Longleaf Stories

full circle in the hundred acre wood

Sitting in my ophthalmologist’s waiting room (a study in chrome, red, and models of the human eye) I am reflecting upon the past months.

From Big Canoe week in early November through Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years, I have felt pressured, rushed and frustrated much of the time. Big Canoe was great but it begins the Holiday Season of planning and family entertaining. During the past three weeks I have gotten rested, somewhat organized, and have enjoyed home so much despite the distress of Lois’s mental confusion, which began almost two weeks ago.

I have planned a garden and ordered seeds and plants from Park Seeds and Cooks garden.

I am immensely enjoying my several times daily ritual of feeding bread to the duck and goose on the second pond and feeding the fish in the first pond. This morning an enormous light tan-colored hawk sat in a bare tree on the second pond’s far bank watching as I fed the water fowl. I thought he was an owl at first, so large and fluffy. He didn’t seem at all bothered as I examined him more closely through the binoculars.

I have ordered nine rose bushes, six herb plants, and a huge variety of sunflower seeds plus tomato and other vegetable seeds. To meet this challenge, I plan to rent a rototiller next weeks and hope I am up to the task. I also plan to build a bin for composting.

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