Dear Sunday Letter friends,
How is everyone post election? Seems our nation becomes more horribly divided every day. One camp thinks President Trump is being cheated from re-election. The other camp thinks that’s a bunch of hooey. Isn’t it great to live in a nation where we are free to believe whatever conspiracy theories we want?
One thing I know, wallowing in post-election quagmire is not healthy for anyone.
Now, for a very short Sunday Letter…
In the spirit of moving on, today’s fallen leaf art is all about peace.
I did a little research about the peace symbol because I’ve never known its origin. I always imaged a free-spirited California hippie came up with the doodle during protest downtime. According to a CNN article, the symbol was created by designer and pacifist Gerald Holtom in 1958 as part of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. So there you go.
Friends Who Hike
During the past three days, we have enjoyed having Dallas friends in town. Y’all, there’s a fine line between staying secluded and staying sane. (We 🙏 we managed to hang out safely in this crazy Covid world.) Mostly, we spent our time together in the woods. When we weren’t outside, we wore masks.
In three days, we hiked 22.2 miles!
It’s nice to have friends with very common interests, like hiking and eating tacos.
Oooh, and they came bearing goodies from Trader Joe’s!
Ten days ago, I said goodbye to my trombetta squash vine. I was sad to see it go, but the time had come to pull it from the garden and add it to the compost. Throughout spring and summer and early fall, it certainly over-performed and exceeded my expectations.
Everything has its season.
Isn’t it amazing, the root system of one little seed?
With the vine gone, we have reclaimed our back yard. I planted a few happy-faced violas and can actually see the fire pit from the kitchen window again.
Gardeners: I have LOTS of trombetta seed packets to share. If you would like to grow trombetta squash next spring, let me know. I will hook you up with seeds!
Mt. Kessler has become a hot spot for off-road cyclists. With lots of cool trails and bridges, I can see why. Check out this bike ramp/bridge built into a huge fallen oak tree.
So ingenious! The ultimate recycling, too.
Seriously friends, if you are capable of going for a walk in the woods or down a dirt road or around a city block, DO IT. It will do wonders for your mental health.
If you can’t, hang tight. I’ll bring nature to you.
Grace Grits and Gardening
Farm. Food. Garden. Life.
P.S. Sorry, nothing from Momma today. I’ve not seen her in a few days…