My house has been invaded by these things.  I am not exaggerating when I tell you that every morning there are hundreds of them all over the outside of our house.

Throughout the day, I kill at least a hundred of these little bugs inside my house.

I’m about ready to buy poison and spray the entire exterior of my house, but I decided to make this effort first.

Can you help me identify these bugs, and perhaps then, help me figure out why so many are so attracted to my house?  The picture to the upper right is really blurry, I know, but when touched these things curl up like that.  I thought this might help someone identify them.  Typically, they are up to an inch long.

I don’t want to spew poison chemicals all over my house, but I am about to that point.  Can you help me find another way to stop the invasion?

Healing Drought

What’s the best way to water your lawn?

The American Lawns website recommends 3/4 to 1 inch of water per week, and applying it “as infrequently as possible.”

I’ve known this for some time and have been practicing this summer.  We try to limit watering any part of our yard to once per week, and watering deeply enough to soak in.  Any expert will tell you that watering this way encourages deep root growth, which makes for a healthier, more drought-resistant lawn.

Since I love making analogies between physical and spiritual things, I wondered this morning, what is the significance of this deep-water metaphor for spirituality?

It makes sense to me that deep watering of our souls would produce deeper, stronger, healthier roots in our lives.  But what is the difference between deep and shallow soul-watering?  Surely not the difference between daily and weekly devotional time?

Have you been watering your soul deeply enough?  If so, what is your method/process? If not, what are you going to do about it?

Sustainable Argument

I’ve blogged several times about water conservation and usage. (Here, here, here, and here, for a few)

Word gets around (apparently) because someone asked me recently if I thought water down the drain was gone for good and not reusable.

Of course not, I replied.

Then why did I care how much water I used?

Here’s the best argument I have for why we (generally) ought to learn to use less water.

Even during this time of economic downturn, the world is developing at a pretty good clip.  Though more than a billion people still live on less than $2 a day, and a huge number do not have easy access to safe water, these numbers are decreasing.

I believe these numbers can, and should, continue to decrease, and that this doesn’t mean (necessarily) that the wealthy have to get less wealthy.

It does mean, however, that more of us will have to share a finite amount of fresh water.

If all 6 billion people on the planet had access to fresh water, would there be enough for all of them to use the same amount per day as you and I do?  I don’t think so.

If those of us who have plenty, and access to more wter than we could possibly need, would take the time to intentionally cut back on our waste, the finite amout of water we have would go farther as more and more people continue to gain reasonable access to it.

Wise Water Use

In August last year, after it had been really hot for several weeks, I realized I wasn’t watering our vegetable garden enough.  I had been watering enough to keep the plants alive, but barely.  Nothing was producing.

About the same time I noticed our air-conditioner drain that is not 20 feet from the vegetable garden.  Here was a free source of water!

I put a 5 gallon bucket underneath the spout. I was surprised to find the bucket full the next morning.  It was full again that evening.

During the hottest part of the summer, we have an extra 10 gallons of water a day to keep plants going, and this water is absolutely free.

What ideas/discoveries have you made to capture/reuse water?

A Worthwhile Cause?

Not every cause promises to change one’s life.  If I jump on board with this one, mine would surely be very different. I read this morning, on a General Board of Church and Society note, about Killer Coke.

I’ve blogged about my love of Diet Coke before.  In fact, I found a post about the stuff from August 2005 – was I really blogging back then?  Giving up Diet Coke in supprot of this cause would be a drastic change for me.

dietcokeI am going to read more about the protest, and I’ll let you know.

How Our Garden Grows

Rachel and I have have a plot of dirt in the front that has no grass.  It is right up next to the house and has a couple of bushes planted, but there is still plenty of open space.  Last summer we made a weak attempt at getting some colorful plants to grow.

This year, Rachel did some research into what kind of plants grow well in this part of the world, and with the amount of sun that plot of dirt gets.  We planted some sage and lantana.  They are growing beuatifully!  WIth some close attention and extra water when they were first planted, they have taken root and now practically take care of themselves.

At the garden sections of the big box stores, you can buy the same plants in Texas, Vermont, Florida, and Oregon.  If you do some homework, though, you can find out what grows well where you live.

Except in cases of extreme drought, we won’t have to water this plot much, if at all, throughout the summer.  If we had picked plants that enjoy Vermont’s or Florida’s summers, we would be watering them everyday.

I wonder how much this is a metaphor for us, too.  If we find places geographical, vocational, and relational for which we are made, we can find that we more naturally grow and flourish.

Are you were you were meant to be?  How do you get there from here?