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July 2017 • Southern Rural Route

As I approach my 65th birthday, there seems to be a conspiracy afoot to make me feel OLD. I went into a big box store for a broom. What I wanted wasn’t on the broom racks. I consulted two clerks who were nearby. When I asked for a “regular” broom I got blank looks as though I had asked them for a manual typewriter and really, just what was a typewriter? See what I mean? It was … Read More

My brother and his wife found this slithery critter on the chain link gate when they came home late one night. There is just no end to the number of critters who hang out with us humans on the Southern Rural Route. Not too long ago, I accidentally locked myself out of the house at 8:30 p.m. Still daylight, I walked over to Mr. Beekeeper’s to use his phone to call my brother. … Read More

I was planning a trip to Cee’s on July 2 to get a close-up shot of some baby monarch caterpillars. She called that morning to tell me she was running out of milkweed food for her monarch caterpillars. She had purchased 27 milkweed plants since early spring at a cost of $4.49 to $4.99 per plant. Each 3-foot plant, when covered with mesh netting, will support only 3 to 4 … Read More