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July 03, 2017

Happy Birthday America, July 4th

A belated Happy Birthday to Canada, July 1st.

A weekend of celebrations, and for some, a four day weekend.

Even with all the problems, we still are some pretty special countries.

Karen, Yolanda, and I enjoyed our short, whirlwind tour of Traverse City, and the Leelanau Peninsula in northern Michigan.

I enjoy the scenery, Yolanda simply enjoys coming along.

Karen especially enjoyed the visit to a small Alpaca ranch.

There were lighthouses to visit, and Voted #1 by USA Today, Moomers Ice Cream and Dairy Farm.

A small Farm that makes Ice cream and bottles milk on sight.

Okay, there were all the shops for Karen too.

Hey, it's what a husband does, isn't it?

This is a light week, I simply had no time for research or writing.

Besides, I know you are busy as well.

I have to get something off my chest.

I'm wondering, is this what our young people or all of us in general have become.

Follow me a minute.......

There is a nice rest area Half way between Grand Rapids, MI. and What I call Up north.

Just before Cadillac, MI.

Stopping is a tradition for us.

I get out, walk into the men's bathroom and there is a young man (20sh) Standing at a urinal 'Texting'

Are You Kidding Me, I thought.

I did everything in my power to not say anything.

You can't wait a minute or two?

Had I not seen thumbs moving like crazy, he may have been taking a selfie.

Okay, that was disgusting.

Have we become so addicted to our devices that this is an outcome?

I'm sorry, I had to rant, and possibly give you a chuckle.

The first of the month means it is time to give your feeders a good, thorough scrubbing.

Deep clean and sanitize.

Besides birds spreading cooties, seed and feed gets wet and spoils.

Rancid food can cause all sorts of issues for your feathered friends.

This especially holds true if you feed hull less, or no mess blends.

Seed and feed get wet, mushy and turn bad real quick in the heat of summer.

Continue to provide fresh water too.

If you don't clean or put fresh water in daily, a cap or two of Chlorine bleach at dusk will kill off algae and a few other things.

By morning the chlorine will have oxidized and not harm you birds.

Be careful when it come to feeding, and fertilizing lawns and gardens right now.

If you are not able to provide water, you are only stressing out your yards and gardens more than they already are.

If you can provide water, it is always best to do it in the cool of the day.

Mornings or evenings when watering can do the most good.

Besides, one third to one half of the water evaporates in the hot sun when watering in mid-afternoon.

To add another bit, water droplets can scorch, or leave sun burned marks on foliage.

Well, it is time to fly for now.

Let Freedom Ring.

Now here is your positive thought for the week.

God Bless.

“What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Good or bad, this holds true.

The bible teaches us to be imitators of the Lord.

"Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct,
imitate their faith".

Hebrews 13:7

"Be imitators of me, brothers and sisters, and watch carefully those who are living this way, just as you have us as an example. For many live (about whom I often told you, and now say even with tears) as enemies of the cross of Christ".

Philippians 3: 17,18

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our

Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb.

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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Gardening For Wildlife.

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