Today is sunny and warm.

I fed the birds.  I've seen house finches.

I planted 12 daffodils under the oak tree in the forest yard.

As I was digging, I disturbed a small gray tree frog who hopped out of the leaf litter.  He was the exact color of the gray tree bark.  :D  I don't think it's an accident that he was under the oak tree.  As oaks support over 500 species of insects, the frog would have a smorgasbord right at his tongue-tip.  Indeed, I often see insects sheltering around the base of a tree.  Want tree frogs?  Planting oaks will attract food they eat and offer shelter.  Have oaks already?  Place an amphibian shelter such as a hollow log or toad abode nearby.

More fall bulbs have arrived!  :D

EDIT 10/18/21 -- I planted 8 daffodils around a mulberry tree edging the savanna and 4 in the daffodil garden.

EDIT 10/18/21 -- I finished planting the big bag of daffodils.  The last ones went into the prairie garden. There were a bunch of extras, though, so the final count is probably 75-77.

Monday Update 10-18-21

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Improving Neighborhoods
Customer Service
Tuning Cities for Young Families
Indigenous Coastal Technology
Creative Jam
Community Building Tip: Love
Today's Smoothie
Coping Skills: Goals
Transit and Walkability
Mass Shooting in Norway
Cuddle Party

There will be a half-price sale in the Bear Tunnels this week.

Poetry in Microfunding:

There are two open epics at present.

"Rainshadow Road" belongs the Daughters of the Apocalypse series. It discusses herbalism.

"A Celebration and a Consolation" belongs to Polychrome Heroics. Keira comforts her mother after the breakup.

The weather has been mild here.  We got some rain.  Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a flock of house finches, several mourning doves, a cardinal, two fox squirrels, and a gray squirrel. Fall bulbs have arrived and I'm into my planting season for those.  Currently blooming: morning glories, nasturtium, petunia, zinnias, marigolds, cypress vine. More than half the fields have been harvested.


Create Good Bike Parking

Here are some tips for good bike parking

It's good to have bike racks near apartment buildings, storefronts, parks, or other places people congregate.  Bikers spend more money than drivers when shopping, and biking improves health.  If your area has high bike traffic, check for other amenities such as a bike wash, repair rack, or publicly accessible showers.  These raise the appeal and comfort of biking to better serve a busy bike community.


Today is sunny and warm, with a jewel-blue sky and no clouds in sight.

I fed the birds.  I've seen house finches and cardinals.  We heard a bluejay but couldn't spot it.

I also saw a gray squirrel on the hopper feeder!  The ones we've had previously are fox squirrels.  While it's not rare to see both in a varied urban environment, and their ranges overlap a lot geographically, they actually prefer different types of habitat.  Gray squirrels like dense forests while fox squirrels like savannas and tolerate prairies.  While I have both types in my ~2 acre yard, it is easy to see how fox squirrels could reach my yard but difficult to imagine a gray squirrel crossing all that empty space.  Hypothesis: sometimes people trap annoying squirrels and release them far away.  Not everyone knows the appropriate habitat.  A gray squirrel dumped in the open would attempt to find the nearest patch of trees.

I have a bag of 70 Giant Daffodils for Naturalizing.  :D  I planted the first 12 around the maple tree between the house yard and the south lot.

EDIT 10/17/21 -- I planted 12 daffodils around the half-walnut in the house yard.

I also saw two fox squirrels on the hopper feeder.

EDIT 10/17/21 -- I planted 12 daffodils under a tree that faces the street.

I have put out 36 daffodils in all today!  Not bad for a day's work.  \o/

Customer Service

This post includes a bad example and a great example of customer service.  Now look the players.  The bad service comes from a corporation that has no personal investment in either customer or product.  The good service comes from the inventor  of the product who feels personally invested in both, and loses his shit over the mistreatment. 

A friend of mine had an art supply fail on first use and called to complain.  She happened to get the inventor.  He said, "Oh yeah, we noticed that failure after the products had shipped.  Let me send you a new one for free!"  Problem solved, customer happy.

This is not actually hard to do.  Hell, I can do it.  I know perfectly well that I'm not good at math, so I'm going to screw it up occasionally.  But I can fix that when someone points out a mistake, and then my customer will be happy again.