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Extraordinary

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When my son was in middle school, many years ago, his principle described him as “extraordinary.” It was a great word for her to use because it sounds really good to be extraordinary. Especially when you run it all together with a certain emphasis and draw out the -or- part, like this, extROARdinary! When you really look at the word closely, you see it means extra-ordinary. Beyond ordinary, perhaps. My son was always beyond ordinary. Both my kids, as I may have mentioned, are outside-the-box kinds of kids. Now they are extraordinary adults, like their mom who has an extraordinary yard with extra trees. I have an extraordinary number of trees, both in my front and back yard, because I love trees and don’t like to get rid of them. Sometimes I’ll move them around if they happen to grow in the wrong place.

Speaking of trees, my daughter and her boyfriend recently were given a bunch of fig trees that were up-routed for some unknown, possibly extraordinary, reason. She asked me if I wanted some, so I said, sure. Like I’ve got plenty of room for more trees in my yard – not really. When I went to pick up the fig trees, they weren’t in dirt, and the roots were exposed. The leaves were dried up to a crinkly crunch. My husband helped me put the abundant root tendrils into a plastic bag. I should say he helped me cram them into a plastic bag, because there was an extraordinary amount of rootage. We brought home two trees and put them in a large bucket of water for a day. Then, I planted one in the ground, after searching for a spot with enough room, which was not easy, and planted the smaller one in a large pot. There had been sad, dehydrated figs on the trees  which the squirrels enjoyed, and some new buds that gasped for life. The trees were and are hanging on to the edge of life. I snipped all the dried up leaves off so as to help the trees put their energy into new growth. I didn’t know that fig trees have a distinctive, extraordinary smell. It’s sort of a sweet smell, the likes of which I’ve never smelled before.

Oh, and I forgot to tell you, when we put the trees into the water bucket that first day, an extraordinary number of ants started to climb up the stems. Probably thousands of ants, or at least hundreds and hundreds. I’m so thankful they didn’t get all inside of the car which has been known to collect ants anyway.

I don’t know if these trees will survive, but if they do, it will be an extraordinary comeback.

And we will have figs! Unless the squirrels get them all.

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Maybe next year.

These figs are from pixabay.

Today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt was:

“ex.” Find a word that includes “ex” and base your post on it. Have fun!

For more information visit our host, Linda Hill, at her extraordinary blog:

https://lindaghill.com/2016/08/05/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-aug-616/

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!


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Habits, Habitats, and Hopefully Happy Squirrels

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Today’s Stream of Consciousness prompt is “ha.” We can use it as a word or find a word that starts with “ha.”

Ha is the sound I make when I clean my glasses with the steam of my breath before I wipe them off with my shirt. It could also be the sound of panting. Yesterday, I would have panted if I could not have sweat. I finally got back to the gym and the 30 minute work out class I started and stopped. But I went yesterday, so I don’t need to feel guilty about not going.

I’d like to get into the habit of going to the gym more often. I’d also like to get into the habit of going into the woods more often. I suppose that my backyard is like the woods. It does feel woodsy, because it’s what some people would call overgrown. I prefer to think of it as the natural look. My backyard is a habitat for all kinds of birds, as well as squirrels who laugh at the dogs who can’t catch them. “Ha!” they say in squirrel language, sitting from a branch above and dropping pine cones and insults to the dogs. I don’t know if that’s what they are doing up there, but that’s what my Stream of Consciousness says.

I’ve raised baby squirrels who fell out of nests during storms. We bottle fed one with kitten formula and then fruits and nuts, until he started acting wild and crazy in the cage. The wildlife rehab person told us it was time to let him go. We didn’t like saying goodbye. My son cried when we let him go in the woods at the state park. But we left him some food to get started. He didn’t stay around long before he climbed up a tree, and that was that. He was off in squirrel world. I hope he was happy.

I have a busy day today, taking some of my art to the Rescue Mission this afternoon, so I’m writing this a little after midnight, early, early Saturday morning. I should get to sleep, but I have a habit of staying up too late. Maybe that will change, but not much.

Have a happy Saturday, and a happy Earth month!

If you’d like to have fun with the Saturday Stream of Consciousness prompt, visit Linda here:

https://lindaghill.com/2016/04/08/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-april-916/

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!