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Dragonfly Days

Posted Saturday, August 20, 2011, at 4:38 PM

Since I've been unsuccessful in capturing dragonflies on film, I'll post a summertime photo of my new hand-painted gourd wren house. I bought two of these at the Yoder Mennonite greenhouse in Aquilla, when my friend and I stopped for baked goods this morning. My border collie Sassy plays with a toy down by the pond.
Oh, to be in Missouri on a cool August morning!

I have to admit that I love these late summer days. I open the windows to catch a pleasantly warm breeze. The gentle buzz of the cicadas makes me drowsy, and there's no rush, so if I choose to doze off into a nap, it's okay. My stomach is full of homemade Mennonite apple cinnamon rolls.

This time of year, I love to watch the gold-winged dragonflies, as their wings shimmer in the sunlight. I could sit on my front porch and watch them for hours, as they glitter over the fields down the hillside by my old goat houses. I feel myself unwind from the urgent issues of the week, listening to the bamboo wind chimes and watching my dogs stretched out in the sunshine.

Soon enough, it'll be wintertime again. I'll have to look under the tarps and count my firewood, stacked up between the trees. It usually takes five ranks to get me through the winter.

I'll have to get out the wire brush and the paint to repair some window frames before the winter rains rot out the wood, and I should put another coat of stain on the porch and deck.

The sun has finally gotten the best of the tomato plants, so we've harvested the green tomatoes to fry up for supper tonight.

The temperature will probably reach 88 degrees this afternoon, not bad at all...

Life is good.... Enjoy the last drops of summer wine...

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Thanks for the phone call, gdh1958. My husband's uncle must have owned the Aquilla service station some time before your father. I remember seeing the station at some point in the dim past--must have been in the 60's.

-- Posted by Madeline1 on Tue, Aug 23, 2011, at 4:40 AM

Yeah, Dexterite, you just be sure you slow down, because I guarantee you that they'll catch you, if you don't!

Which service station, ghd1958? My husband's uncle owned one in Aquilla back in the years when service stations really gave "service"! It later burned and now there's some sort of tire "store" there. I put "store" in quotation marks, because there is no building--just a HUGE pile of tires! Someone IS selling them, however....

-- Posted by Madeline1 on Mon, Aug 22, 2011, at 1:02 PM

Aquilla is now one of my favorite places. The Mennonite produce stand, the Boat House and Wine Co, Strauser Feed Store (honeybuns only 25 cents) and 45 mph speed limit makes for an enjoyable ride through town.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Mon, Aug 22, 2011, at 6:05 AM

Grew East of Bloomfield in 1975 my parents purchased the service station at Aquilla. I later moved to NW Oklahoma. What ever topic you pick to write about I very much enjoy reading,God gives us many talents. I think yours is writing.

-- Posted by gdh1958 on Sun, Aug 21, 2011, at 11:10 PM

kkcaver, you are a POET at heart! Thanks for the early morning cheer!

We are now entering that time of year when I am so happy to live in this part of the country. The summers can be so miserable and the winters oppressive, but spring and fall make up for it all!

-- Posted by goat lady on Sun, Aug 21, 2011, at 7:24 AM

Our pleasure reaches to the edges of memory,

those mornings on the ridge, among the hickory,

bringing notions of naps on the porch swing,

listening to the birds of late summer, singing,

among the trees of our surroundings, while

loving those days, through which we have passed, on these hills, riding down those gravel roads of our yesteryears, and for all our days, loving that time we had at home, Stoddard County on my mind.......(c) 8/20/2011 KKR

-- Posted by kkcaver47 on Sat, Aug 20, 2011, at 9:15 PM

My favorite time of the year. The lawn doesn't need mowing as often, days finally become cooler, leaves begin to change color, and my favorite food turnips can be planted.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Sat, Aug 20, 2011, at 5:18 PM

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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at advancensc@sbcglobal.net.
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