I haven't posted many pictures from the garden this year because I haven't had my camera. It's been off with my wife and kids on their mission trip to Brooklyn, and then with my wife on her trip to California and northwestern Canada where she visited the Indian reservation on which she used to live.
I did, however, manage a few shots, such as this one. This was earlier in the year. I came home for lunch, and found this guy looking longingly at the tender new foilage then sprouting in my yard. Sneaky, coming in the middle of the day when I might well have had the fence down rather than in the middle of the night. Interestingly, I've seen a lot more bucks this year than in past years.
The camera is back now, and so next week I think I'll post some garden pictures. Many of you have been asking what's new in the garden this year, and if I have any new projects. I do! So if you've got the time and the interest, consider this an invitation to walk through the garden with me next week. :)
One of the great things about eating sparingly is that virtually every meal tastes like the best food I've ever had.
When I used to eat pretty much anything and everything I set my eyes on, food wasn't particularly satisfying. All I really wanted to do is eat more, seeking to fill up on quantity rather than delighting in the food itself.
These days I eat pretty simply and in what some would consider small portions (generally true single servings). I've found, however, that I enjoy what I eat much more. I eat slowly and enjoy the taste and feel like the most fortunate person in the whole world.
Yesterday, my parents and older daughter went to Great Harvest Bread Company. They brought back a loaf called Xtreme Cinnamon Swirl. Oh man. I had one slice, lightly toasted with butter. I thought I'd died and gone to heaven.
Yes, it was very tempting to eat more. But I knew nothing would taste any better or be any more satisfying than that one simple slice.
This is just to reassure everyone that I'm fine and well--just very, very busy. Working on a couple projects that haven't left much time for blogging. And, of course, it is summer, and any chance I get to be outside in the "real" world I am, which is to say about the only time I tend to spend on the computer now is when I have to for work.
Anyway, I did catch another eastern hognose a few weeks ago, which led me to create a new photo album this morning. As you may know, snakes have a special place in my heart (yes you read that right) because they are so often misunderstood, the victims of irrational fears and prejiduces that have also too often been fueled by Christianity. So I like to do what I can to help people appreciate snakes for the exceptional animals they are.
I've got some more pictures and perhaps even some thoughts to post, so maybe I'll be writing a little bit more over the next few weeks. Then again, when I get home from work at dark, I might just pick up my flyrod, jump on the bike, and buzz down to the Potomac for some night fishing for smallmouths with poppers. It doesn't get much better than that!