Friday, April 16, 2010

877

Last weekend was the big start of Spring around here as far as yard and garden work. Wilma tended the garden. I hit the yard and took her car in for new tires, while taking some fun time, too. One morning was clear and warm enough I could eat breakfast out on the front porch and watch the country wake up. Always like that. Each year I pull some pasture cedar seedlings. This time of year the ground is moist and loose and the grass isn't green and thick enough to hide them, so I can pull the out, either by fingers or with pliers. Usually I bag them up, but this year I just threw them in the wheelbarrow for the burn pile and counted them . . . thus the title of this sketch. Got more than I figured. I found the youngin's to be very graceful and attractive, even if I hate them. The donut shop just opened up this year. It's open 24-hours a day with drive-up service and can seat probably 100 people. What a business model! Hope they make it. Need to rest up for next weekend.

10 comments:

Winna Jill said...

Sure do like the collective approach to the page design..
all sorts of smiles there and the discription of the flurries that flutter around after the Winter's Nap is soooo apt! You'll always have happy memories with your attitude and the blessings of your type of mind will keep your fires burning till the candle goes out..and then again---who knows--some of use (that are so saintly) may have a sketch group going "up there" for you to join and then we can have the best times!

Ramona Davidson said...

Love the design you used to organize your post in the journal. Very colorful too.

raena said...

Lead-free page turned out great!! And amazing how long the cedar roots are! My nemesis around here is the neighbor's mimosa tree. I have tiny little mimosas over the entire two acres of property. I have tons of gardens scattered about and I fight the things constantly!! I think 877 would be about right (in the gardens), for now, but they keep coming all summer!

tyanne said...

another wonderful page. What a gold mine of memories and slice of life your journals are.

Virginia said...

My nemeses are baby oak and walnut trees, planted courtesy of the many squirrels, but I don't think I've ever recovered THAT number. Kudos. Great post, great drawing. Your work always makes me smile.

nanke's stuff said...

Around this neck of the woods seedlings like that are called "whips", and they are sold by our conservation department to folks who want new plants in their yards. They also make good drawing subjects, as I can clearly see by your post! nancy

freebird said...

Nice page and I sure understand the nice feeling of being able to enjoy sitting outside early in the morning. I've been watching the weather map as the northeast has been enjoying warmer weather than I am here in Kingman AZ but yesterday and today are wonderful. I already have the door open and it's before noon!

Why don't you want these cedars? Do they just sprout too many of them? We get lots of stickers and the dogs have to be brushed every evening now through summer due to them. The alternative is to scrape the dirt clean and look at bare earth - I choose the wild flowers turn stickers.

Sandy said...

Quite an intriguing layout, Ahhhh I love that little seedling, I would plant them (or some of them ;-) somewhere else? AND I well know that Sunday night feeling, tired but victorious!!

Mary said...

Nice work with those cedars. My friend Katie who used to work for NRCS would be proud!

jeanette, mistress of longears said...

877!!!!! I am thanking my lucky stars that I have only a tiny suburba plot!