A Morning Song (For Earth Day)

Morning has broken, like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
Praise for them springing fresh from the Word.

Sweet the rain’s new fall, sunlit from heaven
Like the first dewfall, on the first grass
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden
Sprung in completeness where His feet pass.

Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning
Born of the one light, Eden saw play
Praise with elation, praise every morning
God’s recreation of the new day.

Deer Repellent 101

Yes, I know this is my second post on deer repellent today. I can’t help it. They nibbled the buds off my David Austin roses. I’m really angry. And it isn’t a good idea to make me mad.

So I’m mixing up a witch’s brew that will keep them away for weeks, if not the whole summer. This stuff is going to be brutal. It serves them right. It isn’t like they don’t have a whole forest of honeysuckle bushes to keep them fat and sassy.

I’m going to make a confession here.  I don’t use an exact formula. I use whatever I have hanging around the house that I know deer (and rabbits) hate.

To wit:

Hot sauce

Garlic (and/or anything else in the onion family)

Liquid dish detergent

Sour milk

Eggs, preferable rotten

Tonight’s Formula:

I have a quart of milk that’s been in my fridge since Christmas. I’ve been saving it for an emergency like this.

I bought two bottles of hot sauce because I knew this day was coming.

I have a jar of minced garlic and a half dozen eggs. Unfortunately they’re not rotten.

I’m mixing up the whole batch and for good measure, adding dish detergent and the remnants of a bottle of commercial deer repellent.

Then I’m going to let the whole mess fester until tomorrow morning when I administer my potion to my yard and the rest of the neighborhood.

Happy Earth Day, Deer!  This is what you get for eating my David Austin roses. I hope you enjoyed them.  It’s going to be honeysuckle bushes for you for the rest of the summer.