“What is over, I can never finish.
The angel of work is sweat.”
I pulled the hood of my sweatshirt over my head this morning when I took my coffee outside. It was cool on the west side, with the sun breaking on the trees across the creek valley, yet not clearing the eastern hill across the road. Taste the first bite of turning, with the temperature dipped into the 40’s. Feel the urge to buy a three-ring binder and a wooden ruler, dust off my field hockey stick for afternoon practice.
The rufous hummingbirds will migrate south. They are slight and coppery, deviling the year-round Anna’s hummingbird when they appear in the spring. I wonder at such a fragile creature flying thousands of miles, like Monarch butterflies traveling to Mexico. I wonder how they navigate the Siskiyou range to cross into California. They will disappear soon, suddenly, with the cooler weather, take flight and no longer duel the Anna’s for sugar water and flower nectar.
The basil bloomed and, finally, I couldn’t pinch fast enough to forestall it. I made pesto. Grinding the herb with garlic and pecans, cups of olive oil, I forego adding parmesan and stack the containers like firewood in the freezer. The cheese does not freeze well. It will be added later, in winter when I cook, when I’ve forgotten the scent of summer.
The cantaloupe is trellised. Mercy nibbles at the leaves while I water and eyes the melons. Soon.
The chimney is swept. No mummified squirrels were discovered, unlike in other years.
My contributor copies of Cutbank #88, University of Montana’s literary journal, arrived in the mail. I looked at the cover illustration of corn and lobster and thought it odd. Maybe it’s a crawdad, which makes more sense for a landlocked state, except the title of the image is “Beach Snack.”
The work of the summer season is ebbing, so the crowd at the Labor Day sale at the hardware store gathers up nails and paint, deck stain and waterproof tarps. We’re racing the rains now.
3 thoughts on “Practical Magic”
This piece makes me want to see your country for myself. Maybe someday soon. Until then, thanks for the descriptions.
Thanks for reading, Ray, I hope you do come visit soon.
Ha, I love your eye and depth of style. Thanks for stopping by my blog and glad to have discovered yours, some kindred spirits methinks! But you are more on it than me with the pesto for sure…like the image of stacking it like firewood, that’s spot on!