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“If I Had my Life to Live Over,

I’d dare to make more mistakes next time. I’d relax, I would limber up. I would be sillier than I have been this trip. I would take fewer things seriously. I would take more chances. I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers. I would eat more ice cream and less beans. I would perhaps have more actual troubles, but I’d have fewer imaginary ones.

You see, I’m one of those people who live sanely hour after hour, day after day. Oh, I’ve had my moments, and if I had to do it over again, I’d have more of them. In fact, I’d try to have nothing else. Just moments, one after another, instead of living so many years ahead of each day. I’ve been one of those persons who never goes anywhere without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a raincoat and a parachute. If I had to do it again, I would travel lighter than I have.

If I had my life to liver over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring, and stay that way later in the fall. I would to go more dances. I would ride more merry-go-rounds. I would pick more daisies.”

– Nadine Stair, 85 years old, Louisville, KY

Today is the first day of the rest of your life!

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“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.”   Author unknown

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You might be from the Northwest if…  (cont’d)

    1. You notice ‘the mountain is out’ when it is a pretty day and you can actually see it.
    2.  Put on your shorts when the temperature gets above 50, but still wear your hiking boots and parka.
    3. Switch to your sandals when it gets about 60, but keep the socks on.
    4. Have actually used your mountain bike on a mountain.
    5. Think people who use umbrellas are either wimps or tourists.
    6. Buy new sunglasses every year, because you can’t find the old ones after such a long time.
    7. You measure distance in hours.
    8. You often switch from ‘heat’ to ‘a/c’ in the same day.
    9. You use a down comforter in the summer.
    10. You carry jumper cables in your car and your wife knows how to use them.
    11. You design your kid’s Halloween costume to fit under a raincoat.
  • You know all the important seasons: Almost Winter, Winter, Still Raining (Spring), Road Construction (Summer) Deer & Elk season (Fall).
  • You understand these jokes and send them to all your friends in the northwest or those who used to live here.

Author unknown – but obviously from the northwest!

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You might be from the Northwest if…

  1. You know how to pronounce Sequim, Puyallup, Issaquah, Oregon, and Willamette.
  2. Consider swimming an indoor sport.
  3. Can tell the difference among Japanese, Chinese and Thai food.
  4. In winter, go to work in the dark and come home in the dark, while only working eight-hour days.
  5. Never go camping without waterproof matches and a poncho.
  6. Are not fazed by “Today’s forecast: showers followed by rain,” and “Tomorrow’s forecast: rain followed by showers”
  7. You cannot wait for a day with “showers and sun breaks.”
  8. How no concept of humidity without precipitation.
  9. Know that Boring is a town in Oregon and not just a state of mind.
  10. Can point to at least two volcanoes, even if you cannot see through the cloud cover.

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A Cherokee saying:

We have taught our children the earth is our mother

Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth

This we know.

The earth does not belong to man. The man belongs to earth.

This we know.

All things are connected. Like the blood which unites our family.

All things are connected.

Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth.

Man did not weave the web of life. He’s merely a strand in it.

Whatever he does to the web he does to himself.

AiSv Nv wa do hi ya do.

(Walk in Peace)

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11. Never underestimate the kindness of your fellow man.

12. Never give yourself a haircut after three maragaritas.

13. Finally…and most important: Being happy doesn’t mean everything’s perfect, it just means you’ve decided to see beyond the imperfections.

Have a great week. Wear your mask. Eat healthy. Get outside in our beautiful weather.

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“Things I Wish I Knew…” (cont’d)

6. The five most essential words for a healthy, vital relationship; “I apologize” and “You are right”.

7. Any and all compliments can be handled by simply saying “thank you” though it helps if you say with a Southern accent.

8. Never continue dating anyone who is rude to the waiter.

9. Never marry a man or a woman that you meet in a bar.

10. If you woke up breathing, congratulations! You have another chance.

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“Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Went out in the Real World”   – Anonymous

!. Everyone seems normal until  you get to know them.

2. When you make a mistake, make amends immediately. It’s easier to eat crow while it’s still warm.

3. A woman needs only two tools: WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn’t move and it should, use WD-40. If it moves and shouldn’t, use the tape.

4. If you tell a lie, don’t believe it deceives only the other person.

5. The five most essential words for a healthy, natal relationship: “I apologize’ and ‘You are right.’

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Chris Dudley wrote the following, and I think it has lots of good ideas. Hope you enjoy it!

