Poison Ivy

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101914_1729_Somedays1.jpgAnd preparation day rolls around again, but this time I sort of got caught up on my mowing, so I can rest this weekend with a sort of clear conscience. Snooks will bake challah and make up a one pot dish for the Shabbat. I will sit in my air-conditioned studio and look out on the freshly mowed fields with a sense of accomplishment.  But it wasn’t all my doing.  One neighbor came last week and mowed the verges, and another came this week and weed-whacked the edges so all I had to do was mow the middles.

Little acts of kindness like that make me feel less like an island and more of a part of something, though I admit I am not the easiest person in the world to do things for.  I do miss my independence, but some of the little chores just wind me.  A poison ivy patch has sprung up in the front yard, but the task of dragging out the sprayer, mixing the cocktail and pumping the blasted thing up can take me a whole day to accomplish. But it needs doing.  And a fresh tree stump is awaiting the weed burner to burn it to the ground and make sure the roots are dead.


But 50 years from now, no one will miss the tree stump, a new owner will put in a Chinese garden or some other civilized horror, and life will go on … unless Messiah comes first.  One can always hope.

So, armed with a fresh cup, I peer out my electric window into your world, and out my glass window to a brave new world …

Good morning!


12 thoughts on “Poison Ivy

    Boo said:
    May 31, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    Good morning to my favorite old curmudgeon …. ok maybe not curmudgeon……. it just sounded good. lol

    Hope you have a wonderfilled weekend. XOXOOX


      Rusty Armor responded:
      May 31, 2019 at 2:27 pm

      I have worked hard for the title of curmudgeon. I earned it. 😉

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        Boo said:
        May 31, 2019 at 2:50 pm

        OK THEN!!


    Catherine said:
    May 31, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    Tossing a coin … coffee vs. a nap. It’s hot over here in northeast Florida, and hurricane season is about to begin. The mow, blow, and go crew is taking care of our grass today. As much as I fuss about our HOA, I’m thankful that I don’t have to do any mowing.

    Looks like a nap won the coin toss. See you later, my friend.


      Rusty Armor responded:
      May 31, 2019 at 2:28 pm

      … napping always wins the coin toss! 😉
      Sleep well, sweetheart … you need that rest …


      The Hinoeuma said:
      May 31, 2019 at 11:45 pm

      Mow, blow & go. I gotta remember that…


    Rivergirl said:
    May 31, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    There’s nothing like the satisfaction of a freshly lawn.. or field. If only the damn things would stay mown. We’ve been so wet you could mow every 3 days, but you can’t on account if it being so wet.


      Rusty Armor responded:
      May 31, 2019 at 2:29 pm

      That’s sort of what Snook says about dusting. You do it, and six short months down the road it needs it again …

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