I’ve been out in the oneacrewoods, which is what I call my yard because… well, you know why. It’s the time of year in Florida when outdoors is like a very, very big room with perfect air conditioning and perfect lighting and pretty much perfect everything else. On days like this I just want to live out there.
I was out weeding the strawberry beds before the husband left for work this morning. I got it all done. And in preparation for possible colder weather in December and January, I re-positioned my greenhouse supports to better fit my square foot garden boxes. I took down all the shade cloth since we now have the opposite problem of not enough sun. I raked, hoed, got dirt under my fingernails. I smelled the arugula and the citronella. I watched the squirrels (population explosion there). I tried to figure out where all the bees were coming from (still don’t know…) I counted how many different sounds I could hear – 10, counting the far away traffic. It was a sensual workout.
As lovely as it can be inside our houses, I think we were meant to be outside a good deal of the time. In practically every part of our world, life of some kind thrives outside where there’s sunlight and water and nutrients. Quite remarkable really, that everything we need is here. After a couple hours of fresh air and sunshine I feel like I’ve had an attitude adjustment as well – there’s something freeing about all that’s going on out there without my having to be in control of it, or even give it a thought. I’m just sayin’, I wish everyone could be here this morning (although it would possibly get a little crowded). I think I’ll quit writing and get out.
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MY DEAR SHIRLEY. VERY WELL SAID. THE REASON US OLD CRACKERS SELDOM LEAVE THE WONDERFUL SOUTH. IT’S NOW 28 IN SOME PLACES UP ”NAWTH”. AND DEAR FRIENDS , THIS IS THE YOUNG LADY THAT THREATENS THAT WHEN I GET TOO OLD TO FIGHT BACK SHE IS GOING TO TIE ME UP AND TAKE ME TO WISCONSIN [HER OLD HOME] IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WINTER. THE TRUTH BE KNOWN , SHE IS PRETTY WELL ON THE WAY BEING ‘CRACKERIZED’.. [THAT’LL FIX HER LITTLE RED WAGON] JCB