I’m in a flurry getting ready to leave town for a wedding and our trip to Spain. So I’m putting this out to you, dear readers: What’s on your book shelf? What DVDs are you loving right now?
I just starting reading Sy Montgomery’s The Soul of the Octopus, and it’s so good that I resented having to get up and move on to other things. Sy is one of our country’s most insightful writers about the natural world, and if you’ve never been fascinated by the intelligence of the amazing animals we call octopus, trust me, you will be before you’ve finished the first page.
Sitting on my bed stand is Canine Nutrigenomics by Jean Dodds and Diana Laverdure, published by Dogwise. This is a book I should read, cover to cover. I tell myself this every day. It’s primary topic is how diet affects gene expression, and given my interest in health, diet and behavior, you’d think I would have devoured it by now. But sigh, I find that I am often not who I think I should be, and every time I open the book I read a few pages and then I get distracted by my ‘to do’ list for the day, or the song of the rufous-sided towhee outside the window. I suspect I simply get overwhelmed, and have resolved when I get back from our trip to read small sections at a time.
Also on my bed stand is Suzanne Clothier’s The Connection Collection: Relationship Centered Training Articles. I loved Bones Would Rain from the Sky, and I suspect I’m going to love these articles too. Have you read it yet? I love Suzanne’s focus on relationship, and expect it will rise from the pages like mist over a lake in the morning.
But what about you? What new book or DVD in the dog world has caught your attention, good or bad? I’d love to hear–my bed stand never has enough books sitting beside it.
MEANWHILE, back on the farm: Busy busy busy getting ready to leave town. Right now I’m at that phase in which you cross one thing off your To Do list, and add three more. I just have to keep reminding myself that this too shall pass; that soon we’ll be on the plane and the farm sitters will take over for awhile.
But I have to admit: It’s hard to leave in fall. I love the way the light and the colors change this time of year, and besides, there’s a lot to do on a farm in September in Wisconsin. Yesterday I took a break from chores, and cruised the farm with my camera. Here is some of what I found:
Seed stalks of the native prairie grass Big Blue are gracing the garden now.
I found a tiny nest (the size of a clementine?) hidden amongst the goldenrod stalks. It seems very late in the year for a youngster to mature enough to make the long migration down south in just two months. I don’t know what species the nestling belongs too, I left it alone after taking the photograph to avoid frightening the parents. Best guess is a chipping sparrow, because a pair nested close by last year, with a nest about the same size and out of similar materials.
Here’s a fine sight in fall: A barn with 310 bales of recently stacked hay bales. We unloaded them all Saturday morning, in brutal heat and humidity (why is it ALWAYS 90 degrees and humid when one unloads hay and stacks it in the barn?) Hay this year was a bit tricky to get: The alfalfa grew like crazy but it was rarely dry enough to bale. The hay that was planned for us was ruined by 2.5 inches of rain, so we ended up with hay that has a bit more grass in it than I’d like. But, come winter, I’m sure the sheep will appreciate it!
All this will be there when we get back. So why am I missing it already?