the election by attacking the post office at a time when more citizens will vote by mail.  That means, regardless of the outcome, the election process itself is questionable.

Also, even if #45 loses the election, he might simply refuse to leave.

What can be done:

Confirm your registration or register to vote.  If you haven't done it yet, do it NOW.  Waiting gives meddlers more opportunity to tamper.

Protect cybersecurity

Take other steps to protect the election.

Try to make sure your vote is counted.