“Aren’t most wonderful things a little bit strange?”

Today is filled with sun though a bit cooler than it has been, but it is fall and cool weather is the usual. When I let Henry out earlier, I could hear my neighbor’s blower clearing the leaves and pine needles which fell during the rain storm. Lawns are hidden and everything else is covered. Even the street has a layer of pine needles all along its sides. This is a bit like Saturdays when I was a kid, but back then I’d hear the scrapes of rakes not the intrusion of blowers.

People are decorating for Christmas yearning for colors and bright lights, for something to hold on to, for something familiar, for tradition, expectations and hope. Count me among them.

Yesterday 10 turkeys were wandering up my street from the pond where they sometimes roost. They got to my front garden and started nibbling. One of them got behind the fence and started eating, a yellow light bulb, an unlit yellow light bulb. Across the street my neighbor came out and used his cane to scare the sole turkey off his lawn. The turkey ran across the street to his brethren, to the refuge of my yard. The crowd moved on shortly after that.

My friend Peg called yesterday and we talked for an hour. We laughed for an hour. She caught me up on life in New Hampshire and told me about the deer in her garden. Peg was outside and near, but the deer didn’t move. Peg spoke softly and watched the deer who didn’t mind. It finally bolted into the woods as deer do. They always look spooked to me, graceful but still spooked.

The fall display in the pot on my front steps has finished its best life. The pumpkin on the brick in front of the display has been nibbled. There are bite marks all around. That needs to go. The pumpkin in the display is okay, but the gourds artistically placed around it are rotting. I’m not even sure I want to touch them.

I am inured to most smells, as in odorous smells, and sights. I don’t even notice most times, but rotting gourds gross me out. It’s weird.

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4 Comments on ““Aren’t most wonderful things a little bit strange?””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    The sky is clearing up and the wind is blowing with gusts up to 30 kts. The high temperature today is forecasted to be close to 80°. Another cold front is headed this way tonight which should reduce the temperature back to the normal range of mid 60° tomorrow.

    At my office the employees park in the far rear lot which is near some undeveloped forest land. There used to be a wild turkey that would walk onto the parking lot. I used to wonder how that bird would taste roasted and then served on our Thanksgiving table. Probably, it wouldn’t taste anything like a commercial birds. I think Ben Franklin wanted our national symbol to be the Turkey rather than the Bald Eagle. Thankfully, he was overruled by cooler heads.

    We decorate our house with plastic pumpkins around Halloween and use them again annually. In our former house we had a large flower pot on the front porch. We filled it with artificial flowers that lasted several years and no one could tell the difference nor did they or us really cared as long as they were colorful. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      It should get down to the 30’s tonight. I’ve put a blanket on my bed. Tomorrow will be a bit warmer but not as warm as it has been. The nights are closer to winter.

      Wild turkeys are far leaner than the ones raised to grace our Thanksgiving dinners. The turkey is the official game bird of Massachusetts, but I don’t think there is a whole lot of hunting. Turkeys roam freely around here sometimes in groups as big as 15. The turkey is indigenous.

      I like to decorate. I need to do a bit more outside but the rain stopped me until today when I just didn’t want to go out in the cold. My lights do look good. In the paper today, people who have or are decorating were interviewed. Like me, they wanted festive, colorful and a change from now.

  2. Christer. Says:

    Not as nice weather here today as yesterday but nice enough. Warmish and a bit windy plus we could actually see the sun for very short moments now in the afternoon. I can also tell You that we still have moose flies, I just killed one that walked on my neck. Nasty animals!

    My neighbor works for the county so he can borrow things like leaf blowers, usually slightly bigger models though. So last Sunday he started it and Albin got so angry about it that I thought it best to bring him in 🙂 My neighbor noticed that too so he thought it best to do it on the other side of his garage until Albinb had come in 🙂 🙂

    I now days let nature take its course and leave all leafs on the ground and hoppe that worms will deal with them during autumn and winter 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      It was a bit of an ugly day all day. The Patriots played tonight, and it poured the whole time so I guess the rain will be coming this way. It is a cold night too, and that cold will stay with us. I don’t mind the cold, and I’m happy for the rain.

      Henry barks whether the guy is mowing the grass or blowing the leaves. That is what drives me crazy about Henry. He also looks fierce when he barks. The UPS guy won’t come near the door.

      I never rake or clear the backyard. It has trees and some tall grass. It is the dog’s domain.

      Have a great Monday!


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