Sunday, July 15, 2012
One Shot Two Shot
Heyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!! I got him!! I was so excited! I had just said in that last post that I wanted to get a shot at this dragonfly but it was about impossible, as they are kinda rare. (edit: I think I actually said that on Facebook, not here) Well, this morning, as I was piddlin' in the garden, this one came along like the ol' spider and sat down beside me! I didn't have my camera with me and thought there was no way he was going to wait around for me to go get it but I ran off anyway and retrieved it. Not only did this guy, or girl, wait for me but sat on the flower patiently and let me take picture after picture. As you can see, I got pretty close because my camera doesn't do very well using it's telephoto feature, but these are very clear.
In fact, it was such a bizarre coincidence, (said that before) that I briefly thought maybe the dragonfly was actually dead and just stuck to the flower! But he turned his little head a couple times and flicked his wings to show me he was in fact, still amongst the living. I took a number of photos and then thanked him for his time.
I am still intending to get back to the frugal posts I had been doing. Just about the time I think maybe things are calming down a little something comes up again but maybe tonight I can do a little writing. I was getting a little stressed about things yesterday so I got Jack to take me out last night, into Birmingham, and we enjoyed a nice dinner and just some mindless window shopping and such.
At any rate, I did want to write just a little bit of a disclaimer on those posts anyway. I am fully aware that a lot of the methods I have used for financial freedom and just my life in general is not what most people would want or even be able to do. Now, I know a lot of you agree with my methods but, keep in mind, ya'll are a very small percentage of a selection of people from literally all over the world. I have been writing for 6 years and have, relatively, very few followers. Now, that's not why I write; I'm just saying I know that a lot of what I have to say is not popular and I often have a brusque way of putting what I do have to say. Don't really mean to but that's just the way it comes out and the medium of this cyber world is limiting as far as emotions go. I am often joking about stuff or being very tongue in cheek and I don't think it shows sometimes. So, I said all that to say, I'm not as hard-nosed as I may appear, at least not towards other people. I do demand a fair amount from myself. For all the years I have been building on my house I have had people ask me how I did all this. Well, I just answer them truthfully but I have learned not to care if anybody takes my advice or even takes me seriously. At first, I thought people asked because they wanted to try some of it themselves but then I realized most people won't. They are just curious I guess or think I'm weird and people simply like to investigate curiosities. It doesn't matter to me. I've had friends say they didn't want me to see something they built or whatever because I might be offended that it wasn't built like I would think it should be. I couldn't care less if people built their chicken coops upside down, if that's what they want. I do hate to see people, especially friends, work so hard to do things and not start out on a good foundation or such because I know later it is going to be a problem for them. Redoing projects is costly in many ways. But, people have a right to do things their way.
I realize most people want their Smartphones and I-Pads or whatever they are. They want 300 TV channels and they want their dogs laying up on the couch with them watching the TV. I couldn't give a shit. If you have the money for all that, have at it. And lots of people do. I know some animals that are cleaner than a lot of kids! I realize most women had rather let their husbands do the hard stuff or at least, the heavy lifting and I can see the benefit in that, really. I just write here about what works for me. A lot of the things I know now and write about, I know because I messed up so much in the past. I would hope I could just share some of what I have learned to help somebody else. So, there it is; I got that off my chest! I'll try to post the next segment about food soon.