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The best day, ever.

Every now & again
There is the best day, ever.

I volunteer as a Land Steward for the local Land Trust
And this best day ever began on a walk with the owner of one of the properties I help monitor

Just into the walk, some amazing life was discovered

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Please say hello to Chlorociboria aeruginascens
(Aka The Green Elfcup)
I had never seen this beauty before.

After walking the boundary of their property, I headed over to the garden

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And the bucket was full quickly with various generosities from the plant world which I was now ushering to the compost pile in preparation of the beds for the coming Winter

Thank you Tomatoes!
Thank you Tomatillos!
Thank you Coreopsis & Calendula & Basil!
Thank you Serranos!
Thank you Sunflowers!

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There was a bit of an overflow, due to the gorgeous day

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It was wise to take advantage of the perfect weather & the owners’ willingness to till one of the beds for the Fall planting of garlic.

So out came the rest of the beets, and carrots
And, with a bit of sadness, two marigold plants

*sniff*

As I dug carrots, the sheep began to gather nearby

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I love eating local carrots, especially ones that I’ve grown
But offering the carrot tops to the
sheep is honestly the best part

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O I love dem sheepies

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She’s my favorite
So friendly
Look at that face!

A bit of weeding & raking,
and in about two weeks, I’ll put the garlic to bed again, till next July

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Before leaving, I gathered up the cured Winter squash from the greenhouse
(I think I left it in there a bit too long…
O well)
Brought home some garlic for cooking, and a few Fennel fronds that were drying & peppers gifted by the owners from the hoop house

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It felt so good to be outside for the entire day

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The abundance of this time of year always takes me by surprise.
Such abundance
So much gratitude

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One of my favorite times of the year.

This time of year
Is one of My Favorite Times of the year.

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Winter Squash is coming in

(The Kabocha, the dark green critter, has a couple slug tastings munched out of it, so won’t make it to Deep Winter)

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The Sungold tomatoes are still doing their thing

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Potatoes are being dug for storage
Beets staying firm in the soil
& a few Serrano Peppers still managing to ripen through this cooler-than-usual Summer

There are herbs for tea & seeds for the following season
drying above the refrigerator

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And scattered around other locations in the apartment

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Thank you Late Summer
Thank you Winter, Thank you Spring
Thank you Summer
Thank you Autumn


ramblings about a day

you never know what a day will bring

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it can start with an unsettling dream

that sticks like muffin batter on a finger through the morning

only to burn off like a fog

some clarity comes with movement and purpose

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then to be met by news of cancer and more cancer at work

with no one to tell (which is all fine and good)

i suppose it’s a chance to practice holding such things… and being with them.

sometimes, though, i don’t really know how to do it

is this the right way?  am i doing it okay?

i have no idea.

the day unfolds

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out in the world, connecting with vendors, some friendly, some neutral

avoiding drivers who seem to not know what a stop sign is

the lift of a song on the radio

and after work sitting with a friend

who is in her early sixties – a lovely woman who practices massage and creates healing tinctures with medicinal mushrooms and plants

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with her ancient cat on my lap we talk and reconnect

i hear her speak about age and time and clarifying, simplifying her garden

“potatoes are too much work.  next year i’m planting BEETS!”  she says with a sort of triumphant surity

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i applaud and respect this gentle honoring of her own body, and it’s changing limits

as i have noticed my own body shifting and changing

its needs differ from 10 years ago

i can work with it, or against it

either way, the body will win

so i may as well follow its lead

she said to me early on in our visit

that she thought i seemed more clear, like my boundaries were more intact.

it was a high compliment.

“i’ve been saying “no” more”

and she smiled and nodded and understood

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this is a brave woman

living her life

with her dog and her cat

helping people and their children through loving attention and skilled touch

sharing the medicine of the plant world

soon she’ll be leaving for India…

with much gratitude i feel at the moment for this friendly acquaintance.

it was nice to be heard, telling her about how sometimes it’s sort of unnerving to never know what i’ll be met with in a day

she has worked with elders before

so she understood

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i guess i’ve thought about death for most of my life

not to be grim

but the awareness of it is always nearby

not that i’ve been skillful in this awareness…

rambling… rambling…