Wednesday .. another on and off again rainy day! No worries about the plants not getting enough water.
I see that the young Cooper’s Hawk seems quite at home, atop the wild and crazy tree. Yesterday was day two of his residency. I can tell when he’s arrived as the yard is suddenly quite quiet.
I’ve seen the quick flash of wings as adult hawks have zipped through the yard .. but this is the first time I’ve actually witnessed one sitting quietly in the tree.
The only bird that I’ve seen that is bold enough to be in the same air space is the little Anna! She darts around, quite the expert flyer, easily able (thus far) to avoid the killer beak.
I saw one of the Anna juveniles on a branch of the wild and crazy tree .. when the hawk wasn’t there. He (she?) is quite chubby and hasn’t yet attained the brilliant plumage of the adult. The male flew in and settled on another branch and his silhouette was quite slender in comparison.
Still plodding away, entering details of my gardening books into a document. Lots of work and it will take many days before I’m finished. I’m enjoying taking the time to look through the pages of the books .. such a wealth of information there. And this list will greatly help me in studying and making notes in the upcoming Organic Master Gardening Course. Quite exciting times for me .. and I’m so happy to finally follow one of my many dreams. Step one …
I have purchased many books, some have been gifts, some have been from book sales and some from library book sales (very lucky there!) . As I’ve been trying to remove some plasticized covers from the library books, I’ve been a little curious about the methods of book covers and labels that have been used.
Curiosity won out when I looked at the inside of a paper cover and noted the words “Gaylord No. 12 .. for books 10 1/8″ to 12″ high” .. now .. as a non-library person, this was interesting to me.
I pictured countless library personnel, toiling away in the long days at work in a side room at a library. Unpacking new arrivals, choosing the proper paper cover, the correct paper pockets that are affixed to the inside page, choosing the variety of library identification labels and identification codes.
Making lists of items to order for the future. Verifying that all was correct, before placing the books on a cart and onto shelves for library patrons to choose.
So I decided to search for “Gaylord Bros., Syracuse, NY” .. and what a treasure trove I found. Here I am … toiling away in our chilly, bare basement .. entering the fabulous world of the internet .. and what words greet me .. when I click on this site? http://www.gaylord.com/page_manager_st_leftnav_no_ewe.asp?page_ID=gaylord_innovations&LeftNav_ID=901
These words caught my attention right away: “To continue our story… our beloved brothers, Willis and Henry worked eagerly in a cellar workshop after banking hours, designing a gummed paper with which to repair torn currency.”
Straight away, my curiosity was piqued. Ok, I was working away in a chilly basement .. and here were these two hardworking guys, after a long day at a boring job in a bank .. well, they were working in a basement also.
They had a clever idea and went with it ….gummed paper to repair torn paper bills. Their success rate was low, however, they continued and on the way, found more markets and worked hard. Success found them. They moved onwards and upwards. Developing, marketing, always working hard. They are still successful.
I found this story to be such an interesting one .. full of determination, forging ahead, always progressing .. a success story. An honest one. I’ll save this site as a favourite.. a source for inspiration. They never ever gave up and that’s the energy that I like.
I can compare this to my gardening life .. it’s one I’ve always wanted. And now I have the opportunity and the means to further my dream. Inspired and energized.
As I wander through other blogs on creativity and gardening, I’m again inspired by the “stick to it” attitude that I read on various sites. And the sheer creativity that people have towards repurposing everyday items. And the generosity of those who share their ideas with others.
It’s a great ole life when we can all share our ideas and projects!
Gotta love it.