Archives in Category: Flora/Fauna

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Moving Indoors

The man who helps with my flowers and bushes came today to start removing the annuals that have faded, cut back the perennials that are drooping, and take away my planters for the season. Only the geraniums and the roses

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Belated Catfish Report

One week ago today we were floating on the Red River waiting for catfish to bite our lures. It was muggy and windy, and our Johnboat was small. Our guide had six lines in the water, and we watched them

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Got Fish?

We are at Wollaston Lake Lodge in northwestern Saskatchewan, approximately three hundred miles beyond the last paved road. Some of the maps I have don’t even show Wollaston Lake, and certainly none of them show the lodge. That’s all right;

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August Doldrums

“I’m just an early summer gardener,” said a friend of mine a couple months ago. When pressed to explain, she said, “I like planting and watching things grow, but by August when everything is in bloom I’ve had enough. I

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Storm

Last night a horrendous rain storm passed through our area; it didn’t waken Earl but it did wake me enough to realize that the current hot spell was probably broken in the hours before dawn. I then rolled over and

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Crane Point

We didn’t know anything about Crane Point, except that I thought it would be a wildlife preserve for cranes. So when we missed the turtle tour, we opted for Crane Point.
Cranes had little to do with it; instead,

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Wacker Drive Water Park

When we moved to our new home we brought the Wacker Drive Water Park with us. We could do no less with this instant family heirloom.

Earl’s son-in-law and grandson secretly absconded; no, appropriated; well, let’s say they rescued a

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Garden Party

Years ago Rick Nelson sang a song titled “Garden Party.” I thought of it this evening as I walked from our condo to the clubhouse for an organizational meeting regarding the community garden the residents are planning for this summer.

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Winter

I know winter doesn’t officially arrive until December 21, but if you looked outside you’d think we were there. Blowing snow, icy windows, toppled herby-curbies, cars in ditches – that’s the kind of day it was. It’s after 11 PM,

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Goodbye Tomatoes, Goodbye Summer

Two months ago today I wrote about our experiment with Ike and Tina Tomato. We’d purchased these gadgets that were guaranteed to grow phenomenal tomatoes and we’d already watered our plants and watched their development for a month when I

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