May 25th, 2006



Those squirrels are at it again. They began scrambling up and down the pine trees when the sky had barely turned pale. Where do they get the energy? I think I might try an acorn diet. If it makes me move about in fits and starts, and wrinkle my nose all the time, I can always switch back to human food (unless I run out in front of a speeding car first, and end up squirrel-style roadkill.) Acorn paste probably wouldn't be any duller than the peanut butter I down by the ton now. Acorn butter and banana sandwiches! It could even turn out to be a nice change. I wonder if Martha Stewart has published an acorn cookbook (maybe with additional tips on how to turn the shells into lovely holiday decorations?)

I'm quite sure that the heat will now return. We've had repeated respites for several days, but the sky this morning is utterly free of definite clouds, and only slightly hazed with vapors that might become cloudish. At least the pines have finished their shameless springtime ejaculations, and the ground is no longer stained yellow by conifer spooge. There are other plants yet to have their flings, but none are apt to be quite so detrimental to my well-being. So, let the heat return. I'll kvetch, but I'll deal with it, as long as I can breathe a lungful of air not filled with something intended to impregnate a ponderosa. And, in another month, there will be the compensation of nights filled with the scent of jasmine. That's worth a little daily discomfort.
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Oh so balmy, the day was filled with a nice assortment of birds and insects, and a few beasts. A good time was had by all, except those who were devoured (mostly the insects) I suppose- but even they must have had a good time up until the moment they became somebody else's delectable snack. I avoided being stung by several bees and being dumped on by several birds. A hummingbird failed to peck out my eye, and a jay failed to snatch any fur from the cat's head. The cat failed to snatch the jay or the hummingbird. So, despite a good time in general having been had, there were a few minor disappointments for some. Not for me, though. I enjoyed the whole thing. Even when the neighbor's dog spotted me in my yard and growled at me, I found it comical rather than annoying.

New moon on May 26th, leading to the last full moon of spring. The nearer future promises some wind and a return of clouds. I'm quite sure I can deal with that.