Peevish Pen

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Location: Rural Virginia, United States

I'm an elderly retired teacher who writes. Among my books are Ferradiddledumday (Appalachian version of the Rumpelstiltskin story), Stuck (middle grade paranormal novel), Patches on the Same Quilt (novel set in Franklin County, VA), Them That Go (an Appalachian novel), Miracle of the Concrete Jesus & Other Stories, and several Kindle ebooks.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

What Is This?

No, it's not a fungus.

No, it isn't Bigfoot's footprints.

No, it isn't an invasion of blobs from outer space.

Give up?

It's the foam left by the fertilizer truck. Today John had the hayfields fertilized. There was a bit left over, so he had the truck driver spread it on the yard. The foam blobs mark where the truck has been, and they soon vanish. I got home from Krogers (Senior Citizen's Day!) in time to see that the truck had been here.

Today was the perfect day to have fertilizer spread. The land was dry enough so the truck didn't bog down; tomorrow, heavy rain is predicted so the fertilizer will soak in and do its thing.

A fact of rural life: The price of fertilizer this year is almost twice what it was last year. My first brand-new car only cost $500 more than what John paid today for fertilizer. Cupcake's purchase price was one-tenth of what the fertilizer cost.



Blogger Debi Kelly Van Cleave said...

We're not fertilizing. Of course we need grass TO fertilize but that requires seeds. We're not doing that either this year. But YOUR grass looks good!

10:50 PM  
Blogger Amy Hanek said...

I just saw those same blobs on my neighbor's hayfield. Thanks for solving the riddle!

1:59 PM  
Blogger Amy Tate said...

We fertilized our yard the first year we moved in...and we'll never do it again. When you fertilize it, it grows and when it grows, you have to mow it!

3:44 PM  
Blogger CountryDew said...

We're not fertilizing our fields this year... price is too high. Besides, what is the point if it doesn't rain?

7:22 PM  

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