north florida - rocky hammock

By: marsHen , 1:21 PM GMT on March 09, 2012

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07:05, 60F, fog in the pastures, blue sky, sun's up. roosters carrying on. crows calling. cuban toast and coffee for breakfast. not going to work today since I have to go to cow town to get this tooth out at noon. with the cost of fuel and my old ford ranger only getting 18 mpg, I'd work an hour just to pay for gas, then only get a few hrs. in..
and on and on.. not worth it. there's lots to do around here ... just fed the inside dogs, and then their walk, and then the chores. and then a whole half a day to enjoy!
10:10, 77F, hot. fog cleared, sunny, breeze from SSW. cirrus clouds streaking out from the SW. 3 deer back by donkey water and mineral block. pileated woodpecker slamming the tall dead laurel cherry. watered camellias. put new hay in chicken nest boxes. got 6 eggs. guard dog kept me company. she found a cool spot, I'm sweating..
12:00, totally overcast, starting to rain. waiting for my ride to the dentist. just heard that an old friend of mine who is dying from cancer is being moved to hospice this afternoon. that cancer is a plague. I've lost many friends to it. it's the way we live, what we eat, and what we have to breathe and the water we drink. poison..
16:00, 78F, partly cloudy with a haze. sunny. took a while to get that damned tooth out.. I went through the Kyrie many times before it finally gave up and exited my jaw.. then I had a hassel with the drugstore over my pain medication. but I'm finally home and resting before chores. hear the rattle of a smaller woodpecker, crows calling, a mockingbird.. noticed that the lone dogwood in the lane and the cherokee roses in front of the house are starting to bloom! good to be on the farm.
20:30, 68F, still, misty with a cloud bank to the east. did chores slowly. got 1 more egg. no moon in sight although I did go out into the pasture and look. the planets are bright. orion is straight up. found the big dipper and the north star. mars was very red. venus and jupiter continue to approach each other.
jaw is aching so I should just call it quits and head for bed.. perhaps I will wake up and the moon will be up there in the pecan trees outside my window.. good night.

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marine biologist around the Suwannee River delta. Raise Cracker sheep on an old Cracker farm ~ 12 mi. (as the crow flies) from the Gulf.