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Long time passing...

So now it's time for more haiku... ha ha, gotcha!


Spring comes stealthily

Inch by inch winter yields ground

Bye-bye to my SADDs! :-)


Welcome to *my* world :-)

-- Tricia the Canuck (jayles@telusplanet.net), April 23, 2001


Hilltop's green grass grows

Sprinkled with fresh, flame flowers

And bright, big bluebells.


More to come!

-- Tricia the Canuck (jayles@telusplanet.net), April 23, 2001.

-- Coyotes love (Wildflowers@t.TheHilltop), April 23, 2001.

Bluebonnets on the Hilltop. . .

-- More of the (beauty@t.TheHilltop), April 23, 2001.

-- Beauty (abounds@t.TheHilltop), April 23, 2001.

Lost Maples State Park.
In the middle of NO WHERE!
Beauty abounds here.

Birds and wildflowers,
Large rocks and steep canyon walls,
Quiet and peaceful.

Hiking on the trails,
Dangling my feet in water,
I needed this break.

-- Gayla (privacy@please.com), April 23, 2001.


I like the pics. Sure are big, though.

-- gene (ekbaker@essex1.com), April 24, 2001.

Pretty. Thank you.

-- Robert A. Cook, PE (Marietta, GA) (cook.r@csaatl.com), April 24, 2001.

Tricia's got it too?!

"S-A-D" holds me as well

My fam'ly cheers Spring!

Flowers, green, sun, light-

some palliative measures

for winter's slav'ry

Howdy from the Sooner State to those I keep loose tabs on but never let 'em know! Linda

-- LInda Kay Lorett McIntyre (really!) (jmcintyre1@mmcable.com), April 24, 2001.

Oh, pretty pictures!

I wish I could be with you.

Smelling flowers there.

-- helen (wind_d@mage.d), April 24, 2001.

Welcome back, my friends

I've missed witty, happy posts

I'm beaming like sun :-)


Spring's bright shining sun

Eases winter's dull spirits

Before flowers bloom.


Flowers lifting hearts

Yellow, fuchsia, purple, blue

Colours to bring cheer.


-- Tricia the Canuck (jayles@telusplanet.net), April 25, 2001.

For those of you who may have missed it, here is Lon's beautiful description of Lost Maples:

Lost Maples Canyon

The land here is basic. It appeals to me. Rocks and water and sky. The walls of the canyon are sheer. Purple and grey-brown. Cut through by the deceptive trickle of the Sabinal.

Rough old cedars and pin oaks cling among the rocks on the rim and down the crumbling shoulders. Wayward maples drop their leaves into the crystal riffles.

Soil is born here, where roots gnaw the granite, and limestone dissolves in the rain of eons. It rests like black snow drifts in the lee of stream side boulders, or gathers itself up in roots of grasses taking advantage of last season's bounty. It doesn't get comfortable. It is a gift of the river, and the river is fickle. Soon the water will regret its gift to the canyon and rise up to take it back and give it to the farms down below the escarpment.

But today, the Green Kingfisher watches for the tiny fry in a calm pool, and the Canyon Towhee flits among the orange berries of the algarita.

I stand ankle deep in blue sky-water and my bones whisper to me of their kinship to the soil, and of their resting place in the pecan bottoms below the escarpment. A pebble moves in the currents beside me, and continues its imperceptible journey down the canyon. Then it finds its grasp, and holds. And waits for me.

-- Gayla (privacy@please.com), April 27, 2001.

Thanks, Gayla! That is such a beautiful postcard!


Summer warmth early

New record highs for April

What a lovely spring!


Still not much green here

Winter dried land wants water

Spring rains do not fall.


-- Tricia the Canuck (jayles@telusplanet.net), April 28, 2001.

Not much green?

Want some of mine? Raked four trashbags of "green stuff" off the driveway alone last weekend.... and 2 more this weekend.....

-- Robert A. Cook, PE (Marietta, GA) (cook.r@csaatl.com), April 30, 2001.

You're raking green stuff? No mulching attachment to your lawn mower, and no bag either?

I should be out raking the brown stuff so it'll turn green if we ever get any rain... but I'm in here writing nonsense instead :-)

-- Tricia the Canuck (jayles@telusplanet.net), May 02, 2001.

Well - Yes. I mean, at least it's green. Now what kind of green stuff?

You'll have to check with Veronica to be sure (I'm not real good with biology: either trying growing it (before it's alive), pruning it (while it alive), analyzing and naming it and disecting it (while living) or cooking it (after it's dead)....

But it's these 2-1/2" fuzzy long seed/pollen/flower thingies from the 36 oak trees we have in the front yard. They drop off and fall down onto the driveway.....where I get to clean them up.

Then, later in the summer and fall....after the nuts grow, I get to pick up all the ten billion busted nut shells from the ten million squirrels - who have cleverly dropped/thrown the nuts on the driveway to break open the shells......

-- Robert A. Cook, PE (Marietta, GA) (cook.r@csaatl.com), May 03, 2001.

Robert, wait until most of the fuzzy green things have fallen. Rent a leaf blower and just blow the ones off of the pavement and into the yard. If they're too wet to use a blower, use a combination of running water and a stiff broom to simply move them onto the yard. Then let them stay on the yard. Same for the nut shells. They'll make compost, and you'll live longer with a healthier back.

-- helen (solutions@re.us), May 03, 2001.

Oak trees I've seen, rarely. They don't grow well this far north. On the other hand, we get lots of pine, fir and spruce with their attendant cones... the squirrels like them too. :-)


With a gentle kiss

Spring wakes me from winter's death

Hope blossoms within.


Grey, brown, barren trees

Trying a new look for spring:

Bright emerald green :-)


"Your cats need shots now,"

The vet'rinarian says;

So I get scratches!


Eating healthier;

Lots of colour at supper

Vegetables galore!


-- Tricia the Canuck (jayles@telusplanet.net), May 04, 2001.

Scratches? Ouch.

-- Robert A. Cook, PE (Marietta, GA) (cook.r@csaatl.com), May 07, 2001.

May 7, 1978.

Got married 23 years ago......


.... and, since I'm only 45 (or thereabouts) I've been finally able to enjoy being married more than half the life I've enjoyed living!

-- Robert A. Cook, PE (Marietta, GA) (cook.r@csaatl.com), May 07, 2001.


(and our condolences to the missus)



-- Lon Frank (lgal@exp.net), May 07, 2001.

I second Lon... Congrats, Robert!

I was married at 20 and celebrated 22 years of marriage back in January... so I passed the midway point about 2 years ago, now. I guess I had other things on my mind then, in 1999.

So I guess that means I can celebrate now... right? :-D

Robert... we need a new thread. All those pictures (while beautiful) make this thread slow to load. Wanna start another?

-- Tricia the Canuck (jayles@telusplanet.net), May 07, 2001.

To all who mourn the passing of FRL. Email me at the addy listed.

-- Dennis Olson (djolson@pressenter.com), May 07, 2001.


WE CROAKED? WHEN? HOW? I been gone a while, and now you say that we is dead? I been movin' a little slow lately, but dead?

C'mon Dennis, say it ain't so.


-- Lon Frank (lgal@exp.net), May 07, 2001.

Hollow emptiness,

the sound of one hand clapping,

way too quiet now.

-- (sonofdust@too.quiet), August 04, 2003.

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