Love A Tree Day!

The very first time I travelled from faraway San Diego to the remote reaches of a Western Kentucky forest, I fell swoopy-doopy in love. The Realtor I’d visited was in Elizabethtown. I wanted to build a cabin in the woods. Nada, nothing available, all the woods being sectioned up and bulldozed for subdivisions, sadness. The…

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Bear With Me?

This notice showed up in my email: You are subscribed to Fish and Wildlife for Kentucky.gov. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. Keep the Wild in Wildlife 04/27/2018 09:53 AM EDT Warmer temperatures mean bear activity is on the rise in Kentucky. Complaints about bears raiding garbage are on the rise…

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Cozy Up With A Book Weather

Oh yes, isn’t is getting cold in the evenings! I’ve had to dig around for my sweaters, coats and long johns and all…cheapskate that I am, I keep the thermostat at 50 degrees F and pile on the warmth. That’s better than 40 degrees like I did 2006 though 2014. Getting soft? The cats seem…

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The Curiously Curved Trees

To Arlen Jewel Crisworth, Regarding your submission of July 25, 1867: Please sir, refrain from sending any further such rubbish. We shall return all other missives unopened. With Waning Regard, Pinkus Sooch, PhD, FJMD, Fellow GGLIOR, President of the National Academy of Science   Arlen lifted the top envelope to the edge of the box.…

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Tarzan, I’m Ready!

Apparently my woodland aspires to be a jungle. We do have a wide variety of bird songs and noises, and avian visitors from far down south. If you’ve never heard the raucous call of the Pileated Woodpecker, think ‘The Land That Time Forgot” and add volume! We have the misplaced marsupial Opossum, the Raccoon is…

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Woodland May Apples

Newly leafing May Apples, and I sure have lots of them.  Part of my land is a Kentucky – designated wetland. That’s the perfect environment for the well-storied May Apple. Other names: Umbrella Plant, Duck Foot, American Mandrake, Wild Jalap, Racoon Berry, Hog Apple and Indian Apple. Lest the “American Mandrake” scare you, like, don’t…

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Silliness, Take It or Leave It!

“Hey, Bud! What’s up with you these days?”   “Well if it isn’t ol’ Bud! Good to see you!”   “Didn’t I see Bud around here somewhere?”           “I think Bud had to leave.”           “How would you bloomin’ know?” “Oh, come on. We all leave eventually!…

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Sunday Near Sunset

The rain went on its way and the sun came out. I’d been working all weekend moving books from upstairs down, up and down, up and down, about 25 at a time. Come late Sunday afternoon, I was SO ready for a break, and sitting on my rump is not for me. I stepped out…

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The Wind In The …Oaks

We had severe storm/tornado watches around the cabin in the last few days, which made me think of the thousands of wind-twisted and hard-weathered trees around here. Heck, let’s just make this an Odd Tree edition! All of these charmers are in my woods, and the pictures are my own from last September. Enjoy!

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