Sunshine and Rainbows

On this Wonderful Wednesday, the dogs and I enjoyed a beautiful sunny walk, with the moon turning translucent in the bright sky.  Seeing the moon when the sun is up has fascinated me since I was a school girl.   Dogs don’t notice such things.  Dogs are nose down in the grass sniffing for sign of interlopers into their territory, and looking for that good spot to take care of business.

Have you heard the theory that the moon is hollow and has obelisks and other structures, similar to those constructed in ancient Egypt.  Have you heard beings may be living underground on the moon?  Real men in the moon!  Fortunately it was not an episode of Ancient Aliens that was keeping me up last night!  This morning however, looking at the moon, I wondered why these theorists don’t get together a mission to the moon, and find out if those shadows really are structures made by a race of space travelers.

Several people are earning a living by selling books on this subject (not me), and several more believe it is true, so why don’t they start raising funds for an archaeological dig on the moon.  This is a theory that could be proved.  Tax payers don’t want government paying for moon missions to investigate this, but if you really think it is a government conspiracy to hide the truth from the masses of earth (that’s you and me), then put your money up and prove it.

If this theory is proved right, then members of the expedition will go down in not only in history but  on the short list of scientists that have exponentially advanced science.  If the theory is proved false, the members of the expedition will be proved fools, the idea will become a footnote in science courses, and no one will buy books or watch the History Channel for proof of Ancient Aliens.

Ancient Aliens and the alien presence on the moon makes for safe party conversation.  We are all equally in the dark, and at worst you will be considered a fun crackpot.  There are no answers that can prove the theory either way.

So other than these silly thoughts of a tired mind, I hope you enjoy your day.  I hear we have rain coming, and I’ll be watching for rainbows.

The Value of a Tree

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It is another wonderful Wednesday.  The oppressive heat and humidity of summer seems to be behind us, and the warm days of early fall are ahead of us.  In fact, the current temperatures here in the southern tip of the great state of Ohio is more like early September rather than October.  Very pleasant indeed!

It is cool enough to get out and go hiking or bicycling along tree-lined road.  There are no leaves to rake, yet. There are bulbs to be planted and a few other chores (if you have a yard), but the biggest fall chore is raking the leaves.

Some people find raking leaves so distasteful that they cut down every tree they can, and then fuss when the neighbors leaves blow onto their property.

The U.S. Forest Service tells us, “Urban forests are dynamic ecosystems that provide critical benefits to people and wildlife. They help to filter air and water, control storm water, conserve energy, and provide animal habitat and shade. They add form, structure, and beauty to urban design. By reducing noise and providing places to recreate, urban forests strengthen social cohesion, spur community revitalization, and add economic value to our communities.”

The Forest Service estimates the value of the environmental service of a tree at $2,500.  This amount is more than three times the cost of maintaining a tree.  The shade from a tree can keep your house cooler in the summer, protect is from cold winds, and provide a rich mulch for your other plantings.

Would you rather pay the money for heating and cooling, instead of raking?  I have some good news.  You don’t have to rake.  Just run your mulching lawn mower over the leaves and let them be.  They will nourish your lawn as they decompose.

Need another reason to keep a tree?  Birds!  Not only do birds provide a pleasant background music, they eat bugs.  Plus, you can enjoy the shade of the tree while watching the birds.

We have been fortunate to live in areas with trees, parks, forests.  We have been heartbroken when we have moved, and the beautiful trees we have planted were cut down as a nuisance.  I think those people would have been happier in a high-rise.

 

A Wonderful Time

I awoke this Wonderful Wednesday to a beautiful Indian Summer day.

A few days of temperatures that dipped into freezing has put an end to the growing season.  If you had seen my pitiful attempt at a vegetable garden you would understand my great relief, but we did grow some of the best tasting tomatoes that I ever tasted on our little patch of the world.  Friends who posted pictures of their produce on social media, and will spend the winter posting pictures of the great meals they create and reference their summer harvest, possibly with before and after pictures.   Thankfully I have no fears of going hungry this winter.  Prices may have increased some, but we are secure in the knowledge that nearby grocers will be stocked with fresh produce from around the country and even the world thanks in part to the inventor of the refrigerated truck by Fred Jones.  Thanks to Jones, fresh and frozen foods are shipped from one area of the county to another quickly and inexpensively.  I will try planting another vegetable garden in the spring, because home grown, fresh vegetables are the best.

I am also thankful for computers and Google, that made it possible to find the information I heard about of the man who revolutionized the transport industry by refrigerating trucks.  Something I heard about some years back, was only a few clicks away, instead of hours of research away in a library with no guarantee I would be able to find it.   Not only could I ask who invented the refrigeration truck, but Google supplied me with a picture, and background information.   The computer isn’t just an efficient writer’s tool.

I seek information on a variety of topics each day.  While watching television we ask Google the name of that character, and as a bonus learn everything she has appeared in.  While at dinner, many a question has been answered by picking up that computer we always carry with us (our cell phone), and asking Google for information on any kind of trivia.

We can learn just about anything, and pursue any topic as far as we like. My grandson is interested in playing Chess, so I have been studying strategy.  I look for a new hairstyle on the computer.  I’ve learned to organize my home, and upscale my decorating.  I am searching Pinterest for Halloween Costume ideas for an upcoming Halloween Party.

There is so much to know, and to little time.  For now, I will go out and enjoy the beautiful fall day.

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