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I like it when the neighbor cats come and sit over at our house. I find them behind the bicycles, in among the jerusalem artichokes, in the tomatoes, wherever. But I like that they like it here. And I like it when my neighbor's bushes lean over into our yard--I like it when things blend together.

Speaking of jerusalem artichokes, I planted them because they have a flower like a sunflower, but are more resistant to diseases than sunflowers, and because you can eat the bulb or corm or tuber whatsits that they grow from, and because they Go Forth and Multiply without my help. So, they have indeed Multiplied, and they are huge huge huge, but still no flowers. They must be too happy even to flower. This is how tall they are (I am of medium height, and they tower over me):

This morning was wet, so I put on boots and walked through the undiscovered country for the first time in a long time. So good to be there. The bushes leaned over me and pressed right in, all wet and leafy. It was just what I needed--you know sometimes you want to stand on a bluff, with the wind around and air and sky and openness? And other times you want to have things press right in around you, to keep you together. Sometimes I think I might melt or spill or disintegrate if I didn't have these things holding me, from the outside, together.

But then just now, I saw some gorgeous sky ocean pictures from guitbowl, who really, really knows the sky. Go check them out, they are so beautiful. Here's one for you guitbowl, it's the sky from the top of a mountain in Canada...


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Aug. 30th, 2006 10:24 pm (UTC)
real cool pic...I love pics like that
Aug. 31st, 2006 04:22 am (UTC)
There was a great sunset here tonight, but I didn't have a camera to catch it. The clouds were like the bands of Jupiter, spread across the whole sky in stripes--they were pink, and the rest of the sky was bluish purple. It was so beautiful it made my driving dangerous--because I was looking at it so much.
Aug. 30th, 2006 10:44 pm (UTC)
I like it when the neighbor cats come and sit over at our house.

Ha!! You think they were visiting you, but in reality you were just taking care of their vacation house.
Aug. 31st, 2006 04:18 am (UTC)
That explains my secret, yet unexplained sense of purpose! I've been taking care of the cats' vacation home!
Aug. 31st, 2006 12:10 am (UTC)
You are pretty much brilliant. Thought you should know. I can't think of anyone who's writing I am more impressed with than yours.
Aug. 31st, 2006 04:20 am (UTC)
Well thank you! The admiration is completely mutual--I **love** the stories you tell :-)
Sep. 4th, 2006 08:05 pm (UTC)
Aw, golly gee, thanks. :)
Aug. 31st, 2006 02:56 am (UTC)
Speaking of jerusalem artichokes

I'd never heard of these before. Fascinating! And gorgeous sky pic, too. :)
Aug. 31st, 2006 04:23 am (UTC)
I noticed that Arizona is one of like three states where they don't grow!
Aug. 31st, 2006 02:38 pm (UTC)
Cats are not only nice to look and pet (I love it when they purr) but they also keep the rodent population down. Your garden is so lovely....I'm feeling a bit jealous as I look out and see my neighbor putting the ugly chain-link fence back up...boo-hoo-hoo.

Oh, and the picture from the mountain top was stunning.
Aug. 31st, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC)
Lovely pics!

Sometimes I think I might melt or spill or disintegrate if I didn't have these things holding me, from the outside, together.

How nicely said. Totally identify with that feeling. I feel that way about walking or running in open air too. Feel like my head will burst if I don't go for a walk or run outside and feel the fresh air.
Sep. 1st, 2006 06:57 pm (UTC)
You look cute, to judge from the artichoke photo, and you live in a very green part of the world. There ain't no justice.
Sep. 1st, 2006 07:11 pm (UTC)
:-D **glad I look cute!** (distance photos are good that way--up close I show the ravages of my 42 years...)

I do feel really blessed to live where I do... wish everyone could live in a place that made them as happy as this place makes me...
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