Stepped out into bright Sun, the buzzing of bees (honeys and some big
black suckers), the flitting of butterflys, and the darting about of
hoverflies. They weren't there a week ago before the cold and the rains,
and the nightly fires (ended yesterday). The butterflys are all over the
sage but the bees seem to be making do with the forget-me-nots and the
wild onions. Presently 3:15 PM and 68F in that wide spot in the road
that we call Forestville.
www.enature.com is really helpful in identifying the local wild life.
Ahhhh, Spring is Sprung!
As reported earlier, I was highly encouraged by the sight of several
dozen honeys in the apricot tree last week *and* the plums that are
Shoot mon, we beatcha on temp today....74F! Sadly though, we are
heading down for a while, with frost danger predicted for a couple
Sigh, we get what we gets, eh, old buddy?
One son and I went out and picked up a few goodies today. Stocks were
a little low, and out when we left the store. ;-) Kinda fun to observe
others carts....the herd ain't movin' here yet, but a few have their
heads up sniffin'.
I've radishes and onions and peas and lettuces and beets crowning and
showing the tops of their little heads. I be gettin' a watery mowff
just looking at them!
I thinking I am hearing them catfish mewling too. It's approaching
time for The Annual Clan FishFest...we have a new little feller to
Keep On Truckin'
"You just caught me on a good night. I'm doing what I was made to do -
and I've got a feeling I'm going to do it even better this time"
- Captain Billy Tyne
Ahh shit Billy. I'm a gonna rain on your Apple Blossom Parade.
Ain't never much happening in this group that hasn't been xposted.
Should be, this is the edible, as in food, as in gotta have it
newsgroup. I'm gonna add to it.
Anyhows here's some rain fer yer garden...glad you had some hopeful
moments afore CharlieStormCloud arrived on the scene. ;-)
Yer Gloomy Bud
Charlie, have a nice day ;-)
Thursday, 24 April 2008
To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind
than to be hopelessly in love with spring.
The appearance of springtime in North America may be more welcome
this year than at anytime in recent history. The winter has been
long, cold, and dreary-particularly in the Rust Belt where the
devastations of housing foreclosures, unemployment, and the resultant
blight have left a trail of human misery and degradation not seen
since the Great Depression. Ten percent of the population of Ohio now
relies on food stamps while hordes of domestic animals abandoned in
foreclosed homes endure long and grotesque deaths from starvation.
For countless Americans across the nation, this winter has brought
with it something far more distressing than brutal, bone-chilling
temperatures-horrific, traumatic revelations that the American dream,
neatly packaged and sold for decades, has become their worst possible
nightmare. Should they happen to see on TV the guy from the
Countrywide commercial greeting them with "Homeowners...", they are
probably wondering why he hasn't been assassinated and at the very
least wondering why Countrywide is still in business.
Something is festering in the psyches of the formerly middle class
of this nation-something far more ominous than burgeoning public
assistance and food stamp applications or mushrooming meth labs. If
the subprime mortgage massacre had occurred in a vacuum, the dirty
little secret might have been kept a bit longer, but juxtaposing it
with Peak Oil, skyrocketing food prices, wacky weather and
debilitating droughts, not to mention proliferating pink slips, it
daily becomes embarrassingly obvious that Jim Kunstler was spot-on
when he uttered his infamous declaration in the documentary, "The End
Of Suburbia" that "the entire suburban project is the greatest
misallocation of resources in the history of the world."
And yet during this "winter of disconnect" we have heard delusional
economists and the President himself describe the current horrors in
terms of "a soft patch" or the need to "ride this one out until
things bounce back." And overall, the human race is virtually
ignoring climate change and perseverating in the madness of the
The Apple Blossom Parade is this weekend and is predicted to be warm and
sunny. Appears that, seasonally speaking, Spring is behind us as we rush
to the embrace of Summer, hallelujah.
While I like to think that I know what's going on, truth is there are
some folk who are years ahead of me. I'm still trying to catch up to the
Battle in Seattle. Not easy out here for us tardy Cassandras.
It appears that a grand convergence is taking place and we may end up a
sub-set of misc.survivalism. I was just peeking over the fence and saw
Sadly, we live in interesting time:-(
Nice article by Caroline Baker. She took our graffiti and turned it into
a mid-term essay.
Just remember what my dance instructor said. "If you fall, fall
gracefully". And that takes preparation.
This seems a useful essay.....
Hope your weekend is sunny and full of ..... good things!
"When the world wearies and society fails to satisfy, there is always
the garden."-- Minnie Aumonier
I meant to comment on two other points you made, but my brain is like a
But a much more genteel subset, I might add. ;-)
But hey, take solace in the possibility that you are actually
witnessing the fall of..... all this! ;-) Hell, if nothing else, look
what we are all learning, and that we are able to keep the faith, the
faith we professed so long ago.
It is a fine essay. I recently subscribed to her newsletter, something
I seldom do, and am pleased with the content. Been reading the website
for a year or so.
That is my point. She gave sheen and gloss, and a ray of hope to our
forebodings. I just hope our kids live long enough to reap the benefits.
Truth is though, the American life style is on the endangered species
list and will soon be extinct. We who were born before 1950, have lived
in auspicious times, which will not come this way again. Our children,
sadly, will have to rejoin the real world. But hope and joy remain, and
in equality, may they find peace.
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