Tuesday, October 27, 2015

My muse and my listening skills.

  About my usual quote. There are so many quotes and so little time.



There is always something to be said, and that is the truth. Do you really have to say it, or should we save it for another time? Writing is like that. The muse knows what it wants to say, but sometimes you have to persuade it to come back later.  This statement usually works for me, "I am really busy here, later OK".

Well, busy is what I have found myself these last few days, or should I say weeks. The farm is a very busy place this time of year. There are so many things to do. The winter may sneak up on us and if we are not prepared it will catch us off guard. This has happened to us here on this farm, a couple of times during other winters. That ultimately found us  scrambling, to get ready and in a hurry then missing steps.


Well, My Hero (not necessarily me, I am busy with other things) has been scrambling to beat the snow. It will no doubt be here sometime in November. That is what I have been thinking, but I am not a weather girl so honestly I do not have a clue. All I have to go on are the signs. Signs, like the abundance of black walnuts that litter the ground behind my house. 

The oak trees have so many acorns now lying on the ground, that I am pretty sure we are feeding and providing for the whole county and its population of chipmunks and squirrels. Speaking of squirrels, I have one that has a white stripe. Oh you can stop thinking what you are thinking right now. My friend Rosie said the same thing, out loud, and No it is not a skunk. I am a farm girl, so I am pretty sure I would be able to tell the difference. One of these days, I will get a photo so you will stop laughing, and yes I do know you all are indeed laughing.


Hickory, oak, black walnuts and beech nuts litter the ground everywhere in the bush. Their sheer numbers are certainly causing the wildlife to go absolutely crazy. There were sixteen Wild Turkeys standing under the old oak tree on the lane. Sixteen, in one group, that is a big difference compared to my usual seven. I could only come to one conclusion and that was that they are not from here. They had come to take the acorns out of the mouths of my own "Taunting Turkeys". There will be no photo of said turkeys, because those turkeys kept their distance. It appears they are as shy as my own acorn seeking and loving turkeys.



The old-timers used to say that an over abundance of nuts, and the fact that all the creatures from all around are steadily gathering, and then storing, means that we are in for a long winter. Well, I do not know about you but I tend to believe in the old signs, but then again we have been indeed fooled many times before. The weather and seasons as of late have certainly made predicting a bit more difficult to predict. I am expecting the need for lots of storing, but then again I would rather be prepared than not.

There is only one thing I know for sure these days. I need to take a break from blogging. My muse is telling me that there are stories to write but I am not really listening. I am trying to persuade it to come back later. I could use the excuse that I am too busy, but honestly I just need some time.

 For all of you out there reading this silly rambling of this confused woman who did somewhat listen to her muse, there you have the nagging story. It may be a bit more rambling than my usual. This may be because of my wondering, just how many nuts will be needed per squirrel, chipmunk or turkey for the winter.



My hands are indeed full. Do know that once my proverbial basket is full, and the ground is cleared of all those proverbial nuts, I will be back. See you soon.

Later


38 comments:

  1. Hello, I have been seeing tons of acorns here too. I hope that we do not have a bad winter. Enjoy your blogging break and I hope you have some fun times besides the work times. Enjoy your day and have a happy new week!

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  2. "They" say we're in for a milder winter than last year. But...mild also means more snow or precipitation (rain/freezing rain/ice storms)....so your 'nutty' predictions could be true. No matter what comes it will be cold and snowy for 6 months until the sun draws the little green shoots out of their slumber in April and May. Enjoy your little break. I hope the big rain storm coming tomorrow doesn't affect you too much. Hugs. Pam

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  3. I'm not sure the "weather people" have any better insight. The last two times we're had rain predicted, it has passed us by. One thing's for sure: Winter will eventually arrive. Let's hope the creatures - including us - are ready!

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  4. Do whatever you need to do, and look after yourself. We will be here when you return.

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  5. I hope you are wrong about the winter. I have certainly enjoyed this fall. It has yet to freeze hard here. A big change from the last few years. I'll take it. Enjoy your break and keep an eye on those turkeys. I would love to see a photo of the squirrel, but I'm sure that will be no easy task.

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  6. Take care and we will all be here when you return!

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  7. The deer around here love the acorns and chestnuts that fall to the ground as do the squirrels and chipmunks . I hope we have a milder winter with little snow this year but one never knows . Big rain storm to hit us tonight and all tomorrow with high winds . Thanks for sharing , Have a good week !

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  8. I bet you're scrambling to get ready for the coming winter. It's a blizzard here as I write. I sowed my perennial and wildflower seed this AM before it started - now the snow is covering them. Since I live in ski country, we always hope for a hard winter. Hope you still can make time to jot down some thoughts and take some pics - you can share when you have time. Take Care!

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  9. Fall is a hectic time for farmers. The story behind sayings about many acorns and a long winter is what's interesting. Have a good break.

