Archive - Nov 2005

November 11th

Pictures of the last day of Indian summer

The pods of asclepias (milkweed) are a favorite target of photographers. No wonder why.

A touch of Christmas in the asparagus patch. A red asparagus seed stands out against the green asparagus foliage, which is aparently impervious to frost. The red seed is not on the green part of the plant--it comes from a stem which was very dead and which had fallen on the green stems.

Last day of Indian summer

At least that is what the weather forecast says. Tomorrow is supposed to bring more typical November weather--sleet, drizzle, cold. But today! It is going to be 64 degrees and sunny.

SPENT a little time reading Winston Churchill's World War II memoirs last evening. Nothing like good historical writing to pull one out of the cares of the moment and into a larger world.

November 10th

Red Lobster, etc.

Olla and I had a good trip and accomplished all of our goals.

Olla had been telling all her friends at the Fertile Hilton that she was going to the "funeral parlor" today, and they would respond so gravely--"You'll pull through fine," and pat her on the back, not realizing how much Olla enjoys refining the plans for her funeral. The spectacle of these people feeling sorry for her gave Olla the giggles, so she was in high spirits when we left for our visit with the undertaker.

Gravestone shopping

I am picking up Aunt Olla in a little bit to go shopping. Our first stop is the funeral home to pick out a stone. She wants to get that all taken care of before the county starts assisting her with the nursing home costs--and she will only be allowed $75 per month.

We are also going to Fargo to pick up a new walker, and get a stereo system compact enough for her to have in the nursing home.

November 9th


Things have been quiet around here during the week--just a couple of shots per day. Hunting season in this area is nine days this year, covering two weekends and the weekdays between.

Last weekend, the two parties who hunted on this land took perhaps six deer between them. There are still many of the critters left to go.

November 8th

November color

Hardy roses can display stunning fall color. I think this is a rose which was bred by a young woman in Bagley. It blooms pink in June.

This is a glossy black chokeberry, related to chokecherry but not quite as palatable. The morning mist created the big drips.

A "Madonna" elderberry is still hanging onto its leaves and its color.

Bi-polar November

Yesterday was about as perfect as you can get in a northern Minnesota November: Sunny, mid-50s, still. Today is more typical. Rain, cold, drizzle, lots of blue on the Doppler radar.

Any nice weather in November is a bonus. If you have a blizzard in early November, that snow usually stays. So, the longer we put off the first blizzard, the more work that can be done--and the shorter a winter we will have.

November 7th

More on torture and detainment without trial

The Christian Science Monitor gives the torture question its usual fair and circumspect treatment.

November 6th

Stop the torture

Newsweek has a good article on why there should be a strong anti-torture policy towards prisoners of our military, no matter how heinous their crimes.

I am ashamed that our country tortures prisoners. Such torture has happened before on our watch, but mainly in times of great stress for the grunts on the ground, and without official sanction. American soldiers did some atrocious things in response to the horrible Nazi massacres of American POWs late in the war, but that was without permission from the top.

Frosty morn

Woke up to frost and a little ice on the swamp. The incredible humidity in the house accounts for the foggy fringe around the windows, I think.