The peaches have ripened! And so, I picked them yesterday, giddily. 🙂
What a delightful sight to see in the midst of all that is going on. Granted, I had seven peaches on my small peach tree that was not affected by the frost this spring, but still, I celebrated!
I don’t know about you, but I need a post full of good stuff, stuff to uplift, to remind and to comfort. So in some small way, I do hope this month’s Saturday Ponderings does just that. 🙂
1.How can we handle best for our own unique situation this moment in time with all of its stress? This article helped to answer the question.
2. A colleague this week, walked into my classroom (masks were worn), and instead of asking how I was (as he said, we know how we are doing and it’s not well), he asked, “Can you share something positive with me?” I did my best, but it put this quote and tweet from Tiny Buddha into context and why it is so necessary right now.
3. What are the top 10 French cheeses? David Lebovitz’s friend and cheese expert Jennifer Greco shares a detailed list.
4. An article to read from WSJ: Philosophy for a Time of Crisis – how to respond when adversity turns our lives upside down (non-subscribers can read too!)
5. The powerful uplifting effect of a simple bouquet of fresh flowers from the market.
A bouquet purchased at the local farmer’s market comes with a story of conversation, smiles exchanged and the ability to support a small local business. Such a story offers more than just blooms. It offers an exchange of goodwill, an exchange of support and a celebration of shared appreciation of Mother Nature’s gifts. (bouquet from Roots Wild in Terrebonne, Oregon)
6. Can fewer options lead to better decisions? A podcast episode of the Hidden Brain shares how to create the choices “that enable you to go from who you are today to whom you want to be tomorrow”.
7. Do our dogs really care about their birthdays?
Probably not, but they do enjoy the love, food and companionship we share with them, of that I have no doubt. Just give Norman my lap and the opportunity to chase flies and he’s happy (see video below as captured on the day of his birthday this week). He is 11!
8. What hydrangeas grow well in cooler regions AND offer a beautiful fall color when all of the other blooms are beginning to fade? The Phantom Hydrangea!
Its Latin name is Hydrangea Paniculata, but commonly known as the ‘Phantom’ as it offers beautiful white blossoms in late July and most of August, and then come the end of August and into September, it turns a beautiful blush.
A couple of my neighbors have the Phantom Hydrangea in their yards, and while they do need an east facing side or slight, but not entire shade, they are thriving here in Bend which is zone 6.
Some are still available from various online nurseries, and I am looking forward to welcoming them into my yard for some color in the fall season.
Three nurseries I have ordered from and/or trust:
9. In memoriam of 9/11, a short film about a part of the day’s historical events I was not aware of until I saw this film – Boatlift. The largest sea evacuation in history, larger than Dunkirk – nearly a half a million people were evacuated from the south end of Manhattan in 9 hours. I think you will be inspired and reminded of the good in people. I know I was. ~Narrated by Tom Hanks.
10. A concerto to add to your classical music playlist
Wishing you well this weekend. Wishing you moments of rest for your mind and being. Wishing you strength and peace. Thank you for stopping by TSLL.
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