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and how was your weekend?

May 16, 2011

The never-ending winterish-springish season here may be wearing down.  Some      

 recent days have been downright tolerable and sunshine’s predicted for later this

week.  Jude and I got out Saturday to work on our driveway, which has been ra-

vaged by rains for months on end.  It plays hob on my back, all that shoveling.  I

soaked for an hour in the evening, thinking that I’d hop out of the tub just in time

for the new “Doctor Who”.

It had been bumped by “Blade Runner”, my favorite flick.  Sweeps month, I guess.

I wasn’t ready for another viewing yet, so we settled for the spotty offerings of SNL.

We considered a second look at “Inception”, but I was just too tired to try to man-

euver its labyrinth of plot threads.  (“Is this the second dream or the third?”)  

I soaked again Sunday, this time outside in a robust rain.  I repaired a stretch of the

fence in the old garden to keep deer away from our blueberry bushes.  They had

already found a breach in the netting and wiped out our strawberries.  The patchy

job should stand until Jude’s strong-as-Thor son Nathan helps me fix it skookum,

unless a deer leans on a certain fence pole.

With the fence half-ass done, I helped Jude with a mini-fence around a mini-garden

by the back deck.  Its centerpiece is a stump our friend Lee gave us.  It reminds me

of a dinosaur bone:


The little fence around it is to discourage deer from eating the plants.  They likely

won’t get that close to the house.  We’ll know soon.  We also put some netting on the

backside to keep Slinkee out.  As we were hanging it, Ollie wandered in and out to

remind us that nothing is cat-proof.


Elsewhere in the backyard, our tulips are finally blooming under the nurturing eye

of the garden goddess.         

The comfrey is exploding from the ground.  Here Slinkee inspects the crop as we

prepare to propagate it. 

And we keep adding to a burn pile that will become a bonfire if the Canucks win the

the Stanley Cup.

I hope your weekend was as productive as you’d hoped and as rainy as you needed.

  1. kris (lower case) permalink
    May 16, 2011 8:43 pm

    rain…rain…it has rained in north eastern ohio for 3 months i think. my lawn feels like a sponge when you walk on it… i think we have had 5 dry days in the past 3 months.

    • May 16, 2011 9:09 pm

      Any flooding in your area?

      • kris (lower case) permalink
        May 17, 2011 7:42 pm

        not really except for the occasional flooded basements i hear about and some roads. there was flooding in februaury i think but it was pretty quickly over. we are wet but lucky. it rained all day today…

      • May 18, 2011 8:47 am

        Good luck with the new rain. Today my daughter is in Hannibal MO, where the flood danger has passed; and her husband is in New Orleans, where the worst is yet to come.

  2. Chris permalink
    May 16, 2011 10:12 pm

    It certainly has been cool and wet, but our first profound sign of spring happened about a week ago. Our favourite doe showed up with this year’s pair of fawns. She likes to bring the young’uns around and introduce them to our dog and cats and show them off to us. We are all good buddies! When our dog, Ayla barks at something the deer sidle a little closer for protection.

    Nice tulips, Allen!

    • May 17, 2011 9:22 am

      That’s amazing! How close can you get to them? I gotta believe you have some photos of this. If so, could I post them?

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