“So maybe you’re thinking about learning to garden? I’ve got some advice that might make your life a lot easier.

I’ve come to believe that we all have a green thumb, it’s just we’ve lost the cultural knowledge for the convenience of the supermarket.

But you’ve got a green thumb, no worries. It’s in your genes. It just takes some patience with yourself to get it to show.

Don’t worry about failures. It can take a few years of killing off lots of stuff before you start to feel like a gardener.

It’s easy to lose motivation if you get frustrated with the drive for technical perfection. A big help for me when my motivation started dying–I was killing more than growing plants–was to just forget about all the technical stuff.

I no longer bother reading about or worrying about getting my ‘companion’ planting perfect, or my bed rotations correct anymore. I gasp, buy fertilizer sometimes where before I felt like it had to be home grown. In short I’ve learned to ignore all the rigmarole that makes gardening cumbersome.

I just plant plants. Half the time I don’t remember if it’s a tomato or a pepper and I rarely know what variety of tomato, or whatever, I planted is or was. Right now I’ve got about fifteen tomato plants growing and when it’s time to harvest I won’t know which one I’m eating, but it’ll still taste great.

My advice, set aside everything extraneous and just start planting stuff, read the directions about where, how much sunlight, etc., when you plant, but don’t go crazy about it. Just plant stuff all over, try putting one or two where they’re not supposed to go, etc.

When a plant dies just chalk it up to free mulch and drop it in an ignored heap of other plants that have died you can call a compost pile if you want to get technical about it.

That’s my advice. Seek the lazy path and the gardening journey will become enjoyable.

I never worry about weeds because I actually enjoy going out in the garden and pulling them. I’ve got a good set of headphones so I’ll listen to a podcast or some tunes, or often I’ll just try to pay attention to the sounds of the garden and nature. I have a good weed puller, though, and that’s key

So I pull the weeds up with that handy tool and leave them with their roots facing up to die in the sun. They then become free mulch, give back their nutrients and also conveniently shade the soil around the plant I want to grow.

I also let some of the ‘weeds’ grow because they’re very useful. Dandelion, for instance, is highly nutritious plus it adds nitrogen to the soil and feeds pollinators. I actually have a dandelion patch just as if it were a strawberry patch..

Come to think of it, you could probably just get an edible weeds book or app to identify and pull the noxious weeds and also leave the useful weeds and call what’s left your garden. Most of those weeds are more nutritious and useful than our hybrid plants anyway.”

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Marj Casswell wrote this as a Letter to the Editor of the Columbian, and I felt it was worth passing on. 

“Much of science fiction would have this pandemic started by an evil leader to dominate the world. Human beings would fall ill with a mysterious disease creating psychological and economic damage. People would die, governments would weaken and fall.

But suppose our storyline follows another plot. One where Mother Nature, weary of humanity’s failure to heed warning signs – water unfit to drink, air too dirty to breathe, human bodies with toxic cancer-causing chemicals – strikes back. So exasperated is Mother that she sends yet a more powerful signal, a pandemic the inhabitants cannot fight except with extreme measures.

Suppose the only way to avoid illness and death is physical isolation, drive less, shop less, for several months?

Eventually a vaccine will allow a return to normal activities. But suppose humans like what they gained from Mother Nature’s anger?

Suppose folks embrace clean air and water, the pleasure of growing their own food, even if just a tomato plant on a balcony? And suppose support for polluting industries stops and we invest in alternative energy? Suppose folks see how endless accumulation of stuff is not what brings happiness? What if more people got to know their neighbors?

What will we have learned and what will we value when this pandemic is over?”

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Annie

The sun’ll come out
Tomorrow
Bet your bottom dollar
That tomorrow
There’ll be sun!

Just thinkin’ about
Tomorrow
Clears away the cobwebs,
And the sorrow
‘Til there’s none!

When I’m stuck with a day
That’s gray,
And lonely,
I just stick out my chin
And grin,
And say,
Oh!

The sun’ll come out

Tomorrow
So ya gotta hang on
‘Til tomorrow
Come what may
Tomorrow! Tomorrow!
I love ya Tomorrow!
You’re only
A day
A way!

And the birds will still sing and the rain will still come and we’ll all look at a new and different world when this pandemic has run its course. Keep your chin up, keep smiling and think positive. There is some good in everything.

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I thought we could use a little frivolity this morning. God bless Americans! Our sense of humor, even in difficult times, pulls us through.