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Calm [Oct. 24th, 2014|08:54 pm]
Today will probably prove to have been the calm between storms. Tomorrow is supposed to be blustery and rainy, and much colder than today's balmy 76 degrees. We are lurching into autumn this year. It will probably get warm again early next week, and then another storm will arrive. The strangest thing about the season so far, though, is the tremendous number of birds I've been seeing and hearing. There are always quite a few birds around, but this year they are unusually abundant. The flocks of small ones that chirp a lot are the most noticeable, but there have been quite a few crows about, too. Oddly, I haven't been hearing much from the acorn woodpeckers the last few days. They usually dominate the area this time of year. Perhaps they find the small ones intimidating in such large numbers.

I had expected the crew to come back and finish chopping down the big oak beyond my back fence today, but they didn't they only got about two thirds of it down on Thursday. They might have had other commitments. They surely won't be back tomorrow during the storm, or on Sunday, but maybe they'll come on Monday. It's very sad to see the tree reduced to a shadow of its former self, and if the whole thing is to be removed than I wish they'd get it over with. If the owners of the property the tree is on intend to keep what remains of it, all I can say is that they have a ghoulish streak.

I got my weekly shopping over with today, just in case the storm decides to slow down and hang about on Sunday. I'll put up even with Friday shopping crowds to avoid even the off chance of going out in the chilly rain. Safeway had a really good Friday bargain on some fairly decent ice cream, so that made dealing with the zoo a bit easier to take. I'm eager to get a bargain on pumpkin pie, though, which usually happens in November. Almost as good, I could soon be getting a bargain on pizza. It's been about a year since I've had one, so I'm looking forward to that too.

Ah, my nose tells me that Portia has used the litter box, and I'd best deal with it now, as I certainly can't open the windows to air out the house on such a chilly night. The box is at the far end of the house, but the stench is quite strong even here. How can such foul odors come from such a cute little beast?

[User Picture]From: jamsmom
2014-11-03 06:17 am (UTC)


There used to be a huge 120-year old pine tree down two houses from us. The lady decided she didn't want to rake pine needles anymore, so she had the tree cut down. It wasn't diseased, & none of it's branches fell where they didn't belong. We tried to talk her out of it, but she wouldn't budge. It was a sad day when it went down. We got a round from the workers, & counted the rings.
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2014-11-04 04:55 pm (UTC)

Re: Tree

About half the trees that were in this neighborhood when I moved here 28 years ago are gone, and most of those removed have been the biggest and oldest. Of course a few are gone because they died or got infested with carpenter ants, and one because it got struck by lightning, but the others were just in somebody's way.
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