My front garden making me happy…

The second half of May is under way…what a trip how time is flying…hope you all are having a lovely Spring (or Autumn, depending on where you are)…

  • What an interesting story about Andre Leon Talley – for those of you who don’t know, he was the right hand man to Anna Wintour at Vogue for so many years, and his life is not something most of us know much about.
  • Note to self: buy waffle iron to start making liege waffles myself once we get to the new digs.
  • The Lone Star Tick – ever heard of it? In the Eastern half of the US, it’s becoming more and more prevalent in the animals that are turned into meat, thanks to climate change.
  • Why supporting abortion is pro-life – couldn’t agree more. “It’s violent to continue to introduce anti-abortion restrictions when a 2017 study conducted by Ibis Reproductive Health and the Center for Reproductive Rights found that states with the highest abortion restrictions also have the highest maternal mortality and infant mortality rates. According to UN experts, repealing anti-abortion laws would save the lives of nearly 50,000 women a year.”
  • This past week we’ve dealt with our Cayuga duck, Betty, suddenly coming down with the inability to put any weight on her left foot…as in, not even limp, just stand on one foot or lay down, poor girl. It traumatized me, and so the research went into overdrive into how to help her recover. No bumblefoot, so we figured she must have taken an awkward spill and sprained it somehow, and the stress was keeping her from laying eggs as well. First was to isolate her in the run while the other three free-ranged during the day, and then gave her a shallower dish of water next to her so she wouldn’t have to stand to get it (of course, when I’d let the other three maniacs in for lunch, they happily stepped right in it and I’d have to refill it after they left). I also filled up our big-ass kitchen sink with warm water and brought her in to have a “spa soak” as I called it and gave her a tummy rub. The next day she laid two eggs, but it took several days to get her up to Limp Mode – we did a bit of “ducky PT” where I’d pick her up and test-stretch out her leg and give her a belly rub, and I took the article’s advice and have been sprinkling garlic powder and turmeric in her feed to help with inflammation. She’s now Hopalong Betty, and hopefully the nickname won’t stick for too much longer.
  • Many here in America hear the term “biracial” and naturally think of what that means here in the States. Read Amy McQuire’s story about growing up in Australia as the light-skinned daughter of an indigenous man. There are more parallels than one might expect, and more of our history as human beings that needs to be acknowledged – not to mention doing better as individuals and a society to keep this kind of thing from happening again.
  • So with all that’s going on in the world with so many trying to roll back the clock on human rights, women’s rights and civil rights, I’m just thinking about Keep Ya Head Up by Tupac and hope you’ll have a listen…20+ years later and his words are still so so relevant…

And since we all came from a woman
Got our name from a woman and our game from a woman
I wonder why we take from our women
Why we rape our women, do we hate our women?
I think it’s time to kill for our women
Time to heal our women, be real to our women
And if we don’t we’ll have a race of babies
That will hate the ladies, that make the babies
And since a man can’t make one
He has no right to tell a woman when and where to create one
So will the real men get up
I know you’re fed up ladies, but keep your head up


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