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This poem is spillover from the August 15, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] rix_scaedu, [personal profile] alatefeline, and S. from [personal profile] antisocialite_forum. It also fills the "On Grandpa's Farm" square in my 7-31-17 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem is mostly fluff, but it has some touchy topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It contains references to past abuse and traumatic stress, poverty, sensory overload, veteran issues, scars, detailed discussion of PTSD with one war story, reference to panic attacks with bolting and how to handle that, limited indoor tolerance, anxiety, and other challenges. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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Today is sunny and mild.  All the corn around us is down now.  We walked around the perimeter of the yard and discussed future projects for yardwork and planting.

We startled up some bluejays while we were out.  :D  I'm happy to have them here.
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Today is sunny and mild.  I went out and watered plants, then gathered and planted wildflower seeds.

The farmers are out harvesting the corn around our house today.  Not quite half the fields in the area are down.

Squirrels are nutting like mad.  I keep finding piles of cracked walnut shells.

 
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Here's an interesting article about the mistakes paleoartists make

I was complaining about this as a very small child.
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 ... made with CRISPR.

I really hope they don't start combining butterfly genes.
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Today is sunny and warm, but not sweltering.  I went out and gathered seeds of blackberry lily, northern sea oats, and thistle from the wildflower garden and planted them in the prairie garden. That involved reaching down into tall dry grass, so now I have scratches all over my forearms.  :/

Yesterday I watered plants and planted some blue flower bulbs in the goddess garden and wildflower garden.

The squirrels have been out nutting.  There are broken walnut hulls all over the yard.  I've seen one squirrel on the hopper feeder and several running around the yard.  They are fun to watch.

EDIT 9/26/17 -- I went back out and gathered more wildflower seeds to plant.  Blackberry lily and some yellow thing went into the prairie garden.  Prairie onions went around the edge of the septic garden.

The warm air of the savanna is thick with the scent of fallen leaves, spicy and rich.  They crunch and whisper underfoot as I walk. Autumn is coming.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the August 15, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "family of choice" square in my 7-31-17 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, and directly follows "An Atmosphere of Shame."

Warning: This poem is flangst. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. Shiv has trouble relaxing and having fun, due to his history of abuse and neglect, so a beach trip is more complicated for him than for most people. ECR Boy! The poem includes multiple flashbacks, social anxiety, financial anxiety, extreme body modesty, hypervigilance, reference to past near-drowning, emergency manhandling (by Aida of Shiv and by Shiv of Edison), flibbering over acceptance vs. rejection, awkward interactions with another family, mild overstrain of superpowers, awkward apologies, Edison is blunt as a bowling ball and has no filter because he is four, and Shiv is little better due to past abuse, frustration over solar limitations, and other challenges. On the whole, though, it has a positive tone. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward. This is the second in the beach thread, and you'll need it to make sense of later poetry as well as [personal profile] dialecticdreamer's story "Family Stories."


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Today is hot, muggy, and sunny as I discovered when I went outdoors to plant bulbs.  I wound up watering plants, and only planting the fist-sized purple frittilaria bulb in the purple-and-white garden.

Many of the flowers are drying up, although a few are still blooming.  Sedum and goldenrods are flowering vigorously.

Still not much activity at the birdfeeders, but we saw a squirrel doing acrobatics on the hopper feeder and another bird near the fly-through feeder that may have been a phoebe or a flycatcher.  It was dark with a white belly, but seemed to have more of a crest than a dark-eyed junco.

EDIT 9/23/17 -- I went back out and planted 12 blue miniature iris.  I put 4 each in the purple-and-white garden, goddess garden, and wildflower garden.  \o/

I need to get out and gather/redistribute seeds.  Many of my wildflowers have gone to seed.  :D
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A few days ago, I filled the birdfeeders.  Today I saw a mourning dove on the fly-through feeder, so at least one bird has discovered the seed.  \o/ 
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Today is warm, partly cloudy, and muggy.  We went out to the orchard and removed many many field weeds from under the pear tree.  It is a bumper year for pears, they are all over the ground already, with plenty left overhead.  If I have the energy, I'll go back out later and pick up a bucket of them to make pie filling. 
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Today has been warm and muggy.  We finally got some rain!  \o/  There will be more chances later in the week, too.

I had to go out and reposition flowerpots that fell over.  Again.  I moved some around and maybe that'll help hold them up. 
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Today is cool and mostly sunny.  I trimmed some weeds around the forest garden and Doug helped me set up the new birdfeeder.  Then I filled that one, the hopper feeder, and the fly-through feeder. 
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Today was mild and mostly sunny.  I went out and watered plants.  We got a little rain but it hasn't helped much. 
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the September 5, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony Barrette. It also fills the "give to charity" square in my 7-1-17 card for the Winter Fest in July Bingo. This poem belongs to the Iron Horses thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Today is partly cloudy, breezy, and cool.  I went outside and watered plants. 

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