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BUGS – BUGS AND MORE BUGS

For the past week

A spider has been entertaining me

Building a web outside my kitchen window.

I’ve tried taking a picture

From every angle

Inside and out

This is the best I’ve gotten.

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You’ll just have to take my word for it.

This spider is dedicated

Working on sunny days

Keeping me fascinated.

You have to admire

Bugs at this time of year.

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They must know

The warm days are numbered.

I’m not an entomologist

But I’m guessing that means

Their days, too, are numbered.

That doesn’t keep them

From working away

On these glorious fall days.

The Abelia bushes

Practically quack.

They are covered in tiny moths

Working away on the blooms.

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Then there’s the Monarch Butterflies.

On their way to Mexico.

About a dozen or so

Drop by every morning.

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They are not early risers

It’s about 10 before they appear.

They fly and dive and drink

Till mid afternoon.

I haven’t pulled the zinnias yet

For just this very reason.

I want them to have all the sustenance

They need for their journey south.

So my garden is covered

With zinnias still blooming strong

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Though the foliage is white with mildew.

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This is probably very bad for my garden.

But I just can’t bring myself to pull them up.

And deprive all those lovely visitors.

Saturday was spent

Deadheading and weeding.

Pretty much what I’ve been doing

For the past couple of months.

Tulip bulbs will ship soon

I need to begin thinking about

Making room for them.

But for now

I think I’ll join the Monarchs

Basking in the sunshine

And the glory of fall.

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I hope you have time this week

To breath in the season.

Gail

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GRATITUDE

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This morning our minister, Andrew, spoke about gratitude.

This afternoon I’ve been puttering away in my garden.

A place where it’s almost impossible not to feel grateful.

And I am.

For the glorious weather we have been having.

For the gift of fall roses

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That seem a bit different from their spring sisters.

Perhaps they’re a little sturdier knowing that

They are among the last of the season.

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For the abundance of tomatoes

Both green

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And ripened.

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For peppers that take all season to grow.

And come into their own as others fade.

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After all, if I were a pepper

I’d wait till all that squash finished showing off

Before I made my appearance.

And you can’t write about gratitude this time of year

Without talking about dahlias.

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They are among the most amazing of all the things I grow.

And yes, I’m even grateful for cockscomb.

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But…

As glorious as this day has been.

And as giving as my garden continues to be.

It pales in comparison to my friend Suellen.

Last week after 11 years of silence.

The miracle of the Cochlear implant was turned on for her.

And she can hear.

Think of it.

The voices of young grandchildren she had never heard.

Birds singing

Crickets

Music

Even traffic.

There’s likely no one else I know

Who’s more grateful tonight.

There’s a community of those who care about you

Who are grateful to the bone.

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Gail

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IT’S HERE

It arrived over the weekend.

A bit later than the lunar calendar

But you could feel it in the air

Cool

Crisp

Fall

I love this time of year.

Beginning in August

We can hear the high school band

Practicing each morning

Soon after

It’s the sound of the Friday night football crowd.

Shortly after that

The whistle of the train in the park

Is silenced.

It’s the seasonal rhythm

Of the sounds of my backyard.

The change of season

Is also happening

In my garden.

Monarch butterflies

Stop for nectar

On their way home for the winter.

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Others flitter about.

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The roses give us another burst of bloom.

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Praying mantis appear

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Along with some of spring’s lady bugs.

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Dahlias are glorious in this weather.

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And we all know what happens to cockscomb in the fall.

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Basil is reaching for the sky

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Which means it’s pesto making time.

Peppers finally begin to come on

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And speaking of obstinate vegetables

Tomatoes are happy!

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So am I.

Hope you have a happy fall week.

Gail

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