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15 December 2009 @ 10:28 am
Went for a stagger  
I went for a stagger this morning. I couldn't really call it a walk as it was slow and tiring, but the 60 pound puppy has been looking very depressed at me being sick, and now Bob is, too, so I went and threw sticks into the woods for her. We have a half mile trail the Bob cut through the woods for my birthday one year when we had no money for presents. "The woods decay, the woods decay and fall/ The vapors weep their burthen to the ground" I think that is Tennyson and he sounds like he might have been in my woods. It is mostly hardwoods, hickory, oak, sweetgum, dogwood, magnolia, with the occasional pine or cedar. Bay trees grow wild here (bay leaves.) All the leaves except for the oaks are falling. The small oval common oak leaves around here fall in the spring.
When I got down near the river there was a big white butt aimed at me from across the river, so I knew it was a stork. It is the first one I have seen since we got home. They are huge and ungraceful. It was hunched over the river looking for lunch, well, probably breakfast, but I couldn't resist the alliteration. Staying hunched over he slowly turned till I could see his homely black head. Not that I had any doubt. They are much bigger than the great egrets we see, too. Very funny design...
So then Maggie and I stagger along the river bank, me tossing sticks into the woods, Maggie running around lie a maniac, Spike following, and Red bringing up the rear howling like a banshee at being last. When we got to the low spot, where the original road came down, I see a ?dead? flying squirrel in a sapling, only when I get closer I see it is trembling and frozen so the predators in my pack won't see it, so I throw the stick way ahead, call, "Kitty, kitty," and take off away from the poor thing. I was about three feet from it! Wish I had had a camera.
We went the rest of the way around, me tossing sticks, Maggie getting them except for a few that got tangled up in trees and never hit the ground. She was very happy and so was I.
Now I am back on the sofa...
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