Awake.

Awake/awakening can mean many things. Spirit, mind, body; take care of oneself but also consider other beings, and possess a willingness to sometimes help them, while aiming to do no harm and live lightly on the created earth as a creature of creation. That covers a great deal of territory.

Perhaps at least one way to explain awakening is being aware of all the many ways one can go wrong. Merely getting out of bed each day and going out into the world where at every turn are more misalignments, and that trying to avoid them is like trying to dodge rain drops.

There is a constant conflict. It is human nature to want to be at peace, confident, to feel better, to be happy. Yet, on the pessimistic side one recalls that everyone has their own favorite sin anyway, and why get out of bed in the first place if you’re going to return home soaking wet at the end of the day?

Dodging rain drops…

Awakening is knowledge of how far one has come in his or her journey. This brings self-efficacy; yet, with that growth one is painfully aware of the daily misalignments. More growth means broader ground, an increase in what one has to coordinate. Yet, a realization of this widening scope is a sure sign of an open heart, mind and lens with which one views the world, the vast universe. This is essential to growth of spirit, mind, body, so one is already on the right path. Yet it seems contradictory that this builds confidence and is humbling at the same time.

Ever expanding, growing, broadening one’s horizons, exploring and further considering; it is part of having a purpose, of being alive inside.

It is a journey.

I discuss this in further detail in my most recent memoir: Irony of the Well

Thank you for reading, journeying and being willing to look even closer, reconsider everything, looking from all angles, and stepping forward. Belief is ultimately a choice.

Be willing to get wet; wetter than you were before.

“Begin somewhere”. (Staples, O. 2013).
Again…
And again…

Staples, O. The Wellness Diaries

-Owen

Remember the Bees this September

How are the bees in your yard?

I have found that native bees love sunflowers. Native bees (tiny, not honeybees) also swarm around a legume plant that sprouted on its own. It seems related to alfalfa, but I’m unsure of the exact species. It is a nice plant, fragrant; the bees are all over it-especially the native bees. If you see one of these legume-family volunteers in your yard you may want to keep it for the bees.

It attracts hundreds of native bees! I learned from an entomology class at university something interesting about honeybees, that they are not native to the U.S. it is known that they are in trouble, but native bees, which are much smaller, may hold the keys to helping pollinators thrive. They a l l need all the help they can get.
Bees also love lavender and salvia.

I love helping them to thrive in my yard where they swarm their preferred plants in a non-toxic sanctuary; it is so rewarding.


Have fun, and this month of September and always, remember the bees. They are essential; we depend on them.

-O

Rain Updates


That awesome storm!

The setup is easy: pump, funnels and watering can.

After such a nice rain, not only can I forego watering for a few days, but next time I do, I can water the garden and new trees/shrubs for several days on the rainwater I have collected. I don’t have to turn on the hose.

I submit there is tremendous potential for rainwater collection for use on gardens; (lawns are a different story that needs revision in a desert). It looks promising for gardens, however.

It’s easy to get started.

Have fun!

-O

Think About it for the Month…

That was an awesome rainstorm!

Now please remember to adjust your automatic sprinkler so that water is not wasted. After such a heavy rain last night, you shouldn’t need to water your lawn for a few days. We’ve been hoping and praying for it; we got it. Now let’s be mindful and conserve for a bit.

I think Kevin Eubank would agree. In fact, I’ve heard ‘eem say it quite recently.

Just sayin’.

-O

Speaking of Water Conservation…

In reference to this post about how there should be rewards, credits and incentives for those who think ahead and voluntarily do these things/live this way; nobody understands the precious nature of water and the conservation of it as well as the peasantry.

I watered my vegetable plants and trees until early June on rain water alone-water that I had collected through the fall, winter and spring. The heatwave this year began at the end of May.

Water-hog lawns in the desert, (especially during a drought) are a different story altogether. Still, just imagine the water saving potential of using collected rain water for edible garden plants-alone.
Lawns made of perennial rye or buffalo grass, or red fescue use less water than Kentucky bluegrass lawns.
Better yet, switch to xeriscaping or use the lawn space for edible gardening.

Here’s the thing: It is ineffective to continue praying for more rain if the only plan is to continue business as usual;”continue the same thing while expecting different results”. No, the time to make changes is long overdue.

We keep losing the lesson. We are supposed to make changes.

For next time regarding water conservation, shall we talk about sprawling golf courses for a game that was invented in Scotland where it rains a lot?? Or how about the extremely high water usage of factory farming? While amidst a heatwave, how about climate change and factory farming?
Yeah I didn’t really think you wanted to talk about it, but just double checking. 🙂 I’ve been saying it all for over a decade now.

At any rate, Have a great weekend!

-O,
your pleasant peasant full of reminders for ye.

The Creature Adventures Continue…

Any ideas as to what creature bit my arm?
Check out those welts! The photo doesn’t do them justice either. They were red and swollen like a typical sting, and even a week later I still have red bumps!

If you guessed one of the hymenopterans… That is a good guess and it would seem obvious, but ultimately incorrect.
You won’t believe this…

It was the bite of a Lacewing larva (very similar to an antlion)! I’d been outside in the garden, and then just went inside again briefly when suddenly it felt like needles in my arm! I pulled up my sleeve and I saw the unmistakable massive jaws clamping down.

Who’d have thought right? No joke; unfortunately, I didn’t think to snap a photo of it in the act. 🙂 I just wanted it to let go of my arm.

What did I do with it? Gently pulled its vice-like jaws off of my bicep and released it in the garden of course. They are beneficial insects, harmless to humans but pack a wallup!

Good stuff!

It’s a great time of year to seasonally unplug if you haven’t already. It was the first chance I had for seasonal unplugged time in awhile since I was finishing university. I took several days and it was so refreshing. I highly recommend it, but try to avoid antlion-like larvae. They hurt.

Veg Spring Rolls!!


These are veg spring rolls with rice paper and mint leaves. Check them out! Aren’t they “purdy”?! I can only take some of the credit though. My sister did most of it.

You can find most of the ingredients including the peanut sauce, rice vermicelli, rice paper and fresh mint leaves at most local Asian markets.
She makes them just like they are in the Chinese restaurants. They are inexpensive, nutritious and oh so tasty. Enjoy!

Remember that the posts on this blog are simply appetizers. The banquet is found in the books

-O

VeggieConnection.com