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Top Drawer News — The First Amaryllis

Spring has arrived in Carpenter Country, and here’s the proof. And I think, if you listen closely In the sweet glad days of spring, With the song of the brook, the breeze, and the birds, You can hear the flowers sing. ~Helen Isabel Moorhouse *** You might also like these posts Top Drawer News — Believing in the ghost You…

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Essay — Rain

It’s raining, it’s pouring, and I’m smiling because this week I won’t have to water my plants. Without any additional help from me, Carpenter Country is green, thriving, and alive with color. Crepe myrtles, knockout roses, marigolds, begonias, and painted ladies vie for space in flowerbeds lush with trailing sweet potato vines. And the flowers aren’t the only thing brightening the landscape. Between…

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Essay — Weather Forecasting

I’m almost convinced meteorologists should leave weather forecasting to the bluebirds. But before I go on, I ought to explain that statement. In Carpenter Country, we have two birdhouses, and for years, the bluebirds have followed the same routine. In spring, for warmth, they raise chicks in the box that sits in full sun. In the summer, to keep the nestlings cooler, they use…

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Essay — Moon News

Over the years, the full moon has inspired poets, songwriters and lovers. Lately, it’s pulled the news media away from never-ending stories about the dismal economic situation. Two weeks ago, fired up broadcasters focused their attention on the Super Moon. A month earlier, they credited a nameless full moon with re-floating the iceberg that sank the Titanic. Before that, a theory called the “big splat”…

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Essay — Bee Sting

I’m here to tell you–if you sit on a wasp, you’ll get stung. It will be painful; you’ll get a lot of kidding, but very little sympathy. That’s what I found out last week when I came out of the house, camera in hand, to take a picture of the roses and pansies blooming together in one pot. Angling for a better shot,…

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Honey

The April 2010 Top Drawer Ink essay Sweet Treatment was about using local honey as a natural allergy treatment and ended with these words: If this is a cure, what a sweet way to beat sniffling and sneezing. So, was it a cure? Here’s the latest scoop. Unfortunately, last spring’s quick dry-up of my dripping nose wasn’t due to the…

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Essay — Carpenter Country CSI

Would you believe there’s been a murder in Carpenter Country! No, the short one didn’t snuff anybody, but she still feels bad about what happened. It began in April when two Bluebirds met at the backyard watering hole. Their courtship quickly winged its way to nest building, then egg laying. All seemed to be going according to plan until the…

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