Category Archives: Ecosystem

Rain rain, go away, little Suzi wants to finish building a house

When I sent Rand a message that we were interrupted by a downpour, his reply was: “Mississippi is a harsh mistress!” (Note: who said it is the mistress who is harsh–besides Rando, I mean? Maybe Mississippi is a harsh master, … Continue reading

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Finally Friday: What’s on your agenda?

Happy Friday, Gateway to the Weekend. Oh, wait, it’s all weekend all the time now. 🙂

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Cleaning out the closet

In the New Mexico space shuttle, waiting for take-off We planned the future worlds we’d build. After 4 wondrous and tumultuous years of trade-offs Sacrifice and time could yield. We loosed reins amidst sun and sand in New Mexico’s plains. … Continue reading

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South Rail Trail

I will get back to the Itta Bena story next, but for a little fun and relaxation, I walked a leg of the South Rail Trail for the first time Saturday. I need to increase my exercise, and there is … Continue reading

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Those amazing opportunities cleverly disguised as problems

Sometimes if you have been snoozing instead of paying attention, things can sneak up on you. We all know a lot of “sneaking up” occurred in the last year and I was no exception. Even though I was fortunate to … Continue reading

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“5-26-27”

Mother was born on this day in 1927. For years, I would get the days mixed up, thinking it was May 25 or May 27. Finally one year, Mother said “5-26-27” and I never forgot it again. Mama and Papa … Continue reading

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More magnolias and other firsts: Ripe tomato and the rare two-toned blue clover

The tree is sporting more open and opening blooms, with more buds than I recall ever having seen before! Perhaps after 2020, it is a good sign! The second tomato is ripening–another good sign! And finally, son J introduced a … Continue reading

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2021’s first magnolia

I patiently wait when the buds start forming on my magnolia tree, knowing that the third week will likely see the blooms. It is special to me since frequently I missed these events due to the academic calendar. While some … Continue reading

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Oxalis drummondii mature: The end of the cycle

One could think butterflies were perched in the oxalis patch at first glance. A closer inspection was due as this was a curious sight to me and I do not recall ever having seen it prior to this past week. … Continue reading

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Vicia tetrasperma: Lentil vetch

Annual herb that flowers on the hillside, sometimes found alone, sometimes amidst the grasses, and sometimes amidst the fleabane and yellow wood sorrel.

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