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Re: Zuihitsu

Post by sasha » May 4th, 2019, 1:15 pm

Yet another damp, raw, gray day - it's been nearly two weeks since we've seen the sun, and it could be another before this stationary front gets a move on. I still walk the dog, but it's become more of an obligation than a pleasure.

The efts love this weather, though...
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...I rescue them from the road whenever I see them, gently picking them up by the base of their tails and dropping them into the wet leaf litter. I expect the hunting is better there for them, too. When my daughter was little, she used to gather them on wet days and bring them inside, where she'd build houses for them out of Lincoln Logs. When she tired of that, she'd bring them back outside and return each from where she thought she'd found them.

There was a hawk sitting on a dead branch when we got to the top of the hill this morning. Got within maybe 20 feet of him. He took no notice of us - seemed instead to be scanning the field, on whose far side a raven was squawking from the top of a white birch. I wonder if the raven was aware of the hawk, or just broadcasting his ownership of the tree to the world. Maybe he didn't realize he was probably too big for the hawk to bother with, and was posturing and blustering, just daring the hawk to try something. The hawk didn't seem to care either way.

Crows are interesting, and goddamned smart. I've seen them scarfing roadkill, unfazed by 18-wheelers roaring by because they've learned that breakdown lanes are a safe zone. They just hop off to one side whenever someone approaches, and resume dining once they've passed. They used to forage in noisy herds outside my office window, where I watched one repeatedly use the same tree stump as an anvil to crack open nuts.

I'd like to meet a crow.
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Re: Zuihitsu

Post by sasha » May 6th, 2019, 1:28 pm

First sun in almost two weeks - two weeks of cold, gray, fog and drizzle. I awaken today as if from a coma, wheeled by my nurses out onto the patio to bask under an amazingly blue sky. Six weeks downstream of the vernal equinox, this is the same sun we see six weeks upstream of the autumnal equinox. This is the sun of mid-August. The air itself is only 60 degrees, but as yet unsoftened by foliage, this sun's emanations are more than adequate to warm the stony New England soil.

Heard the year's first ovenbird yesterday. The chipping sparrows and titmice have been trilling their rites of fertility for a while now, joined recently by the phoebes and cardinals, and I've heard towhees calling from the the far edge of Bill's field - but the ovenbird, that's a harbinger of Summer.

The black flies are just starting to emerge, but there's enough breeze to keep them (mostly) out of my eyes. It dances with the white pines, who ripple and gently sway with it. A soldier beetle descends from somewhere, like a Huey coming in to a helipad, and lands on my bare arm. Hello, my friend. Happy Spring to you too. The jumping spider I frightened into hiding when I sat here has timidly re-emerged and sits warily on the arm of my chair a few inches away. And a fine morn to you, too, Miss.

Tomorrow the clouds are due to return, bringing with them the likelihood of yet more rain. But that's tomorrow.

This is Today.
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Re: Zuihitsu

Post by sasha » May 20th, 2019, 3:45 pm

Early last week I accidentally jammed a finger, hard, against a rough plank door, and it's hurt ever since. A dark line has appeared along the inner edge of the nail on my left ring finger, and the fingertip itself is excruciatingly sensitive to touch. Feels like an ingrown nail, and wakes me up at night. I've been applying an OTC topical antibiotic, but it hasn't done much to reduce the swelling. Yesterday afternoon I happened to look at the fingertip head-on - and saw what looked like the end of a splinter under the nail. I tried fishing it out with a pair of needle-nosed tweezers, but couldn't get a grip on it.

So today I drove to the walk-in clinic in Keene to call in the big guns. The NP looked the injury over and tried grabbing onto the thing, but only succeeded in pulling out a few bits of callous. But when she burst a pocket of pus, she realized there WAS no splinter - so my original guess that the injury had been caused by the nail's edge itself was correct. It had gotten infected, so she milked it out, issued me a prescription for sulfa, & sent me home with instructions on caring for the wound. The relief brought by popping that finger-zit was immediate. I'm typing this with all 10 digits, pain-free. Awesome.

The dog had his annual checkup last week, and mirabile dictu, his relentless scavenging of wild animal scat has given him intestinal parasites - so HE'S on a sulfa drug, too. How convenient - if I run out, maybe I can just filch one of his.
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Re: Zuihitsu

Post by judih » May 20th, 2019, 10:48 pm

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