the new thing

Greetings and salutations, everyone; yes, once again it is I, Mani the purebred border collie, filling in for the guy I live with, and here today, well, just to tell you some stuff. You may remember me from such posts as “Misty, Drizzly, Rainy”, among so many, many others.

Here I am in a characteristic pose. You know when I say, like I almost always do, that hardly anything is going on here? Less than hardly anything is going on here, right now, because the garden looked like this, this morning. Yes, it’s snowing. And, yes, you might be able to imagine what I heard about it. The guy I live with claims to be stoic and all that, but that’s never stopped him from expressing his opinion of the weather here.

“At least it isn’t hailing.”

There is that to consider.

Yesterday, or maybe the day before, I forget, this thing appeared on the back patio. It’s a wooden thing.

It turned out that not only was this a thing, it was a cypress knee. They form on the root systems, I guess, of bald cypresses (Taxodium distichum), and no one really knows for sure why they do. The people across the street were moving away, and they said he could take the knee, otherwise it would be thrown away. So now we have this cypress knee, and you might see it in pictures later, but you’ll know what it is. You might have known already.

There is a real bald cypress growing less than a mile away from here, believe it or not. We drive past it sometimes when I come home from Day Care.

The guy I live with said that the knee didn’t make up for the fact that it’s supposed to go below freezing tonight and tomorrow night, but there wasn’t anything he could do about that except complain. He’s very good at complaining.

The water in the creek was pretty high this evening. “It’s been higher”, the guy I live with said.

Then he remembered that he forgot to go to the meeting about the drainage system of the creek. He loses track of time, and doesn’t always know what day it is (except, thankfully, for Day Care day). He was going to mention the sofa that someone threw under a bridge that goes over the creek, and how that might impede drainage just a little. We sometimes walk by the bridge, and every time we do, the guy I live with says the sofa is still there, which I can see too, but he feels like he has to say that.

And that’s really all I had for today. We have a thing in the back yard now, and it’s snowing. 

Until next time, then.

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9 Responses to the new thing

  1. Barb K says:

    Is the snow still there? We’d like to roll around in it. Trying to lay irrigation tubing and just about to have heat stroke. I’ll bet unyielding irrigation tubing is something TGYLW doesn’t bother with very much. How low did the temperatures go? I try to imagine the kind of person who would throw a sofa into a creek and unfortunately it isn’t hard. Sigh.

    • paridevita says:

      It didn’t freeze last night, but it’s supposed to tonight. The guy I live with said he would like it to be hot here, but I disagree. No, we just have the hoses, some of which were chewed, but I forget who did that.

  2. Mark Mazer says:

    Nyssa aquatica, AKA water tupelo, produces knees similar to bald cypress. There is a mix of both species in the swampy area on the farm (coastal plain of NC).

  3. It is amazing to me to see weather like that in late May.

  4. After catching up on some posts:

    It was poignant reading about the month of May, for someone who has read your blog from the very beginning.

    THat garden in Santa Fe that you wished your garden looked like? I think your garden does look like that.

    Coyote video was quite chilling.

    I wish your blog allowed comments on older posts because now I’ve forgotten my other brilliant observations. 🙂

    • paridevita says:

      Thanks; I thought the coyote movie was scary too. The guy I live with says that the reason comments are turned off on earlier posts is that it helps keep down the spam. WordPress does catch that, but having to deal with it is an additional chore for a very lazy person. May is not the guy I live with’s favorite month. Obviously. Even though things have changed, there are yearly reminders. And the weather is generally awful, though today was a very nice day indeed.

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