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Archive for June, 2009

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Marconi and Faraday have joined Tesla in Andy’s gerbil collection. They are cute and rather remarkable jumpers. Faraday is a bit smaller than Tesla, but also black. Marconi is blonde. May they live long and prosper.

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a hawk in our far back yard, possibly a red-tailed hawk

a hawk in our far back yard, possibly a red-tailed hawk

The sad news is that yesterday evening one of Andy’s gerbils, the blonde one he named Edison, the one we thought was the smartest, died. We took him to the emergency animal hospital in Copley, but by the time the doctor had seen him it was too late. And then, by odd coincidence, I saw two movies that evening who had small rodents as major characters. I saw Bolt with Alice, Mike and Nathan at their house with an important hamster, and in the evening chose Heaven Can Wait from my Roku queue and was surprised that a guinea pig named Heidi had a pivotal role!

This morning I saw a hawk perched on a stake near the burn pile in the far back part of our yard. It seemed larger than other hawks I’ve seen, but I think it is a red-tailed hawk, though that’s only a tentative definition from pictures seen on the internet. It looked rather pale, all over. It was fun to see it. I remember that to native Americans the hawk was a symbol of clear sight, but I suspect this one means small animals in the garden!

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DESultory Thoughts

IMG_1178It’s been one of those strange weeks. Sunday evening we discovered we had no water and for the next several days all life seemed to revolve mainly around that fact. I stayed at home many days waiting for the pump guys to show up to “tweek” the system, again, thinking a lot about the possibility that a new pump, if all failed to go well, might precipate the need for having a new well drilled! Good grief! By their last tweek on Wednesday which seemed more successful than other ones and the fact that we realized the upstairs toilet had been running continuously though silently and Andy fixed it, I was considering cancelling the new pump installation which I finally did on Thursday morning. Meanwhile, a few things happened in the garden but the rain outside kept me from doing too much. I caught a small groundhog in the hav-a-heart trap I bought with Alice, but decided he was too young to be moved so far from his family. I have mixed feelings about all the animal life in, under and around my yard. Something came up on the deck one night and ate a great many of the plants that were there waiting to be planted out or potted up. Sigh….

But really, life has been good if very peaceful. (Or should I say “very good AND very peaceful?)  I’ve been reading Henning Mankell’s Swedish mysteries and Eliot Pattison’s Tibetan ones and have begun Erica Bauermeister’s book The School of Essential Ingredients which begins with a heartwrenching bit about a four year old girl whose father justleft them. “Her mother, stunned, had slid into books like a seal into water. Lillian had watched her mother submerge and disappear, sensing instinctively even at her young age the impersonal nature of a choice made simply for survival, and adapting to the niche she would now inhabit, as a watcher from the shore of her mother’s ocean. In this new life, Lillian’s mother’s face became a series of book covers, held in place where eyes, nose, or mouth might normally appear….”  I am not too far into this book, but so far it seems exceptionally good.
I am starting to feel more creative as time goes on……….I wonder if this will lead to anything? Or will I always be so disorganized? Life is still changing, but who knows to what……..
Oh, and DESultory thoughts has all those capitals in honor of my favorite author, DES, Dorothy Emily Stevenson.
And Alice is absolutely right! That’s a picture of a cardinal, not a robin. The cardinal is my favorite bird! My mother tamed some to eat out of her hand when I was little.  I like robins too, but really, I don’t know what caused this mistake……

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Nathan and Sofia at Paul's Grave 6 09This photo is from Alice and I love it! Nathan and Sofia were helping work on Paul’s grave when we planted the spring flowers there. I forgot to bring my camera, so the pictures I have are from when I returned alone the next day. Alice does so much to keep Paul’s memory alive in Nathan’s mind. Maus was only a few weeks old when he died. Ingmar and Emily drove from Bellefonte to Akron City Hospital when they heard the sad news and brought two week old Sofia with them.  I have a picture of this too. I have taken it out because Alice convinced me that it would make most of you too sad to see it…….. But I think we were all touched that Sofia  could be with her grandfather even if only for such a short time at the end of his life and the beginning of hers…….Before the terrible accident that made his doctors use so much pain medication that he was always in a coma, but after Sofia was born, he remembered that she was born. It was a sort of miracle that he could remember this when he forgot almost everything else.  He asked Alice, “Didn’t someone new come over the weekend?” He also never forgot that Emily had gotten her PhD and that she was expecting a baby. He was such a special person that I want his grandchildren to have an idea of what a loving, generous, funny, smart man he was.

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IMG_1162Sunday evening Sofia Maus, my sweet grandaughter from Pennsylvania arrived for a  week of visiting with all of us here in Bath, while her mother and a colleague attended a week of teaching workshops. Sofia stayed with my daughter Alice who is the mother of my wonderful four year old grandson, Nathan. They only live a few miles away and I go to  see all of them every day. A Maus at my House

(I wish I knew how to manage this blog a little better. I had the greatest difficulty getting it to insert two photos today, though I often do that. And I can’t get the words where I want them to be. ) But I digress…….It was a lovely week of seeing Sofia who is at one of those  times when you think you see a child progress while you are watching them! She learned to speak better and better and is talking up a storm of one word sentences. ….My own garden is not in yet, but Monday we did go over to Moore’s Chapel Cemetery and plant several flowers around Paul’s grave. I wonder how these viney ones will do on the ground, but I like the colors and I think Paul would too. Other family news includes the fact that we think we are all going to Germany for Christof’s wedding in September. Nathan has been invited to be one of the blumenkinder who carry flowers before the bride. We are all feeling honored and excited about this! Life is good!

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