Those of you who’ve been following Next-Door Nature know it’s some time now since I’ve posted regular updates. The past year has been challenging, to say the least, but I’ve tried to keep the blog going with periodic reprints and new NDNOTW and Street Creatures photos. I’ve been encouraged by your kind words and feeling hopeful, too, as the possibility of returning to a regular posting schedule by the end of this month looked promising… until this past Thursday, that is.
The terrier boy and I were out for our usual morning stroll, relishing all the songbird neighbors whistling welcoming tunes on the streets of our new-to-us old neighborhood. Turns out, city trees have a warped sense of humor and one of them decided to play a practical joke disguised as an experiment to see if human beings can become airborne when provided enough lift and momentum. Raising a knobby knee and the brick sidewalk covering it, leaves barked with laughter as the tree and I found out first-hand that people fly well but land poorly.
Subsequently, I’ve found out human beings also type poorly with a fractured elbow. Who knew?
That tree’s wearing cement shoes so it isn’t going anywhere (okay, so maybe I’d have an attitude problem under the same circumstances; that doesn’t mean all is forgiven). But me, I’m movin’ on up the learning curve—albeit not very fast and with an oh-so-attractive hitch in my get-along. Thursday’s event provided the perfect opportunity to buy and get acquainted with voice recognition software. This tool is proving invaluable for responding to email and other concise work-related tasks. However, I’m not yet proficient enough to tackle the kind of creative writing I like to post on Next-Door Nature. I’ll admit, this is most likely a side effect of concussion rather than a failing of the code developers.
So, gentle readers, I find I must once again beg your indulgence in the hopes that time, Schedule III pharmaceuticals, and a good orthopedist will conspire to help me return to writing something worth reading. In a month or two.
Meanwhile, may your summer days be wild. And rootless.
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