Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Thanksgiving 2008

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. I'm on my second pass at the leaves with one mowing still to go but I bet it doesn't happen. The walnuts are gone. In years past, I have been like a squirrel and tried to use the walnuts to fill in holes in the yard. My yard has slope to it and occasionally opens a crack that can be rather serious on ankles. In go the walnuts! The septic tank developed a hole (it's no longer used, of course, but all the parts are still down there)of some size and I began to bury walnuts in it and, amazingly, the thing filled in!

I reckon I got rid of two or three bushels of walnuts. As I walk the yard I can still feel 'em through my shoe and some of them have lost the outer hull leaving only the hard nut buried in the grass. The mower's wheels are small enough they will jam against a walnut and stop rolling, like a grocery cart wheel that runs into a piece of cardboard and jams to a stop. The mower itself is set high enough it clears the nuts and it's been a long time since I have zinged a walnut out the mower.

I'm just waiting for my oaks to mature enough to have acorns (ay-kerns, in these parts). Maybe if I get lucky the oaks, the cypress, and walnuts will coat the yard and kill everything. Several friends have suggested I put the entire yard in hosta!