Water in the Creek!

Whew!  I’ve been busy, thanks to you guys.  I bought a rake.  I filled my compost pile half way.  I had the Butcher take out the scrub pines and in their place, we threw down a few stepping stones so now, hopefully, people will stop tromping across my peonies.


Clearly, they need to be straightened out some.  But people better use them, that’s all I’m saying.

But the important point is that the creek has water in it!


Oh, yeah, and right along there is where I planted the crocuses, which I will now be able to see because the pines are down.


A tiny waterfall.


That’s the larger waterfall, which is not that big.  That small log is right at the end of our property, I think.


There’s our greenhouse, which we still have made no decision about.  I like it, because it’s creepy, but it’s falling down.


That’s where the creek turns to then form the side boundary of our lot and run out down to the road.


Another shot of the turn from on the bridge.


And that’s from that same bridge looking towards the other neighbor’s.


There are all kinds of weird things all over the yard.  Like this gate that doesn’t go anywhere anymore, at the back of the property.


And this sink right by the greenhouse.  I suspect that bed right there might have been for herbs at some point, but we’re not going to have it ready for herbs any time soon.  The magical herbs, at least, are going out front in the spring.


And that’s our back yard, from the very back of it.

Some day, I will have a talented photographer out to take better pictures.  But for now, you’ll have to put up with mine.

All Things in Popular Music DO Lead to The Band!

So, Vesta44 asks if the Hawkins singing Susie-Q is Hawkshaw Hawkins.  It is not.  Hawkshaw, for those of you who may remember, died alongside Patsy Cline.  I believe he had a couple of hits and was from West Virginia.

Our Hawkins is Dale Hawkins, who was from Louisiana.  How does that lead us to The Band?

Dale Hawkins’s cousin is Ronnie Hawkins, who moved to Canada with his band The Hawks.  While in Canada, everyone in The Hawks–except Levon Motherfucking Helm–left and some folks like, oh, Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson, joined up.

When they left Hawkins, they became…yes… The Band!

Our Encounter with a Public Servant

We were waited on by Sharon Barksdale.

“You ever see The Wire?”

“Folks ask me that all the time.”

“It’s good.”

“Yeah, I like it.  People are always asking me if I’m related.”

“Don’t you just want to be like ‘It’s a tv show.  It’s not real.’?”

“No way.  Since that show came on the air, I’m the one person here who never gets any trouble.”

I Just Woke Up, but I’m Feeling Good

My feel good Friday is complicated a little by the douchiness of some record company somewhere, but what can you do?  I’ll just say up front that I prefer the CCR version of this song, but the cymbal in Hawkin’s version is so amazing that it’s almost a song all by itself.

So here’s the video, with no sound (click on through to see the poster’s take on it):

And here’s the song.  Tell me if that’s not the greatest cymbal you’ve ever heard?