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Today’s Garden Tour

Posted by on 12 Jul 2017 | Tagged as: fun, garden, Gardens and Life, good things, Wally!

It’s raw, unedited, and not sure how much will make sense, but decided to try a quick video after I watered the garden this morning. Taking it easy today… will do more garden tasks tomorrow!

Today in the Garden…

Posted by on 09 Jul 2017 | Tagged as: garden, Gardens and Life, good things, Green Living

Tom, Grant, Allison, (and I), and Wally worked to get the area by the fish pond, under the peach and through to the chestnut cleared out a bit and ready for the hammock. Also got a bit of pruning on the apple tree and ceanothus — not usually done this time of year, but they were overgrown and leaning in the wrong direction. And a few other things… the yard is FINALLY looking like someone cares, and to be honest, so is the house. Swept floors, got a start on cleaning the kitchen’s surfaces/sinks/cupboards… and stopped before anyone was too badly hurt.

In no particular order…

Mid-process leveling the slope to a former hole dug before we bought the land…

Gooseberry ready for action!

The prunings under the apple tree – we left a lot!

Grant rejuvenating the lilac by the fishpond.

Six tags from plants that did not survive last year, at least two of each need to be replaced…

The space by the fishpond that was cleared today.

And last but not least… the hammock!

Allison enjoying the best part of yard work!

Last Day of June

Posted by on 30 Jun 2017 | Tagged as: garden, Gardens and Life

Fully in bloom,
a fluffy cloud of fragrance
surrounded in bees.
Summer has arrived at the chestnut tree.

Received a new cellphone with a VERY good camera. Will be playing around with it tomorrow, July 1. So many beautiful things to see in the garden this time of year!

Wally pics

Posted by on 23 Jun 2017 | Tagged as: critters, Gardens and Life, good things

No need for words, but this is Wally, now settled in and enjoying life with us after four months.
He is now four months away from being two!

We. Are. Here.

Posted by on 03 May 2017 | Tagged as: Gardens and Life, hope, musings

The universe is changing,
but we are here.
The stars break forth, coalesce, dissolve, and reform
and we are here.
Species come and go, diversify and disappear…
while we are here.
The weather changes, and everywhere
we are here.
We. Are. Here.
Despite change, despite struggle, despite fear…

We go on.

NaPoWriMo Twenty-eighth Post

Posted by on 28 Apr 2017 | Tagged as: Gardens and Life, good things, NaPoWriMo, poetry, Poetry Month, rain

The rain gently washing the new-bought gravel
ready for the paths and the patios
gray as clouds and varied as the blooms
on springtime trees.

The rain, gently falling
anoints the geriatric maples
the fecund lilacs
and all the ornamental filigree.

The rain, again and again
first rainbow then shadow
and shade with golden edges.

Rain, then rain,
the musical patter
– drumbeat of life.

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NaPoWriMo Eighth Post

Posted by on 08 Apr 2017 | Tagged as: Gardens and Life, NaPoWriMo, Peace Making, poetry, Poetry Month, Politics and War

came from the south
advancing in waves
crashing against the mountains,
retreating, and
moving on.

buffeted the trees
and the grasses
and the birds
flying high or low
could not escape
the crush of the moment.

moved alongside the traffic,
now pummeling against,
now swiping left
or right,
and the cars dodged within the lanes
driven on
into the darkness ahead.

pushed the waters into hills
leaving valleys in the lakes
gasping for time
the frogs and the fishes
at once hidden and exposed
waves on the riverbanks
reveal and destroy.

tore apart the peace of spring
rent the fabric of newborn fields
pierced that moment in the day
when quiet was about to fall
and fell
into the terror of the storm.

[This poem was inspired by a drive north in the middle of a windstorm that uprooted trees, caused multiple accidents, and damaged many areas. This coincided with the U.S. taking military action without approval of congress during a terrible upheaval in the nation.]

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NaPoWriMo Seventh Post

Posted by on 07 Apr 2017 | Tagged as: Gardens and Life, NaPoWriMo, poetry, Poetry Month

On the seventh day of the fourth month of (yet another) year.

It was too little
and it was too much.

It came too soon, too late;
too late, too soon.

Too little too late, too much too soon are more often bemoaned,
but isn’t
Too much too late, too little too soon
just as bad, in an inverse way?

Why, when, wherefore (having so recently seen another Shakespearean tragedy…)
How are we to measure, or judge, or distinguish
this truth
from that lie
and that moment
from this time?

The time flying past like a magpie in the story, catching up the wish
to carry it home.

Somewhere, it will all make sense again.

NaPoWriMo Sixth Post

Posted by on 06 Apr 2017 | Tagged as: Gardens and Life, Making a Difference, NaPoWriMo, poetry, Poetry Month

I will stay until the wind changes,
said Mary Poppins to the children.

Like Mary Poppins, I came when the wind was right.
And when the wind changes, I must go.

The life that is torn between service to this cause
and that person
is a life of pilgrimage;
wandering as need and opportunity are exposed.

Today, I am here.
This moment, I am present to you.

Let’s see where the wind takes us.

NaPoWriMo Fifth Post

Posted by on 06 Apr 2017 | Tagged as: Family Matters, Gardens and Life, good things, NaPoWriMo, poetry, Poetry Month

Hundreds of miles from home
I am home again
with my grandfather
walking the streets
past the bookstores and
ice cream parlor
past the little shops and
around the park
Home again with my grandfather
When I am with my grandfather, I am home.

More NaPoWriMo poetry can be found at the website.

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