One ever present theme of early fall are plants going to seed.
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I’ve always thought plant seeds are interesting,
their various shapes and sizes,
and their methods
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have those seeds that flutter like little helicopters to the ground,
and in a breeze can sail quite a ways from their ‘parent.’
The pods of wild peas
(like sweet peas but without the fragrance)
pop open in a spiral motion,
and the seeds fly in all directions.
Birds eat many seeds and berries, and spread them through their droppings.
Some seeds have burrs,
and cling to passing animals, and to the hems of my jeans or in my socks.
Thank you very much! NOT!
(Have you ever tried to pick those things out of your socks or your cat’s tail????)
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we have the lowly Dandelion,
much maligned and fought by many a gardener.
To a photographer though with a macro lens,
their true beauty emerges.
This bloom has gone to seed and the breeze has already dislodged
some of the seeds to sail away on little ‘silk parachutes.’
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As a personal aside,
I am enjoying my early days of retirement.
Frankly, I’ve been surprised that I don’t miss working.
I don’t miss the kids or the noise in the bus, or the rude drivers not wanting to be delayed by a school bus,
nor the politics and drama of the job site.
I do miss my friends though.
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I’m applying for the last of my pensions, my Teamster’s benefits.
I applied for Social Security benefits exactly one month ago
and received my first check two weeks ago,
I must admit my shock that the Federal Government moved that fast
(thankfully I applied and was processed for benefits prior to the shutdown).
The last of my benefits will be paid out through Washington State Dept. of Retirement,
as a public employee.
I’m thankful too, that I can purchase health insurance as a public employee retiree
through a benefits board rather than having to buy through Obamacare,
which seems to be a real nightmare for many trying to wade through a system
that doesn’t work as it was touted prior to launch.
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(Insert the noise here of a soap box being moved).
I can’t believe that the government will penalize people on their taxes
if they don’t buy insurance through this system that is not working…
Frankly, I was/am shocked that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld this tax penalty at all… really????
I’ll zip it now.
(Insert the noise of a soap being moved back into the closet).
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