Historical Zoo Cats’ Gardening Tips #FridayRecommends

Friday RecommendsI love reading about and watching survival/historic cooking and such. Wouldn’t wanna do it, but I love reading about and watching it from the comfort of my home. I be like, “Oh, how interesting: They dig a pit and eliminate bodily waste into it and cover it up. ‘Scuse me while I go use my flush toilet.” Or, “Hmmm. You can catch a rabbit in a snare and kill it with a heavy rock and skin it with a sharp rock and build a fire, and … OR I CAN GO TO THE REFRIGERATOR AND GET A BEER AND A PACKET OF STRING CHEESE.”

But, since I love reading about and watching that stuff, I was happy as a pig in slop to find Townsends’ YouTube channel. If you’re into 18th Century reproductions of clothing and accessories and/or videos of how to build an earthen oven, what soldiers ate on the march, or what stagecoach travel was like, check out Townsends. From the Department of Small World: I know a guy who knows the guy! And that guy also has a reproduction clothing and accessories bidniss: Taylor Rose Historical Outfitters. How cool is that? Way, that’s how!

What if zoos did this thing where they went on Twitter and left Amazon-style reviews of their animals? Oh, wait — they do! Here’s an article about it on IFL Science. If you don’t know what IFL stands for, you don’t FL science.

Now, you may love guns, as some of my friends do, or you may hate them, as I do, but the topic needs to be faced and discussed without yelling and digging into a position that’s totally visceral and polarized. This animator makes a good case for the control-don’t-ban position using cats in place of guns.

Meanwhile, in the world of nature, spring is almost here in the Northern Hemisphere. That means it’s time for us to think about plantin’ and growin’ and, for some of us, decoratin’ and fancyin’. Not us us, specifically, ’cause that’s not how we roll. We make big talk about having a koi pond and a fountain but, except the one #4 Daughter and I snuck and made out of a washtub while Charlie was out of town, that is not gonna happen. But, if you want to build a fountain or buy a snowblower or trim a hedge, head over to The Loyal Gardener. They also have gardening stuff, of course, and beautiful stuff it is, too.

A WRITING PROMPT BASED ON MY POST: Write about a cat and a garden.

MA

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I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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