Thursday, May 6, 2010

Lilacs & Lawn Tractors

Yesterday was a day of glorious spring sunshine with a cooling breeze that wafted the heavy perfume of the lilacs in through the kitchen windows.  Perfection.  The lilacs are drawing butterflies of several varieties, like jewels pinned on a lovely gown.  After hours of mowing, I needed to stand for awhile and so pulled all the weeds in front of the porch and up the walkway.  (Should have done that before taking the photo.)  After that, I needed to sit for awhile.  I left the pulled weeds in neat piles, planning to dispose of them later, but when I went out again, the free-range chickens had scattered weeds everywhere as they searched for the goodies they were sure I'd hidden just for them.  That'll teach me to put off a chore.  "If you don't have time to do a job right the first time, do you have time to do it over?"

While mowing, I scared a baby ground squirrel that had been playing in the woodpile by the clothes line, and a mother squirrel stuffing her nest with dried grasses out on the west point.  Years ago I read The Stand by Stephen King, in which he referred several times to a book called Watership Down by Richard Adams.  I'd never seen a writer tout another author's book, and wondered if it was a real book or just an interesting device for King's story.  When I found Watership Down, I had to read it to see what was so great that another author would mention it...and found a delightful story in which all the characters were rabbits.  Adams had created a language, complete with glossary, for these creatures (a la Klingon in Star Trek), and a word we in the family adopted was "hrududu."  A hrududu is anything mechanized, a car, truck, tractor, etc., that made a loud noise and frightened the rabbits.  As I zoomed toward these squirrels, I could hear them screaming, "The hrududu is coming!  The hrududu is coming!" 

Walking out at sundown to put the kids to bed, the smell of new-mown greens and still-warm lilacs filled the air.  It doesn't get much better.


Linda Cox said...

No deer at the front door this spring! Time to plant that tree. Thanks for the reminder about Watership Down.

Kathryn said...

Sounds like an exquisite day for sure. You deserved it after all the days of rain and snow. And the fact that you take pleasure in your chores is refreshing (but double duty on the weeds does not seem fair!)