It has been almost two weeks since I posted and I apologize for slacking off. While it may sound strange I’ve been examining myself about my reactions to the WuFLU, how the government reactions have played out and now we have riots in many cities all over the USA.
Some impressions about how the front yard is doing since the big tree has been gone:
- Every plant is putting on a lot of growth with the additional sunlight, that includes the weeds! My strawberry garlic and flowers have benefited from more sunlight.
- SW Idaho had a couple of 95+ degree days the new windows, fans and blinds kept the house around 75 degrees. Overall I don’t think losing the big tree will affect my homes’s internal temp. but it will have a huge affect on the plants in the front yard.
- I’m still brainstorming ideas of how to use the area/section of yard but I have not committed to any particular idea other than adding a sitting area of some sort around the the tree stump.
Mom and I had the first steaks grilled on the patio over Memorial day weekend. I wanted to clean up and rearrange the patio area as it was looking a bit shabby. I used one of the pressure water wands on the vinyl siding to clean off a years worth of dust, dirt and cobwebs. The siding still needs a little scrubbing to get it clean, but just using the pressure wand on the garden hose really made that part of the siding look much better and was much less work than dealing with the wood siding!
I have a “vision” of my patio to be an outdoor kitchen as well as sanctuary to sit and just enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning or a beer/glass of wine in the summer evenings. I did a lot of clean up of weeds around the back yard walkways. I mowed the lawn and the grass is doing very well except directly under the apple tree. I trimmed a few branches to let more sunlight hit the problem areas. I know that Spring time is not the optimal time to plant grass seed but using the compost/steer manure mix to augment the soil and cover the grass seed has not only helped the grass fill in the lawn but it seems to keep many weeds from taking root. I cleaned up many thistle, weeds and dandelions in my backyard but in the lawn area there is only one dandelion plant.
I had one lawn spot that got infested with a mint. While I knew mint could invade a spot I did not anticipate how woody the stems got close the the ground or how tough it was to dig up the roots. I doubt I got all the mint roots in this area but I laid down some small pebble/sand mix to give my cats a place to dig/scratch and do all those cat things in a place that is away from my garden beds. While it is early days into this test the cats seem to love having this area to scratch, lounge, play and so far no pooping. I set out an old cat litter box beside the patio to encourage the kitties to practice better sanitation. Results are positive so far, so I will make more little digging areas around the yard that are pet friendly. I am using materials that make it easy to scoop up the poo and it might help keep mice out of the house if they smell predator poo around the house perimeter. I don’t think you can stop animals from following their instincts but you can make places that are easier or more difficult to follow those instincts. Laziness is a survival tool because the animal expends less calories by being lazy. I’m not sure why cutting down that mint seem to open up that section of the patio but the kittens love it and it is a “hoot” to watch the kittens pounce, lounge and generally enjoy this new area of the backyard.
Onto the riots:
- I think these riots/protest are being organised to take advantage of the USA. I don’t think it is a conspiracy per se, but tapping into people’s frustration and anger as an opportunity to create chaos.
- We recently had an SJW mayor elected in Boise and she got slammed about some of her “Studies/suggestions”. A local person was contacted by Black Lives Matter about organizing a protest and then BLM dropped coming to Boise. There was a small multi-racial protest about police brutality on the state house steps. Idaho is a Constitutional carry state! That means if you can legally purchase a gun you can carry it openly or concealed legally any where in public. I doubt BLM wood want a bunch of private citizens legally stopping riots and looting simply by protecting themselves and property.
- Red/conservative states are opening up economically and the Blue/progressive states want to maintain the lockdowns for some reason. It’s not like any governments care about people dying unless it looks bad to the politicians. Let conservatives/libertarians/republicans get back to work! If the virus is so bad those people will get sick/die first!
I don’t know about this virus and if it safe to go back to normal interactions. I think it is probably safe but I can’t say for certain. I’m in a “vulnerable group” of having a immune disorder so I wear a mask because I’m at risk. I wore a mask when the WHO/CDC called me bad names and locals looked at me as a “weirdo” back in March. I wear a mask shopping then and now because I think it is the best thing for me and my health. Wearing a mask was never a political statement or to be trendy and if I think wearing a mask is dumb or unhealthy, I’ll stop wearing a mask.
I was a shut down International travel, close the borders, protect the seniors and wear a mask for 2-4 weeks and perhaps close schools over Spring break up to a month. I was never a shut down all small businesses or hospitals/clinics/dentists type of person.
I hope people will learn after seeing stuff either first hand or on the internet/tv media will learn the the lessons of self reliance and the government won’t protect them. Perhaps kids that want to learn will thrive intellectually being home schooled.