Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Nature Volunteers a Surprise

Undoubtedly I've mentioned this before:  I live in the County.  Not the "country" but the County--in other words, an unincorporated area outside of any town.  That means that there are no city services:  no water, no sewage, no garbage collection. 

My place has its own well and septic tank.  And I've arranged with my neighbor to take my trash to the landfill when he carries his. 

But sometimes, unavoidably, many weeks can pass by in between trash pick-ups and that means that the trash barrels have the potential to get really embarrassingly gross.  That is why, sometimes, I chuck kitty litter and old leftovers and vegetable cut-aways into a small wooded area.  It's not the most attractive option but it's not bad for the environment either.  All you can do is the best you can.

Last night at dusk, I went out to dump the litter box at the edge of the tree-line.  That's when I noticed something bright red where nothing bright red should be.  It was a small red bell pepper.  Impossible.  I haven't thrown any whole red bell peppers out there.  I looked closer and realized that it wasn't a throw-away; it was growing! 

There have been other volunteer plants here from time to time--tomatoes have an occasional habit of popping up in the vicinity of the leeching field for the septic and once a completely inexplicable honeydew melon sprung up in the backyard.  This is the first time I've found a volunteer pepper, though.  I don't know how I missed seeing it from the kitchen window or how another neighbor missed running it over when she mowed the grass.

I've heard it said that Nature speaks in small miracles.  Yes, I'd say that's true, and I'd also say that Nature sends smiles in the shape of a small red bell pepper.

Life is good.


  1. Hello, I found you via RootSimple. LOVE your blog....I have spent many an hour since finding you reading your blog. I find your writing and idea(l)s refreshing and comforting.
    I had a dilemma over the cat liter thing and in some blog somewhere I read about using chicken feed for litter and I tried it and the cats dont mind it and it is reasonable in price for me and I dont feel so guilty because I can compost it (I do so separately from my regular compost).
    I get mine at Big R and its called Chicken Crumble - 50lbs for 10.49 (per website but the last few times I have purchased it was 9.49).
    so nice to meet you and thank you so much for sharing your world!

  2. Thank you so very much--both for your kind words (which mean more than I can say) and for your excellent idea! I will follow up on finding out more about the Chicken Crumble. I buy old-fashioned clay litter--it doesn't degrade well but I figure that it's still heaps better than the nasty chemical clumping stuff. I am not happy about using cat litter but Daisy cannot go outside (she is too old now and has never been quite right in the head, silly cat) so it is been a matter of needs must. Again thanks--one of the best things in the world is being encouraged; that really does make life good!