“Grandmother, what big eyes you have…
(Photograph: praying mantis helping Julie trim the bushes/ Julie’s yard/ 2013)
…all the better to see you with my dear….”
As you can see from the above little caption, I have been pruning some overgrown bushes—things looked great back in the Spring…. Then remember there was that little mishap, or should I say mis-step—and suddenly there was “The Drainage ditch, the ER and a broken cookie”…remember that…eh? I shutter recalling it all….d@%n boot cast!!
Well, since the lovely Spring has come and gone, back when things were new and green, complete with the freshly strewn pine straw…which gave way to those cast filled 6 weeks of living a learning curve….well, things in the yard have gotten, shall we say, rather shabby. I will confess that I did turn my attention to the garden (that big soggy disaster which was at least flat), having had my bait of the bushes and that blasted pine straw—-Did you know that the last bail of straw I dropped, before stepping in that blasted drainage ditch, is still right where I left it under the tree??!! I think my husband has left if there purposely to taunt me…he filled the ditch you know, but there sits that sad looking bail mocking me… oohhh the injustice of it all…..
Then came the Summer of the monsoons, which seemed to come upon us so unexpectedly …wait, I know what you’re thinking …”Julie, I thought you lived in the deep south, there’s no monsoon season down there…” Would you like to bet?! That is if I was a beating woman—oh and speaking of… how do you like the DAWGS this Saturday over those little tigers of Clemson??? GO DAWGS….oh there I go digressing again….
I’m rambling on so because I need for you to be thinking about me today…I’ve gotten the four wheeler out, my little red cart is ready for pulling, rakes, hedge timers, clippers are all a go and now I’m heading back out—out to the abandoned straw, the bushes and the memories of a drainage ditch, the ER and a broken cookie—I’ve always believed that if you fall off your horse, you need to get back up and ride—well, I’m getting ready to “ride” today—-just pray there is no repeat visit to the ER….