Through my back wall i hear hammering. Sawing. Voices. A new roof. Blue tarp finally gone.
A moment of stress at what would have been arrival time. A tiny ham. A tiny zucchini. Just enough fixings for the two of us. Dinners cooked and served in five homes. A moment of sadness we can't gather. Gratitude we are all well and alive.
The wind whirls, swirling a grey green shower of pollen.
With waterbugs, I scream and call my husband to kill them. If he's not home, I manage to smash them myself. With vampires, I shudder to think about it, killing that chicken was hard enough. Unable to use a bow and arrow, I'd have to drive a stake through their heart. that is quite close quarters. I hope I am never called to make that decision, to kill or become a vampire.
Thanks to Tasha at Tasha’s Thinkings for the post on killing vampires for getting my thoughts to run in this vein. Which they usually do not.
The floor was red linoleum. The walls cream above the molding and red to the floor. There was one window over the table where we ate weekday dinners, where Nanny sat and minced lettuce, carrots and onions on a piece of newspaper before adding mayonnaise... or was it Miracle Whip to make her signature salad. A stranger surprised Nanny at the kitchen door while she held that same knife. Looking right at him, whatever she said made him leave, quickly. The little refrigerator with creamery ice cream in ice cube trays and glass storage bowls with cloth caps. On top sat the radio often playing Just Plain Bill, Ma Perkins or The Romance of Helen Trent. A small trash can with step peddle held a tiny amount of trash and garbage, most of it being cut up for the birds or reused. During heat waves, my mother and her sister dragged their mattress down to the kitchen and slept on the red floor between the open doors of kitchen and living room. A small cool in the Detroit summer of heat. The summer we stayed there, my sister and I sat at the table evenings with Poppy. He drinking a big glass of buttermilk, while we played Sorry! eating Ritz crackers topped with grated cheese. Summer Saturdays after dinner, Nanny and our mothers washed the dishes, a pan of dishwater and one for rinse water, while my sister, cousins and I played in the backyard. Unlike at home, we were never asked to help. Now I know they enjoyed the time together, talking without interruption.
my brother-in-law called yesterday morning from my driveway. just dropping by to say good morning in this time of plague. i saw them through the windows, suave and urbane. glad I was dressed with hair combed. beside their car, they began dancing, laughing music turned up they were a party in my driveway. music down, we stood talking, me next to my car, they next to theirs. far enough apart to be safe from any stray virus we might be carrying. it was the first time i'd seen them since the quarantine - a month? two months? it's hard to remember any more. their dog in the back seat. wondering why and where. they'd just been by and waved at the grandkids through the windows. i wished for the porch chairs and the little tables in idlewild. i could serve tea and we'd sit, each at our table, and talk in the yard. ten feet apart. just in case.
Golden leaves on trees on the shore of the Mill River. Snow as high as the porch. Belle Isle picnics, watching freighters on the Detroit River. The green canopy of Elm trees. A snow ball bush, an apple tree and cabbages in my grandparent's yard. Snow that fell all winter long and didn't melt until late March. Exploring second growth woods across from the cottage. Swimming across the lake in the summer and skating in winter. Fishing from the dock. The waves of Lake Michigan washing fish up on the cement walk to the Ludington light house. The Northern lights playing over the yard. So many stars. The shades of deep purple, maroon and brown of oak leaves. The red and yellow of Maples in the fall. The Angel Oak and hanging moss. Sand dollars in the ocean. The totally dark night time roads of the sea islands. Fresh fish. Shrimp. Sand dunes and sea grass and the rise and fall of the tides. Red dirt roads. The smell of pine trees in the heat of summer. Pecan trees. Huckel berries and black berries. Ticks. Walking around Watkins Mill lake and down by the Fishing river. Snow and ice and slippery hills in winter. Waterfalls,mountains,lakes and woods. So hard to get to for me, but then there are the many trees in my yard. The sun and sky and stars over all.