Gardener's Grapevine 2012.10.31

Written by David Green.

Wow, what a week! Sometimes the world moves so fast you lose track of what day it is and how you got there. We are still learning these crazy computer programs at work to make “patients’ charts and medical care more efficient.” Well, if my work week is any indication, it might be more efficient on the charting level but not in conjunction with nurse time spent or pt time spent waiting!

When Saturday rolled around this week all I wanted was a pair of jeans, a sweatshirt, gloves and some time outdoors where nothing is new and everything gets done just as I’ve always done it with hard work and my own hands. There are times when changing the tried and true just isn’t the way to go. I have always started the fall clean-up in one corner of the property and worked my way around until I come back out where I started. When I reach the end, I know every place I cleaned and what I put where for the winter.

I wish I could say that about my computer charting. There are times I put something in and when I look for it I can’t find it anywhere. Thank goodness for that mystical voice on the other end of the phone line at the “help desk” that finds it in the great big black hole that is my computer memory.

I try to think of my computer like my gardening. The shed (computer) has shelves (computer files) and everything has a place so that I can come back in the spring and find it where it always is, I hope. Except sometimes you put your pots and statuary in the neighbor’s shed thinking it’s your own. Thank goodness I don’t really do that or I wouldn’t have anything left to garden with.

While cleaning up the yard I trimmed back the ornamental grasses. If you have ornamental grasses you are aware that they like to spread all over. The wind blows the dried seeds everywhere and once they take hold you have a mess that is hard to remove. I love to see the grasses in the winter but the winter winds will be spreading them everywhere. So here come the hedge clippers, and sorry city workers, there will be more at the curb.

The yard looks so clean but so bare after the clean-up. Would we ever have a huge yard if I didn’t have such a gardening fetish! But darn it, I love fresh tomatoes and pretty flowers and when the gardening catalogs come I will once again be drooling and planning for next spring. 

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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.

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