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Oh, the things we do

Posted Thursday, July 1, 2010, at 8:57 AM

We humans do some of the funniest, or strangest things if you stop to think about it. For instance, I was working in our yard recently when I noticed there was quite a lot of grass in my rose garden, so I went to the shed to get a hoe. For you young people who may not know what that is, it is a tool for chopping grass. Every time I do this I think about the 'chopping cotton days'. That was when we actually went to cotton fields and chopped the grass away from the cotton. Gosh, some of those rows were

long. But that was a long time ago.

After I had been chopping away at the grass for several minutes, I looked over and saw my husband. After another bout in the hospital recently, he was supposed to be in the house. But, here he was outside throwing grass seed in an area where he recently had extra dirt brought in. Of course his goal is to get grass to grow on thisbare dirt.

After inquiring why he was outside and what was he doing, I continued my grass chopping. Shortly, I stopped chopping and leaned on my hoe and watched him. By now you know how my mind works. Well, I started thinking, "Something just isn't right about this scene!"

Here I am sweating, working on a good start of blisters on my hands, trying to do away with all this grass, and here he is throwing out grass seed to grow more grass! Well, I just shook my head and kept on chopping.

Later that evening I was watering parts of our yard where the grass is dying for lack of rain. Now I start thinking again! "Here I am watering the grass to make it grow, creating a larger water bill and this weekend someone is going to have to take their time to mow this same grass to get rid of it!" What are we people thinking?

When we lived in Alabama the kudzu vine was everywhere. If you know anything about it you know that it will cover everything in its path. You sure wouldn't want to take a slow stroll near it or you may never be seen or heard from again. I used to think I would like to start a kudzu park. Design metal animals of all kinds and let the kudzu grow on it and call it my 'kud-zoo'.

I didn't know there was any near us until our neighbor, Harry Bennett, found some behind our homes. I woke up one morning this week to find him burning something and learned it was kudzu! Now here I try to find a use for it and Harry is trying to rid us of it. I think he has a better idea since I do know its habits. Way to go, Harry!

See ya next time in the Korner. Thanks for all your e-mails and phone calls and stopping me when you see me to let me know you are enjoying Kathleen's Korner. That gives me the incentive to keep writing.


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Mz Kathleen, you spoke of long rows of cotton, my uncle once farmed the railroad right of ways and his rows were from Bragg City Mo to Hayti Mo, a total of some 10 miles. Speak of long rows, check that out sometimes and it was even more fun when cotton picking time came. Poor old mules had to pull the cotton trailer for miles.

Love the kudzu, take a trip along the Great River road from just east of the C'ville-Dyersburg bridge on Hwy 412 to Halls, Tennessee. A beautiful sight, well worth the trip.

Your Boat House friends.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Thu, Jul 1, 2010, at 1:05 PM

Kathleen, there certainly IS kudzu in Dexter! The largest and most visible infestation that I know of is at the intersection of Hiway 25 and --is that Old Business 60? -- across from Bud Shell. I did some research on it a while back.

See Madeline's blog archives - "The Vine that Ate the South."

I saw a recent story on KFVS about a goat project to eat the kudzu. It's very high in protein - very nutritious for goats and cattle.

-- Posted by goat lady on Thu, Jul 8, 2010, at 6:08 AM

Aaahh, so it WAS kudzu that I saw when I was up there last week. Goat Lady has found a proper use for it. Seems to me like it would be a very cheap food source for goats and cattle, if you could control its growth. I wonder if it could be baled like hay? Does it continue to grow during cold weather? Interesting..

-- Posted by BarbaraNTexas on Tue, Jul 13, 2010, at 5:34 PM

The first time I knew there was kudzu in Missouri was when we traveled back and forth from Alabama and Missouri. I can't remember exactly where, but after you crossed the bridges at Cairo, there was a spot of trees overgrown with it. It may have been done away with by now. I think I remember when we came home in the winter those trees were bare. But in the south because of the warm year round temperatures it stayed green pretty much all the time.I knew there was some in Missouri but didn't know it was right behind our home.

-- Posted by kd5475 on Fri, Jul 16, 2010, at 8:41 AM

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Kathleen is a resident of Dexter. She was born in Indiana, but her parents moved their family back to the Dexter area when she was three. Other than three years she and her husband, Collin, lived in St. Charles, Mo. and ten years in Birmingham, Alabama, she has spent her life in Dexter. As you can tell, Kathleen is a people person and believes in giving credit to whom credit is due. Thus, the reason for her hero/heroine column every other week in Kathleen's Korner. As you can tell, she also like to have fun, most of the time at her own expense. Kathleen (Grubbs) is a 1964 graduate of Dexter High School and invites her friends to her "Korner."
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