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Greetings all, I hope you had a great week. As we sit back to enjoy or coffee or tea, I would tell you first how pleased I was to get some great feedback on my new short fiction. It’s a complex story about redemption and forgiveness with multiple surprises and one piece of feedback was particularly striking in my reader sent me a detailed note about how it read and impacted him, sending him back to rethink how he may yet recover from injuring his children through a very hard decision he made. His situation was delicate but I was pleased with the path of thought my story sent him down. I also got some great feedback from other bloggers and some from this same coffee share group. My thanks to all of you.
One of the things I love about sharing my work via a blog site is that it is very easy to improve and change an essay for any reason that suits me. In my case, a few have recommended changes and I like what was suggested and am working through how to adjust the narrative.
If you haven’t read it yet, my story, Ayem Notthymn (a man’s name) is still available for your enjoyment and I’d love to hear your thoughts. It’s right at 3000 words but will likely grow an additional 5-700 next week.
Here’s the link. – – – Ayem Notthymn Next up, I was asked about the status of the great spaghetti squash effort and the request was timely as the first harvest is coming in. In the featured photo you can see the first 8, but I actually pulled 10 for the first harvest from the crater. They are not as big as last year’s but I estimate this set of vines will produce up to 30 fruit before the season runs out. I have 3 patches of plants working now.
- The Crater: I call the crater because I literally dug a deep, wide hole in our clay-rich soil in the middle of the sunniest part of the backyard because I thought these plants love lots of sun. More on that in a moment. It started the season with 7 sprouted plants in my crater full of compost soil.
- The Compost Pile: Back at the compost pile, 2 more seeds “volunteered” to do their own thing again this year. This is the way things got started last year. This site only gets direct sun about 40% of any day. And yes, sometimes the light only gets through in the form of focused phaser beams as allowed by the redwood trees from the hillside above. The biggest fruit this year are coming from this plant. I count 7 almost ready to harvest.
- The Runt: After giving away several sprouted plants to friends, I had one straggler, a runt really of 2 more sprouts. I planted it in a spot just behind a rock retaining wall with full sunshine but not as deep in compost soil. I love the spot because the wall puts the plant almost a waist high for me. No bending down and thus is easy to inspect and monitor and learn more details of the life cycle of this plant. Both sprouts started life the hard way. The first 2 leaves to this plant are special somehow. Bugs chewed off most of these two sprouts so they’ve struggled ever since. the don’t grow as hearty or as fast and that one small fruit may never grow big enough to eat. Then to add insult to injury, I’ve had to defend them from gophers. Just yesterday I trapped the second one that got too close. You can see the partially filled hole at the lower middle of the photo. It’s man against nature in my backyard. You think I’m kidding but those two gophers don’t. Actually, neither of them think about anything anymore.