February 23, 2008

This was supposed to have been the afternoon of our first-ever almond bloom party. Instead, we cancelled due to weather and we’re now awaiting "the big storm", version 3. They’re calling for sustained winds during the night of 40 mph with gusts to 60 and 70…after the big January storm, it’s hard to see what else could happen.


This time, we spent the whole afternoon getting ready. Our big tent that the chicks are brooding in is staked down to so many t-posts that it’s a hazard to walk out there. The greenhouse south wall is reinforced and the roof vents are tied down. Pretty much everything has been tied down, weighed down, or been put away inside better shelter. The kerosene lamps are fueled, the candles are ready, the woodbins are full, and there is a standby generator for the chicks in case the power goes out. Since we did all that, the storm will probably dissipate and not happen. Although as I listen, the rain is coming harder onto the roof. Should be quite a night…

Our dedicated readers will recall that we have an ongoing litigious state of affairs between ourselves and our dear neighbors to the east. The ensuing legal documents have yielded some great moments in the English language. I’m going to share a few of my recent favorite sentences: "Defendants allege that any negligence or breach of any duty by Defendants, which is specifically denied, was not the proximate cause of the injuries and damages alleged in the Complaint."   "Defendants allege that Defendants’ performances are excused under the doctrine of impossibility." "These answering cross defendants lack sufficient information and belief to permit them to answer the allegations contained in paragraphs 6 and 7 of the complaint and based upon said lack of information and belief deny each and every, all and singular, generally and specifically, the allegations contained therein." It’s a lot like the line from the movie "Benny and Joon" where Johnny Depp’s character says "Wow, I didn’t know I could talk like that." Now if I just could have stomached the idea of four years of law school….

I guess that’s all for now. I’m going to rinse off and make pretty all the dozens of daffodils I just cut. There was no point leaving them outside to be beaten to death in the wind, but it was sad to have to take away the first reminder that spring is coming. Stay warm and dry!! 





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