It's a slow news day here in Kickapoo Center. The electric company tree trimmers came through. I brave the cold winds and exposure to remind them that our place is special.
Last time they came through I made sure it that all property lines were noted as no-spray zones. What that means is that they are not allowed to napalm the area under their power lines that affect our organic property. The watch word here is "selected cutting". The special designation I use refers to the idea that all trees planted around our five acres are part of a mature landscape plan when our house was the school. It and a post office, church, rumored general store and Carol Hansen's grandparents house across the road were part of a community which extended into the floodplain where Kickapoo Center still exists as a plotted town.
I think the principal of the high school who purchased the field at auction a year ago has pipe dreams of something more than raising soybeans. The 2008 flood is more than a memory when the Viola Fire Department comes to check on a us. A volunteer for the fire department and I chat about a harrowing rescue via boat in a river whose current strong enough to deposit a six foot high sand bar at the edge of the former bridge across the river.
Mandy is fascinated by the TV which out of desperation dominates the living room. I'm thankful that Dawn took her along for some errands and a visit to her mother's (Mandy's) place. I long for the day of watching a movie from beginning to end without someone hawking term life insurance, Flo the Progressive zombie, " act now and you'll receive not just two wonder-bras but four. Just pay an additional shipping handling charge of 59.95 or my favorite, the slimy long hair who steps across the international date line with Eskimo glasses to remind lucky viewers that they'll get a $200 credit today.
We made a mistake thinking that having TV would mean we'd watch fewer movies. Cutting back, it takes a week to complete the cycle. Redbox or the local grocery store are a better alternative.
Sorry. Winding down. Gotta rest. Peace and love to y'all.
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