June 15th, 2019


June Creative Jam

The [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is now open with a theme of "Knowledge vs. Ignorance."  Come give us prompts or claim some for your own inspiration!

What I Have Written

"I Didn't Want to Know That" is today's freebie.

From My Prompts

"Know Thy Selves" by [personal profile] bairnsidhe speaks to the value of self-awareness.

Poem: "I Didn't Want to Know That"

This is the freebie for the June [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "anxiety" square in my 2-28-19 card for the Meet Ugly Bingo fest.

WARNING: This poem is nerve-wracking and features environmental mayhem.

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Offsetting Climate Change in Rivers

 ... may be done by improving water quality.

Ways to help include:

* Plant more trees along rivers.  Shading the water cools it and reduces evaporative losses.

* Protect forests near rivers.  They trap rain and release it slowly.  Big forests even make their own weather.  This contributes to cooler, deeper rivers.

* Avoid taking water out of rivers.  Deeper water tends to be cooler and cleaner than shallow water.

Saturday Yardening

Today is cool, gray, and rainy.  It rained for a good part of yesterday and last night, intermittent drizzly rain. \o/  While not all the cracks in the ground have closed yet, they are smaller, and the soil is soft again.

Round One, I fed birds.  Then I started digging a big hole for the tricolor beech tree that's been sitting on the porch for weeks because the ground was bricked. 

EDIT 6/15/19: Round Two, I deepened the hole.

We got more rain between rounds 2 and 3 today.  :D

EDIT 6/15/19: Round Three, I planted the tricolor beech tree in the hold.  I feel super accomplished now, even though I still have other things to do.  That was the biggest part of this project.  I rarely make the giant hole recommended, because it's too much work and I'm usually planting seedlings anyway, but this is a fancy specimen tree that's already a little taller than I am.  It gets the premium treatment.  ;)

EDIT 6/15/19: Round Four, I wrapped the tricolor beech tree. Then I put groundcloth down and covered it with mulch.  I also put out more grass and clover seed on bare spots.

The fireflies are finally out in force. It's been too cool and/or dry for them until now.  We've seen a few stragglers but not a lot.  Tonight there are more.  :D

The rain has left puddles in the fields.  Toads are out in them singing love songs.  It's a beautiful summer night all around.

My yardening sessions typically run 15-30 minutes.  If I do three, that's 45-90 minutes in a day.  On a busy day, I might do five, or 1 hour 15 minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes.  Occasionally I've managed six rounds, but those are usually shorter ones.  Most days I'm probably getting 1-2 hours of yardening done.