July 1st, 2021


Coping Skills: Boundaries

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 of coping skills.

2. Set boundaries and say "no."

This is an important skill. Use it as much as you can. Not everyone gets to have boundaries.

Healthy and Unhealthy Boundaries

How to Set Healthy Boundaries: 10 Examples + PDF Worksheets

How to Establish Boundaries

How to Deal with Someone Who Violates Your Boundaries + Respect

20 Ways to Say No Once and For All

50 Polite Ways To Say No In English

100+ Funny and Creative Ways to Say "No"

100 Different Ways to Say NO

111 Ways To Say "F*ck You" While Keeping It Classy


Today is sunny, muggy, and warm.

I fed the birds. I've seen house finches and a squirrel.

After lunch, we moved the rest of the walnut logs. Most went to the ritual meadow for bonfires, and one to the rotten log pile. The grass underneath them was mostly dead, but ants and beetles were active under some. It shows that the detritus food web is in good shape here, and the importance of rotten logs in the ecosystem.

After supper, I picked a bag of mulberries.

EDIT 7/1/21 -- We broke up more brush and hauled 2 trolleys of it to the firepit.

Winterfest in July Bingo Card 7-1-21

Here is my card for the Winterfest in July Bingo fest. It runs from July 1-30. Celebrate all the holidays and traditions of winter! (See all my 2021 bingo cards.)

If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out. I've had a few requests for this and the results have been awesome so far. This is a good opportunity for those of you with favorites that don't always mesh well with the themes of my monthly projects. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl.

Underlined prompts have been filled.


Home AloneVisitSome Assembly RequiredJust FriendsGingerbread House Day - December 12
Baking/CookingAngelsBeach GetawayFeastWise Men
Acts of KindnessElfWILD CARDBlack Eye PeasPretty Paper
BlanketsCandlesWorld Wildlife Conservation Day - December 4Apple CiderNew Year 
SnowflakesNutsYuleGreeneryHuman Rights Day - December 10


A Little Slice of Terramagne: YardMap

Sadly the main program is dormant, but the YardMap concept is awesome, and many of its informative articles remain.

YardMap was a citizen science project that allowed people to upload information about a site's wildlife features. These included homes, parks, refuges, waterways, and so on. See the old tutorial and instructions for characteristics. Specific actions supported the chosen goals. They could also log bird sightings. (The T-American version supported other wildlife sightings.) It helped neighbors find each other and map their community. Terramagne-America has plentiful programs like this to track habitat at municipal, county, state, regional, and national levels for conservation in general or particular themes. The local version(s) is often called something like "Connect the Dots" and assists citizens and staff in providing lines of habitat between parks or reserves so that wildlife can travel in protected areas that offer food, water, and shelter. Citizen science improves sense of place.

See an analysis of Fieldhaven using these parameters.

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