May 7th, 2020

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Self-Awareness Question: Biggest Weakness

Folks have mentioned an interest in questions and conversations that make them think. So I've decided to offer more of those. This is the current list on self-awareness.

29. What is your biggest weakness?

Depends on the situation, but the main ones include:

* Heat.  I melt like a candy bar.

* Crummy math skills.  (And yet, I'm in the top third nationwide.  As I'm lucky to get the same answer three times running on a calculator, I shudder to think how much worse other people must be.)

* The consensus timespace continuum has a really flimsy grip on me.  If I stop paying attention to wherewhen I am, I tend to drift out of this dimension.

* I'm generally a bad fit for modern American culture.


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Birdfeeding

Today is sunny, breezy, and cool.  My last shipment of plants has arrived.  <3

I fed the birds.  I was excited to the see the oriole feasting on the orange that I put out yesterday.  Since that one was devoured, I put out another, and he very quickly found it too.  :D  Despite never seeing any here before, it turns out my yard is exactly what they like: tall open woodland with some sunny meadows.  Just in case you need to know ...

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Baltimore_Oriole/id#

http://www.birdsandblooms.com/birding/attracting-birds/bird-nesting/how-to-attract-orioles/

https://www.worldbirds.org/attracting-orioles/

https://www.thespruce.com/tips-on-feeding-orioles-386565


We did some more trimming of a plum tree to clear line of sight for later internet installation.  I still need to haul the brushy ends to the ritual meadow brushpile, but we got another handful of kindling from this.   

EDIT 5/7/20 -- Round Two, I planted 3 yellow bellwort and 2 Virginia bluebells in the forest garden.  Bellwort is a flower I have that is growing with enthusiasm.  I have a few bluebells but they have yet to bloom.

EDIT 5/7/20 -- Round Three, I planted 3 Maximillian perennial sunflowers in the prairie garden.  Also, a couple of my sunchokes have sprouted.  :D

In the process I noted that the cup plant -- which was a single sprout several years ago -- now has numerous seedlings scattered around the western part of the prairie garden.  <3 wildflowers I did not have to pay for.

EDIT 5/7/20 -- Round Four, I cut pieces of yellow yarn and put them in an empty suet cage for the oriole.  The second orange is well pecked but not empty yet.

I also hauled the plum branches to the brushpile, then picked up a trolley full of other trimmings and fallen sticks.

As it is now dark, I am done for the night.
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Poem: "Either a Storm or a Drought"

This poem came out of the May 5, 2020 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] ng_moonmoth and [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "Travel" square in my 5-1-20 card for the Sumerian Me Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the series An Army of One.

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Today's Smoothie

Today we made a smoothie with:

almost 1 cup Ceres passionfruit blend + almond milk to make 1 cup
1 cup Yoplait vanilla yogurt
1 mandarin orange
1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
a splash of Imperial Dragon coconut milk
1/2 cup ice

I like the flavor of the coconut milk.

The smoothie is excellent, rich and creamy with a light orange color.  The flavor is mostly mango, but with a tropical flair from the other ingredients.  I would be happy to make this one again ... but we just ran out of passionfruit juice.  Ah well.  I expect it would work just as well with the guava.