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Old 09-01-2014, 11:09 AM   #21
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This is a great thread. On days off I usually just "hang out" at home. I have a bird feeder and watching the birds is a favorite "activity". This week I saw a hummingbird for the first time in 10 years ! I found a hummingbird feeder on clearance for 75 cents, made "nectar" (1 part sugar: 4 parts water) and have been watching the hummer come and go. I don't know if she's a permanent resident or just passing through on migration, but seeing her over the past 2 days has been such a joy.
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Old 09-01-2014, 12:29 PM   #22
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Great thread.

There is something about the beauty of nature that can create calm and sometimes a mystical experience. This was a major reason why I chose to live where I do. After a very high pressure career I really appreciate peace and quiet and the time to watch and listen.

A couple of nights ago, while reading, I heard a whooing sound. I went outside on my balcony and saw a large owl sitting on a trellis 20 feet away. We stared at one another for a few minutes, the owl said "Whoo Hoo" a couple more times, and then swooped down to the adjoining field to hunt for small animals. Priceless!
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This reminds me of the whole "mindfulness" meditation movement that appears to be going on. It's basically a strategy to get yourself to stop and smell the roses...appreciate the little moments every day - the present.

Comes more naturally to some, but I think most people have to work at living in the moment and appreciating it. I know I do.
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My favorite memories of summers growing up was going to the library on Saturday morning with my Dad. He would sit and look through the entire week's Wall St. Journal (that was when he was too cheap to subscribe) and often a magazine or two. My sister and I would comb the stacks looking for books to check out and read during the week. Usually I went through at least a book a day. I started reading adult nonfiction in 2nd grade and checked out books on all kinds of odd topics. The librarian even took my picture with a pile of books I had checked out about 2' tall and used it in a window display!

I could still spend all day in a library just browsing the stacks.
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A big +1 to this. I used to love lying in the grass as a kid, either in the back garden, or in the fields nearby, and watching the clouds slowly move across the sky. To this day, whenever I stare up at the sky and hear the rustle of the leaves in the trees, it stirs something very deep in me. Part of that it is the nostalgia for my childhood, but part of it is something deeper and very peaceful.



I remember a friend in college laughing at me because I took interest and pleasure in what he thought were very mundane things. He found it most amusing that it didn't take much to keep me happy.



But really - how much do you actually need to be content?

In all seriousness, this is a very nice thread. It relaxes me some just reading it. I certainly love the comments about day hiking in the mountains.

But this lying in the grass thing. I remember doing it as a kid and liking it very much. Not to steal REWahoo's personal crusade to dissuade folks from the terrors of Texas, but the thought of lying in the grass today brings pictures of fire ant mounds and not so peaceful moments scraping those buggers off of your body.

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Not to steal REWahoo's personal crusade to dissuade folks from the terrors of Texas, but the thought of lying in the grass today brings pictures of fire ant mounds and not so peaceful moments scraping those buggers off of your body.

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Add in some ticks along with the fire ants and you won't be lying in the grass for a while...
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Add in some ticks along with the fire ants and you won't be lying in the grass for a while...
Don't forget the chiggers!
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A "friend" at work told me "you know what your problem is? you are easily amused"
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To which the proper response is a great big belly laugh.
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Excellent thread! The Air Force has given me the opportunity to see much of the world (probably much more than what the average American will get to see), but I always loved coming home. Today, I'm tired of travel and don't think I'll be traveling by air for a very long time.

I get a lot of satisfaction being at home and in the local area. There are so many things to do here and most are free or low cost.

Even with all the local stuff to do, I'm usually very content to spend the morning on the deck with my coffee, Kindle and the birds. After that, I will 'retire' to my hammock to enjoy the sky view and my eyelids.

Oh yes, 45 days until my last day...I can't wait!

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We appreciate all the nice parks, gardens and museum we can visit locally. I think our best day was taking a sack lunch into San Francisco and visiting the Asian Art Museum with a free library pass. They had a traveling exhibit of treasures of India. It was way cool. We knew then that ER was going to work out and that we didn't have to spend a ton of money to have a fun time.

This past month or so we went to the Academy of Science, took a mine tour, went hiking in the Redwoods, visited the State Railroad Museum and saw a Cal Shakes play. Besides gas all we paid for was a cookie at the museum and split a beer at the Cal Shakes play. Combining good fun with bargains and free activities - that is my hobby these days.

Coming up is another Cal Shakespeare play, the Exploratorium, the Oakland Zoo and a planetarium visit. The planning and free cost is half the fun.
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I love to sit outside in my screened porch. Living out in the country, I can sit and watch the hawks soaring on the breezes, watch the hummingbirds at the feeder, enjoy the summer wind. Sometimes I try to read out there but get distracted by nature's sights and sounds. It's very restful......
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Sometimes I try to read out there but get distracted by nature's sights and sounds.
That's funny - I do the same thing. I am rarely successful in trying to read outside, for the same reason!
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If I rise early enough, it's fairly quiet on my patio, with only a slight amount of distant traffic noise, and I can watch the bats swoop around, and I can enjoy as much of the sunrise as the neighbor's trees allow me to see. But sometime around 7:00-7:30, the lawn movers, weed whackers, and leaf blowers awaken...
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If I rise early enough, it's fairly quiet on my patio, with only a slight amount of distant traffic noise, and I can watch the bats swoop around, and I can enjoy as much of the sunrise as the neighbor's trees allow me to see. But sometime around 7:00-7:30, the lawn movers, weed whackers, and leaf blowers awaken...
BAT TIME ! I have two favorite times to sit outside. "PRETTY COLOR TIME" (early dusk when the sky turns the most amazing colors) and "BAT TIME" (shortly after that when the bats come out and start their hunt).

Now if I could drag myself out of bed earlier I could see both of those twice a day. Alas, I love the feel of my bed and usually spend 90 minutes each morning going in and out of sleep. Another great, yet simple, pleasure.
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Add in some ticks along with the fire ants and you won't be lying in the grass for a while...
+1. Asked DD to find me a new chair hammock so I can enjoy the backyard once it gets below 90, hopefully within a month or so. My original one rotted away after 10+ years and the replacement that I got from BradsDeals was barely worth the $19 I paid for it. POC.

I especially enjoy lying out there at dusk and looking up into the trees to the evening sky - we have some really nice live oaks in our backyard as do our neighbors. Lovely way to spend an evening (with glass of wine in hand of course)
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It's not only old age that heightens the pleasure of simple everyday experiences. Years of 100+hr work weeks (plus 24/7 phone calls) has a way of doing the same thing
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If I rise early enough, it's fairly quiet on my patio, with only a slight amount of distant traffic noise, and I can watch the bats swoop around, and I can enjoy as much of the sunrise as the neighbor's trees allow me to see. But sometime around 7:00-7:30, the lawn movers, weed whackers, and leaf blowers awaken...
Neighbors who fired up lawn equipment prior to 8:30 am would find themselves face to face with one "fired up" neighbor. Not acceptable!
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Neighbors who fired up lawn equipment prior to 8:30 am would find themselves face to face with one "fired up" neighbor. Not acceptable!
My own personal rule is 10AM to 5PM. I'm a neighbor too and get get noise from others.

What gets me are the 6 to 8PM noise blowers on Saturday evening. Totally ruins dinner on the porch.
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