My back yard, Chatham County, Georgia. Fig tree in winter. Foggy day. Live oak background. Sago palm lower left. Windmill palms lower center and right. Spanish moss on live oak, Georgia’s state tree. kco122716
From my journal, ten years ago today,Wednesday, December 27, 2006
(Why every would-be communicator should vent on paper)
God: I sure would love a piece of apple pie along about now.
Eve: What’s apple pie?
God: Boy, are you dumb. Apple pie is what you do if you want to earn your keep in the Garden of Eden. This place requires upkeep, or haven’t you noticed?
Eve: Okay. I’m game. Tell me what to do, and I’ll try to do it.
God: Attagirl. Now, go pick a bunch of apples.
Eve: Oh, no you don’t. I’m not falling for that trick again. Picking those apples got Adam and me in a heap of trouble, remember?
God: That was because I told you not to pick the apples. Now, I’m telling you to pick some apples. Times have changed. Trust me. I know what I’m doing.
Eve: Well, OK, if you say so.
Eve picks some apples and follows directions for making apple pie. First, she has to invent knives, baking pans, flour, sugar, an oven, and the other tools of apple pie construction. God looks on, giving helpful advice. Adam has invented television and is busy watching sports.
Eve: What spices should I use?
God cogitates. God: I like sage.
Eve: OK. Which one of these plants is sage?
God: It’s over there. No, not there. Over there. Another step. OK. Now lean over. Now touch it. No! Not that one. That’s the poison ivy.
Eve: What’s poison ivy?
God: You’ll see. Just don’t scratch your hand.
Eve starts to itch. She tries not to scratch. The itch gets worse.
Eve: Why not?
God: Just don’t.
Eve: I thought I was supposed to have free will.
God: Fine. Disobey me and see what happens.
Eve: Got a better idea?
God: Wash it off.
Eve: With what?
God: Soap. Calamine lotion.
Eve: What are they?
God: You have to invent them.
Eve: But my hand is itching now.
*Sage, a perennial, by itself and with other herbs, here monitored by the Squire-wire, aka S. Squire Rooster, Attorney for the Law of the Land . Herbs pictured here, clockwise from lower left: chives (perennial), sage, parsley (biennial), basil and purple basil (annual). Stevia, a perennial, is on edge of deck, flanked by milo plants (look like corn), grown wild from spilled chicken food. Chickens love the green milo seeds. Stevia, the natural sweetener now approved by the FDA for inclusion in soft drinks like Coca-cola and Pepsi, is easy easy easy to grow. I combine stevia with chocolate mint and dry them together for great winter tea. In the summer they make delicious iced tea, with no calories or caffeine. kco122716