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  10. Your words are never silly ramblings.

    All signs here are pointing to snow this winter and you say, snow? You always have snow, we don't have snow that covers houses but two or three inches brings things to a halt here. Our nut crops are abundant and there are spoons in the split seeds of the persimmon. It's leaning toward a snowy winter.

    We have been bone dry for almost two months and while every one got too much rain we received a blessed three day soaking of less than two inches. Our food plots look like the armadillos had a party with the rain finally bringing food (bugs, worms) to the top of the ground.

    Enjoy your down time and we will be here when you get back.

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  11. You will be missed, Buttons! I really enjoy reading what you call "silly ramblings," for your words are not silly at all! I hope you are able to get those winter preparations completed before winter's arrival! xo Nellie

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  12. Enjoy your time away and we will be here waiting for the next great rambling of a story. Great shots and post.

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  13. Enjoy your break. We will be here when you return. By the way, I do believe you about the squirrel! Imagine my surprise when I spotted a squirrel with a white bushy tail. I was lucky to have my camera and he was along side of the street and posed for me. Hope you can get a shot of your squirrel. Take care!

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  14. take care buttons! i've heard we are supposed to have a bad winter but then they said that last year too...the boys said their teacher told them it would be bad because of the wooly worm...hmmm, lots of folks here have these old wives tales!

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  15. We'll leave the light on for you. *hugs*

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  16. Enjoy your break and start filling your house with the necessities for winter like nuts.

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  17. You may very well be in for a long winter, but I hope it is not as vicious as the previous two.

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  18. I was thinking as I started reading how glad I am to have found you because I enjoy your down to earth posts about your life.

    I hope your winter is mild and that you'll soon grace us with another post or two.

    You will be missed, but your taking a break is totally understandable.

    Happy winter preparations ~ FlowerLady

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  19. I'm sure you'll be finding lots of things to keep you busy ! :) :) Enjoy your break, and see you around! (Love the turkey!)

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  20. B,

    True signs of winter returning!!! Take care of yourself, and we will be waiting for your return.

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  21. As a farm girl myself, I know how hard it is to have everything ready before wintertime hits. So you do what needs to be done with no worries :0. And your stories, and me, will be anxiously awaiting. Blessings my sweet friend!!

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  22. We had our first snowfall last night, and no we weren't ready. But it will melt and dry up a bit this weekend and we will finish up. Just a bit of outdoor furniture to tarp, (I was hoping for one last fire) and a couple of tools to pick up and it can snow as much as it wants.

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  23. Every fall I get that urge to 'stock up'. Have fun. We'll be here waiting.

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  24. As I sit in the den looking out at the heavy rain I muse about how much this would be as snowfall. Think about it. The next big storm may be snow. As a Canadian country girl I feel the need to embrace the upcoming winter. Winter activities await us all. Enjoy your break.

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  25. It's great to be busy...but not too busy. I am sure you will use your break time to full advantage and then be back to blogging!

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  26. What beautiful photos! I love seeing wild turkeys. We were surprised to have them here in Florida....in our neighborhood! Sweet hugs, Diane

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  27. Enjoy your time away from blogging.
    You and those turkeys..hugs M xx

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  28. Good for you for recognizing that you--and your muse--need a break. She will no doubt nag at you, and you can keep some little notes if the mood strikes and to keep your head from overflowing with ideas. Developing an editorial calendar helps many bloggers organizer their ideas into manageable chunks of time and stories. I may try that. You'll figure out what will work for you. Take care of yourself. The critters will be fine and welcome you back whenever you're ready. Hugs, C.

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  29. Enjoy your break and we will look forward to seeing pictures of your "white striped squirrel" ;-).

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  30. Hi, Buttons. Hope you're having a great autumn day. I'm jealous of the variety of trees and wild creatures who stop by for their photo. Great shots Very best wishes that all goes wonderfully with that anticipated baby and mom...and grandma.

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  31. Love your photos and the wildlife that gather about also preparing for the winter. Enjoy your break preparing for winter. It does us all good to take some time to rest or regroup. See you when you return.
    Blessings, cm

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  32. Mother Nature doesn't always allow for planning. Best to take to Netflix in preparation, I say! (Best case scenario anyway.)
    Hugs!

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  33. Can't wait! I know you are excited!!
    We saw lots and lots of black walnuts at a lake we went to last weekend..more so than I have ever seen at one place. I thought it was very strange. I hope we are not in for another bad winter, or bad spring or whatever it is that Mother Nature is scheming up for us.
    Have a SUPER weekend!

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  34. So funny about your white-black skunk-squirrel! We saw a squirrel today that was black but had half a red tail! They are funny little things!

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  35. Yes, Grace, knowing when to take a break is essential to a healthful state of mind. Possibly a physical state as well. We can overload and then crash, trying to keep up. As to skunks...I wasn't laughing...I'm overrun with skunks and want the blighters GONE!.

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