Friday, June 28, 2013

Ten Things I Learned in June

I'm joining Emily today for something brand new. She has invited us to write a post about things we've learned in June. So here goes:

1. Cardinals really will build a nest in an artificial plant hanging from your front porch. They will have six babies and Papa will help with the feeding.

2. Despite the fact that I had to resort to an artificial plant for the front porch (having murdered two perfectly beautiful ones) I can actually plant flowers in the ground. And.....they will grow.

3. Deer will leave your flowers alone if their name is Lantana. I am so happy. They graze all over our land, but amazingly they haven't bothered my little flower garden. They turn up their noses at Oleander as well.

4. It is possible to spend eleven hours in doctors' waiting rooms over the course of only two days.

5. I never, ever spell "occasion" correctly. I spelled it with two s's that time too!

6. Feedly works! I have now made the switch from Google Reader - all by myself!

7. Walking is a great way to memorize scripture. I carry my little index cards with me and by the time I'm done - I've got another verse tucked away inside this aging brain.

8. I am hopelessly out of touch with the current batch of celebrities. I've learned I don't know who anyone is, what songs are popular or what's big at the box office. I really am getting old.

9. Learning to listen - really listen - is a very difficult discipline. Before every conversation, in recent days, I've promised myself I won't interrupt - not one time. So far I've been a complete and total failure.

10. Mama birds are very good at pushing little ones out of the nest. It's been fascinating to watch.

Come join us at Emily's blog. Lots of great stuff!



  1. Love these, Linda! Great tips for memorizing Scripture. And I always misspell occasion. And resturant. And calendar. It's terrible.

    Thanks for linking up!

  2. This is a sweet post, Linda. And, I learned some new things today! ;o)

  3. Linda,
    I made my way to your blog via Emily's link-up, and I am so glad that I did! I love your list. Numbers 8 & 9 totally apply to me. I really like your approach to listening n=in # 9, and I think that I need to try that tactic as well. I ALWAYS find myself interrupting others - not my loveliest trait!

  4. I always spell cemetary wrong. I guess it's because I'm old and trying to avoid the real thing.

    My SIL said she plans to hang Dial soap from her little tree this winter to keep the deer away. I wonder if that's what finally happened to the Mother's Day lilac the kids gave me a couple years ago. Nibbled to nibs. I wonder if it would work to spread slivers of Dial around the garden. Nah. You'd probably just end up with a bubble bath when it rained.

    And I'm jealous of the cardinal nest.

  5. What a wonderful list! Maybe I should try silk flowers in my poor dry flower bed :(

    I always misspell embarrassed (hey, I did it! ~ I think!)

  6. Occasion is a stumbling block for me, too. Enjoyed learning what you have learned this month.

  7. I only know the stuff in #8 because of the kids I teach. They keep me current. I've been trying hard at that listening stuff---it can be tough.
    During finals, you were only supposed to come if you had a final. However, if you rode the bus, you had to stay for all periods. So I, who didn't have finals, had kids at times when I wished I didn't---I wanted to grade. I told myself to ease up, put the papers down, and talk to the kids sitting there bored. Wow! I got some lessons myself!

  8. Just found your blog through emily's blog...great round up here. I have no doubt I would love memorizing scripture while walking! I am a kinesthetic that is perfect for me.
    Have loved scrolling through your blog and catching up with your sweet little birds! Fascinating!

  9. 11 hours in a doctor's office! Hope all is okay. Thank you for the great tip to use time walking to memorize scripture.

  10. I love the idea of birds nesting in a plastic plant...proof that a family can grow and make a home anywhere. I needed to be reminded of that today, thank you!

  11. I love your list. Australia is one of my words that I never get right the first time - for some reason I add an extra I making it Austrailia. I also almost always add a d to the word an.
    I can so relate to #8 and #9.