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. 

  • Front.cowboy
    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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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
  • Front.cross
    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in 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.
  • Front.hose Testing
    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.

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