I'm not sure if watering by hand is more economical than watering by sprinkler system, but I know it is more therapeutic. During the 30 minutes of watering my lawn and plants this morning, I was able to get clarity on a work issue, enjoy the cool transition offered at sunrise, notice the three buds about to bloom on one rose bush (and two other buds on a second rose bush), think about my daughter's approaching 17th birthday, and consider the day spent yesterday with the friend (not "a friend" but THE friend). The automaticity of a sprinkler system just doesn't cut it.
Rush Limbaugh is a dangerous guy. He has no accountability for anything he says, so he can say, propose, recommend anything he wants without repercussion. And that's fine, really, since he is a talk show personality and can enjoy the freedoms of voicing his views and opinions, but he is still dangerous. At some point, I will write a longer critique of his program (his continuous resorting to ad hominem attacks, his amazing ability to state an opinion as fact, his faulty assmptions), but I don't want it to taint my day by thinking about it too much this morning. However, while I am here, I recalled today that about six weeks ago (or so), he said that the oil in the gulf amounted to little more than "seepage" and, more recently, that the ocean would simply absorb the oil in a relatively natural, efficient, and effective manner. The true danger, he says is when the oil reaches the sandy beaches and marshlands. Seems like a bit beyond the effects of mere seepage from my perspective. (Note: some of my fellow liberal and moderate friends think I am crazy for listening to Rush on a frequent basis. I like to think of it as knowing thy enemy. If you can't know the opposition's argument, how can you know where the threat is?)
My own "worst" critic. Sometimes I tend to be a tad hard on myself: the yard isn't quite right; the car's alignment wouldn't be off if I had done "something" different (as if I can prevent potholes and the washboard road in 11 mile canyon); the kitchen floor could be a bit shinier, etc. If a friend was telling me about these things, I would be kind and gentle and reassuring. Instead, I am my own "best" critic -- I don't miss a thing! I'm going to be kind and gentle and reassuring to my own Self and Soul today.