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July 30, 2013

Summer

I’ve written about the pig statue before, the one that is on the south side of Highway 34, between Mt. Pleasant and Fairfield. The white pig statue is on the Jerry and Sandy Nelson farm, and is a popular landmark for neighbors giving directions. Sandy Nelson outfits the pig in different costumes to fit the season or holiday. For example, there’s the patriotic pig, Santa pig, Easter Rabbit pig, etc. It brings a smile to the face of many a highway traveler. Sandy has outdone herself this summer, outfitting the pig in a water park setting. It’s called “Hogdays of Summer” and features the pig in a child’s swimming pool with a water slide and beach ball. Hilarious! The Nelson’s have surpassed themselves this summer.

Buddy and I observed a squirrel building its winter nest the other day. I have never seen a squirrel building a nest before. Dunno why, as much time as I have spent outdoors. Anyway, this young squirrel, which I no doubt feed, was busy snipping off green twigs, some with leaves still attached, and carrying the twigs to the dark green nest where it carefully weaved the twigs into a green, living bundle. While hunting in the fall, I have seen many a squirrel”s nest. But in the fall, the nests are brown, brittle, and ugly. For some reason, I have never thought of a squirrel’s nest as alive, vibrant, and green.

“Cottontail”

I saw a rabbit last week,

stand on its hind legs and

reach to the top

of a white seed-headed dandelion.

The bunny dined on the fluffy parachutes

as if needing special nourishment.

I have never seen a rabbit do this,

green dandelion leaves yes,

white seed head, no.

Seemingly satisfied,

the rabbit hopped away,

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