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Location: Clearwater, South Carolina, United States

Wednesday, January 31, 2007


The pond bordering Blueberry Hill is as full as it has been in about two years and yet is still a foot or so from overflow. The dam was built with a 6 to 8 inch pipe through the dam as the overflow and if it gets higher than that, it is made to enable the water to run around the far side without damaging the structure itself. Of course all this is according to government regulations. Even at this it has only ran through the pipe a very few times.

The semi-local geese usually make daily flights in and land either on this pond or the one adjoining that belongs to the neighbors. They spend the day and either most or all of them make the flight back to their home pond just south of here in the evenings. It was a small mystery to me as to why they seemed to spend more time on the neighbor’s waters that those behind the house. In fact, they spent most of their time in one back corner of that pond. BIL solved the puzzle for me when he told me that the neighbor keeps a large container of corn back there and feeds them on a regular basis – they know a good thing when they eat it.

There are so many things that I need to do in tending to our little corner of the world here on Blueberry hill. Still in progress (slowly) is the muscadine pruning and to make this worse, I had rooted some of these vines for kinfolk and they didn’t need all of them. Now those extras have to be hacked out of the soil with great effort and discarded as well – not an easy task since they grow strong roots very quickly. These tasks are all to be parts of my rehab and strengthening program.

The hazel nut trees also need their many sprouts cut back at the ground and the blueberries as well. One of the small blueberry plants on the bedroom end of the house died last year and I will use one of the stronger sprouts from the older bushes to replace that one. There are enough blueberry sprouts from my original patch to start another whole patch but most of these just have to be cut back in order to not interfere with the fruiting of the parent plant in the summer.

Speaking of sprouts, our gruntmonkeys (grandchildren) are growing and doing well and one of them had a very exciting adventure just the other day. I may have vaguely referred to the local GMs moving to another house just before Christmas and they are mostly settled in and seem to be enjoying this new location. GM3 found a friend just a door over with which to play – GM3 is 4 ½ and the friend is 6 and they seem to enjoy their many adventures together.

Their latest adventure had to do with the older boy riding a tricycle down their steep driveway with GM3 riding and holding on to the back. When they hit the bump at the street, they crashed and fortunately GM3 came out of it with just a skinned knee. Unfortunately his friend broke both bones in his right arm (he is right-handed) at the elbow. One parent from each family had just glanced their way and saw them in safe activities. The neighbors spent the night at the ER getting pins put in the arm to put the bones back right.

Life can sometimes crash in a hurry and almost always we are not ready for the changes that come. It is always good to have a friend that is ready to help at any moment and at all hours. Many of us have those kinds of friends but there is One that is even closer than these, One that will be with us through all worse case scenarios, even our own passing from this life. Of course this is Jesus, the best friend we could ever have and He will be that friend just for the asking. ec


Blogger Merle said...

Hi Mr. Eddie ~~ Such a lot of work to do and all needs to be done. Have you thought of getting someone to help with the heavier work? You sure do not want to make your recovery slower.
Thank you for your comment. We lived in a small country town when I taught the girls to drive, as well as my sons so it wasn't too frustrating. We had lots of fun and thankfully no accidents. Plenty of bunny-hops when starting off. Take care, Regards, Merle.

2/01/2007 04:08:00 AM  
Blogger junierose said...


Hope you will take it slow with all that work you have to do.

I bet your place there is very pretty. Maybe you can show us some pictures sometimes.

I feel bad about that little boy who broke his arm and hope he heals well.

Take care,


2/01/2007 09:29:00 AM  
Blogger Bonita said...

I trust you will temper your enthusiasm with your 'to do list'. Here, it is the Blackberry canes that take over every year, sprawling and climbing. I hack them out yearly, and they always come back. The bindweed, too. Those root systems seem to travel underground for miles just to find a good fenceline.

2/01/2007 11:31:00 AM  
Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Mr. Eddie, I truly appreciate your life in nature! You are a blessing: reading of your joys and outside activities brings warmth to me heart.

2/02/2007 02:53:00 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

Merle - The work to be done has a motivating influence on me and helps get my ancient frame outside. As I slowly tackle these chores, it seems to have a curative effect on me.

Junierose - Our place would be much prettier if it was better taken care of - it got a bit ignored for the last several months. I'm slowly trying to turn that around.

Bonita - The blackberry canes - mostly the sprawling ones - are things that I fight as well. It seems that all you have to do to make them grow is ignore them just a little, then they take over.

SSN - Thanks, the plants and trees of God's great creation are the things that really charge my batteries. You may have guessed that spring is my favorite season, with all the new growth and such - won't be long now! ec

2/02/2007 10:20:00 PM  

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