Author Archives: SpruceKnob

No Pain

Yesterday morning I emerged from sleep slowly, lying on my back without moving, warm and quiet.  As I reached for consciousness, I began to realize that I felt no pain.  There was no throbbing in my toe, no aching in … Continue reading

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Snow in March with Social Distancing

Monday, March 23, 2020 It’s snowing this evening, enough that the newly emerging daffodil spears are buried, as are the snowdrops and other harbingers of spring.  The bird feeder is empty, but the chickadees keep checking on it.  Perhaps we’ll … Continue reading

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Closed Crocuses and Drooping Daffodils

It was one of the coldest Aprils on record. Then suddenly – a respite. A record-breaking warm day brought out the daffodils and crocuses and hope of spring.  When wind rain returned the next day, the crocuses shivered and gave … Continue reading

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A Moment of Perfect Peace

Yesterday afternoon, after an hour of bustling about, shovelling, raking, and putting garden equipment away, I wrapped up my work in the shade of the garage and walked around the corner of the house to the garden.  I was hit with … Continue reading

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Big Boxes, Wasted Space

  I roll my eyes in frustration when yet another online order arrives rattling in an oversized box.  Why waste the cardboard and yards and yards of packing material  to ship empty space when a small box or envelope would … Continue reading

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Once Every 30 Years

It seems that we’re in deferred maintenance mode this year.  It’s catch-up time for the tasks that you know you should tackle, but that just aren’t at the top of your to-do list.  This summer we finally had our septic … Continue reading

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First Week of Retirement – Dipping a Toe in the Ocean

What did I do on my first day of retirement?  First I went to a morning yoga class.  Great start!  Then I came home and spent an hour finishing a report for work that I hadn’t turned in last week.  … Continue reading

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Mothers in the Driver’s Seat

We had some early snow in October.  Sometimes a little slush on the road is worse than a snowy accumulation, especially when you don’t have snow tires on the car yet.  My commute home is on winding rural roads, and in … Continue reading

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Three and a Half Years Later

It’s been three and a half years since my last post.  Once you’re fully employed, there’s less time and energy for blogging.  It was also difficult to share thoughts and emotions while in an on-going battle for justice, which eventually I lost in … Continue reading

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Update on the Juggling

I can’t believe it’s been four weeks since I last posted on the blog.  Think of a juggler, keeping multiple balls (or fruits or even eggs) in the air, letting some drop and adding others, but never stopping the flow.  … Continue reading

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