I got the lawn mowed, plus some extra mowing done Tuesday. There went my greens again! I hadn’t picked some that looked greatly like dandelion, but the teeth on the leaves were opposite, rather than staggered and the ends of the leaves were a bit more pointed. I THOUGHT that they were chicory, but wouldn’t take the chance. I let a few bloom and sure enough, they were chicory, so I’ll pick a few leaves the next time I get the opportunity.
As we went to the front door afterward, my wife remarked that she was glad that I got mowed, as it had been starting to look a bit snaky. I told that I hadn’t seen any in the yard yet this year. However, as I opened the door, there was a little milk-snake lying on our very threshold. I swished it off the porch with a broom. I’m sure my wife will never let me live THAT down.
A couple days ago, as we were returning from town, we saw a turkey hen near the side of the road, and what looked like a couple leaves blowing along the edge of the pavement. As we got closer, we saw that they weren’t leaves at all, and that she had about eight tiny poults with her. I slowed as I went closer, and a car coming from the other way did the same, but not as quickly. That startled the poults and some started back across the road as both cars came to a stop. The poults went back and forth a while before finally going back up the hill from whence they came. The whole time, the hen kept her eye on them and paced back and forth between them and the other car, which was much closer than us. Once they were safe, she joined them in their retreat into the woods. It amused me what a diligent crossing guard she was.
I just put the dog out at 3AM and heard a hoot-owl in the hollow. I was afraid I wouldn’t hear them anymore after getting the place timbered a couple years ago. I THOUGHT that I’d heard them in the distance a couple times recently, but tonight they were close enough to be certain. Thank you, Lord; it’s a good sound. It’s 4AM, so I’d better get back to bed! © 2013