Gone

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Our next-door neighbor had a heart attack last week. He died yesterday. We will miss him. He was quite old, but it is still a shock. Now we wonder what will become of his little house, and have our fingers crossed that another good person moves in. Our other next-door neighbor is also in her eighties, but her son lives with her. We had a little scare last summer when she came over with blood on her face and shirt and David rushed her to the emergency room. You just never know what is going to happen.
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Remember the fallen trees in my backyard? And our worry that two of our neighbors remaining dying trees would fall on our house? Well, they are being removed as I type. Thank goodness. Now I might be able to sleep during windy nights, instead of lying awake, worrying that one will come crashing down on our house. That makes 11 down or removed trees. What used to look like this is now nothing but a large expanse of sky.
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David built another raised garden bed in the backyard, where one of the fallen trees once grew. Since there is nothing to block the sun anymore, we are going to try to make the most of it. We’ll plant our usuals – tomatoes, zucchini, green beans, cucumber, basil, green onions, carrots and various herbs. But this year David wants to try leeks and garlic, and I’m considering eggplant and cantaloupe again.
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When my mom was out here, right after Chloe was born, she bought me two little potted cyclamens. One died, but the other hung on for over a year. Then it, too, finally died. I put it out on the back patio while cleaning one day and then forgot about it for a while. Last week I noticed it hadn’t completely died after all. There were a couple new shoots sprouting. I’ve brought it back inside again and hope I’ll be more mindful of it this time, and try to remember to water it more often.

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3 thoughts on “Gone

  1. Sorry. Glad you’re thinking of planting and things growing new.

  2. I’m sorry to hear about your neighbor.

  3. Nature takes care of itself, always.

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