Monday Morning Blah's!!!
Have any of you awakened Monday morning and all you can think about is "boy it would be nice to stay in bed until noon"? Well, I am having one of those days. But, instead, I was up at 6 cooking breakfast--sausages, bacon, new recipe for eggs (kind of like a mock omelet but baked in muffin tins in the oven) fresh fruit, kuchen, grilled butter horns, orange juice and coffee. I love cooking breakfast and since we had friends staying from Lethbridge it was an excuse to go all out! Now, after a breakfast like that, I should be raring to go--but I "ain't" lol. I don't suppose, at my age, twenty-two hours of scraping and painting at my son's house has anything to do with it????? LOL
However, most of you will be relieved that I have no political insights or issues to share with you EXCEPT....
1. I noticed where I think they are going to put our super mailbox in our area--half way up a hill. (It's all marked out in red and it was indicated in a brochure that it was going to be on that Avenue.) Won't that be fun getting the mail in the winter lol. You have a choice, depending on direction of travel, slide down the hill onto First Street or once stopped not be able to climb the hill to get onto Second Street. Sometimes you have to wonder if the people making these decisions give any thought to them??? As you know from a previous blog in the spring, I am totally opposed to these mailboxes--especially when many other viable solutions were available.
2. Kudos to the paving crews that worked on 7th Street SE and Maple Avenue! I don't know about the rest of you, but I hardly noticed these streets being re-surfaced. It seemed all the work took place when traffic flow was at its lowest peak. Thank you for your consideration!
Have a great week,
THE MAJESTIC COTTONWOOD!
Cottonwood, a type of poplar I believe, is indigenous to Medicine Hat and many other cities on the prairies. We have a mammoth one in our yard--the trunk's diameter, I am sure, is in excess of four feet, maybe even five feet and it cascades over our yard at a height of about forty plus feet. For eleven months out of the year we love this tree, we marvel at its strength, its bark and its size. For the most part, she (and a she, she is) is a well behaved tree. It provides shade and shelter and does not send out shoots all over the lawn like most poplars are famous for doing. Even in the fall, when she drops her leaves, she does it relatively quickly giving us ample time to clean up her golden deposits before winter sets its course. The boys and I would often jest that we were raking up gold, but we could only wish lol!
Y on the other hand marvels at her, but she does have some issues concerning her behavior! (Perhaps, they are too much alike lol!!) The main issue consumes mainly the month of June How our beloved tree has escaped with her life each year is beyond my grasp of understanding???? She,'the tree' (better clarify which she lol), first of all sends down these "sticky things" that adhere to everything--especially bare or stockinged feet, only to release themselves freely on the hardwood floors, rugs, footstools, etc. The conflict is building! Y. waits and waits to put out her bedding out plants in hopes "the tree" will have shed her cotton! We know it's coming--the question is--WHEN? Each year we look up and access the situation and each year the tree looks like it has hardly any cotton pods so it is safe to plant!!!. "The tree" watches Y's every move-- NO COTTON! Y's pots and flowers look wonderful for about one day--THEN "the tree", in her excitement, releases the cotton. Honestly, it is like a ticker tape parade or a winter blizzard!!! It blankets everything--all Y's flowers, the grass, the lawn furniture, the patios--I mean everything! The cotton adheres to the leaves of the flowers sucking out all their moisture. Y is frantic! She battles back with the hose, but it is almost to no avail!!! I am sure "the tree" is just celebrating Y's victory of getting everything planted, but Y does not see it that way---no-siree!! My buddy, Garth Helle from Poplar Mechanics Tree Cutting, severed a huge branch that over hung the house. It was an endeavor that nobody thought possible--surely it would crash into the house!!! Garth pulled it off without a hitch!!! However, I notice Y has his number out, during the month of June!!!!
Will "the tree" survive another year? Of course it will--for three reasons: It is a historical part of Medicine Hat, its good behavior eleven months out of the year is reason enough to be forgiven and it provides such wonderful shade during the hot summers--by the way allowing Y's flowers to blossom incredibly and not be scorched by the hot prairie sun and wind. NOTE: The pictures attached are of our "Beloved Cottonwood" "long may she reign over us!"
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