Simple Moodlings

Simple Moodlings n: 1. modest meanderings of the mind about living simply and with less ecological impact; 2. "long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering" (Brenda Ueland) of the written kind; 3. odds and ends inspired by life and the thoughts of others

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August 2021 Seven-minute garden tour
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August 2021 Seven-minute garden tour
Things have definitely progressed since my July 2021 Seven-minute garden tour. We've been away for the past two weeks, and I'm always amazed by how much things grow in such short periods of time. Especially those squash plants!The weather has been pretty warm since we got back from the mountains ...
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Sunday Reflection: Kaffeeklatsch with God and Lidia
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Sunday Reflection: Kaffeeklatsch with God and Lidia
Good morning, God.As you can see, Lidia's espressois still a part of my Sunday ritual,so I'm sure you don't mind if I invite her to join usunder the pear treefor this morning's quiet reflection.Good morning,Lidia.I'm so glad you are a member of my personal communion of saintsw...
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Waiting for as long as it takes
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Waiting for as long as it takes
I don't know who put this on the fence that surrounds the grounds of St. Joseph Seminary/Newman Theological College/Offices of the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton, but I thank them for their efforts. When I stopped to take this picture, another woman pulled up in her car, and we stood there...
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Sharing with the birds
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Sharing with the birds
I had a gorgeous crop of Saskatoon berries that were coming along nicely. Looking them over last week, my imagination gave me enough to bake a pie, or at least to make a few dozen smoothies. I should have known better than to count my berries before the birds!This year our garden has been a playg...
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A little goose parade
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A little goose parade
My eldest and I went on a couple of lovely walks on recent evenings near Chickacoo Lake in the Glory Hills west of Edmonton, during a dog/house-sitting stint for Christina's friends. We were looking at a map of the walking trails in the area when Christina suddenly said, "Don't move."I slowly tur...
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Patience for something beauty-full
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Patience for something beauty-full
My six-year-old blooming Lionheart amaryllisSome years ago, I asked a florist to send an amaryllis to my dear friend in Belgium as a Christmas gift. Gaby was delighted and wrote to me, saying, "she is very beauty-full!" So the next fall, I ordered a bulb for myself, and planted it so it would blo...
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2021 Seven-minute garden tour
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2021 Seven-minute garden tour
I guess I really wasn't awake when I made this video in my pajamas on Tuesday. It's not 2020, it's 2021, and the thing the lettuce is planted in is called a cold frame, of course. But in spite of spoken errors, at least this seven-minute video gives me a record of how things are going in the vege...
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Canada Day in 2021
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Our neighbour is renovating his childhood home right next door to us, and in the process, his electrical supply wire is being rerouted -- right up against the backyard flag pole where we hang our Canada Flag every July 1st, Canada Day. At first, I was quite unhappy that we had to take the fl...
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Sunday Reflection: My morning prayer
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I've gotten out of the habit of posting on Sundays, mainly because my Sunday mornings are now spent with the Inner City Pastoral Ministry, where we opened worship to 30 participants today, first time since November, and where we are able to provide lunch/snack bags for 200 people (and lots of wat...
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Saying no to coal
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Saying no to coal
With the June 17th Alberta Energy Regulator's decision against the Grassy Mountain Coal development in Southern Alberta, ranchers, farmers, environmentalists, First Nations communities and people like me are breathing a huge sigh of relief.For a few minutes, anyway.But there are more coal project...
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