Back in May we let go of Stella, our beloved ACDx. The network our vet clinic is in has a great program. When you let go of a pet you can purchase a tree and participate in a planting ceremony.
Faye and I along with about a dozen other people did that today. I was able to select a redbud sapling (Cercis canadensis) which two of the techs planted. It seems like a strong young tree and I look forward to watching it grow. I’m unlikely to see it get large and old. That’s fine; this proverb gives me a lot of contentment.
A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in. – Greek proverb.
Here’s a photo of us next to Stella’s tree.
The 20+ millimeters of rain that fell over the last two days gave a welcome respite from the dry spell going back to late August. This afternoon’s sunshine was equally welcome.
On this, Faye’s first free evening after 43? straight at work, we spent time on the deck. We derived a lot of pleasure from watching Turkey Vultures soaring, wheeling, checking. There are how many in sight?
It has been a good evening.
Beyond a bare already harvested soybean field, a combine chews its way through another soybean crop.
Living and working in a rural area has its advantages and drawbacks, as does living anywhere. I count as an advantage – a blessing – seeing this clear evidence of the changing seasons, of seeing where food comes from, of who harvests it and how.
I never imagined living in Canada until 2005. Yet here I am, having lived here for ten years. This sums things up quite nicely.
Pork ribs slow cooked then finished on the grill. Accompaniments: sliced potatoes and onions grilled in a foil packet with a little butter and pepper; and cauliflower rolled in flour, egg washed, rolled in panko crumbs, then sauteed, served with feta, and mint fresh from the garden. Followed by greens fresh from the garden.
Enjoyed outside on a very pleasant evening.
April 2005, Mount Bonnell. Faye, me, and beloved Moonpie. Tentative, hesitant, learning, becoming comfortable. Little did I suspect where life would lead.
Little did I suspect how vastly better life would become, has become, is. I am very very blessed, and thankful.
Back on Thursday.