The Protector 09.02.17

Being bred to work hard all day means that most Aussies are not content to be couch potatoes, although Aussies have individual characters and some are more sedate and quiet-natured than others. For the most part, however, these are high energy dogs who need a purpose in their lives-a job as it were. Owners must be committed to give these dogs the time and attention they require through play and training, for as with any dog, undirected energy can turn towards destructive behaviors such as digging and chewing. Running, jumping, and rough-housing are all a part of being a normal Aussie.

The Austrailan Shepherd Club of America

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We all need a sense of purpose in our lives.  Dogs do too.

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garyskitchen.net

“You need to change the name of your food blog.”

“Why?”

“Because no one can remember Dea whatever it is you named it.”

“I didn’t name it.  Your daughter-in-law named it.  The blog name has some serious emotional attachments and…OK.  Let me think about it.”

What The Boss Wants The Boss Gets

So I’ve thought about this for around three weeks.  garycancook?  No, too long.  garysmess?  No, readers won’t know the blog is about food.  I was stumped until this morning.  I needed a new name that was bold, innovative, and easy to remember.

“What do you think about garyskitchen, no apostrophe?”

“I suggested that three weeks ago.”

Perfect.

I hope you’re not looking for this place.  Not me.  Kind of funny though.

 

 

Transformative Experiences — Quartz

Certain life choices are so significant that they change who we are. Before undertaking those choices, we are unable to evaluate them from the perspective and values of our future, changed selves. In other words, your present self cannot know whether your future self will enjoy being a parent or not.

Philosopher L.A. Paul University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Source: Transformative experiences: A philosopher who studies life changes says our biggest decisions can never be rational — Quartz

Summer Surprise

It’s been three years since the dismal Tomato Project. The plant didn’t produce a lot of fruit and the experience dampened my enthusiasm for growing fruits and vegetables. The next summer I planted a cucumber plant that bore one cuke. The passage of time helps and I eventually got over my deep emotional wounds.

“Maybe I’ll try growing cherry tomatoes this summer…” was my thought until I decided to stick with what works. The two basil plants are doing very well this year. The rosemary is also growing but the oregano seems to be struggling. The empty pot on the patio with the tomato cage still bothered me and I kept thinking about planting something else. I had noticed the clump of dead grass in the pot and didn’t give it a second thought until this morning.

It moved. Maybe it was my imagination.

It moved again. So I watered it to see what would emerge. When the head popped out I thought it was a snake. When the tiny creature crawled completely out from under the grass I was surprised to see a baby bunny.  The tiny bunny butt is at the top of the pot.

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I obviously cannot plant anything in that pot.

I’m growing bunnies instead.