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I saw him from the window. I should not have opened the door. There he stood. He was not shaken in my presence. He stood his ground. He had large ears and scrawny legs. He said his name was Peter. We had a moment.
I saw him from the window. I should not have opened the door. There he stood. He was not shaken in my presence. He stood his ground. He had large ears and scrawny legs. He said his name was Peter. We had a moment.
 
The dawn on Sunday, proclaimed the new day in a whisper.
The dawn on Sunday, proclaimed the new day in a whisper.
 
Most of my regular readers know that I almost sold the rabbitpatch, not once, but twice in the last two years.
Most of my regular readers know that I almost sold the rabbitpatch, not once, but twice in the last two years.
 
The very next day, after Miss J, accepted my offer - her real estate agent called me.
The very next day, after Miss J, accepted my offer - her real estate agent called me.
 
Back at the rabbitpatch, all was well. The boxer did his "homecoming dance" and Christopher Robin "sang for his supper" as he always does, the minute I arrive.
Back at the rabbitpatch, all was well. The boxer did his "homecoming dance" and Christopher Robin "sang for his supper" as he always does, the minute I arrive.
 
At this chaotic and fearful time, when things seem "up in the air" . . . spring came early, like an old friend showing up in the "nick of time."
At this chaotic and fearful time, when things seem "up in the air" . . . spring came early, like an old friend showing up in the "nick of time."
 
It is early morning now and pitch dark at the rabbitpatch. I seldom let an opportunity to complain about "changing the clocks" go by.
It is early morning now and pitch dark at the rabbitpatch. I seldom let an opportunity to complain about "changing the clocks" go by.
 
For the first weekend in a while, I am at the rabbitpatch. We have big plans for Sunday -Daddys' -eighty fifth birthday party.
For the first weekend in a while, I am at the rabbitpatch. We have big plans for Sunday -Daddys' -eighty fifth birthday party.
 
There is snow on the daffodils at the rabbitpatch
There is snow on the daffodils at the rabbitpatch
 
I used to have a lot of animals, here at the rabbitpatch. I had a miniature horse, miniature goats, chickens, doves, that came and went as they pleased and a lot of rabbits.
I used to have a lot of animals, here at the rabbitpatch. I had a miniature horse, miniature goats, chickens, doves, that came and went as they pleased and a lot of rabbits.
 
Saturday was the day of Mamas' birthday gathering. Her birthday is on Tuesday, but it is much easier to gather on a weekend.
Saturday was the day of Mamas' birthday gathering. Her birthday is on Tuesday, but it is much easier to gather on a weekend.
 
After a lovely weekend in Elizabeth City, some sort of plague has set in, disturbing the peace of the rabbitpatch.
After a lovely weekend in Elizabeth City, some sort of plague has set in, disturbing the peace of the rabbitpatch.
 
This makes two weekends in a row that I am at the rabbitpatch!
This makes two weekends in a row that I am at the rabbitpatch!
 
I am at the rabbitpatch this weekend. It has been a long time since I have said that.
I am at the rabbitpatch this weekend. It has been a long time since I have said that.
 
It is January, but the windows are up at the rabbitpatch.
It is January, but the windows are up at the rabbitpatch.
 
The new year is almost "old news" now. Parties have ceased and supper has resumed in routine to ordinary food in ordinary dishes.
The new year is almost "old news" now. Parties have ceased and supper has resumed in routine to ordinary food in ordinary dishes.
 
The days after the gathering on Monday, have been very quiet. I woke early on Christmas morning and sat while light came to the rabbitpatch.
The days after the gathering on Monday, have been very quiet. I woke early on Christmas morning and sat while light came to the rabbitpatch.
 
School is officially out . . . not just for me-but for everyone now.
School is officially out . . . not just for me-but for everyone now.
 
The Christmas gathering that happened yesterday is over now-and another happy memory.
The Christmas gathering that happened yesterday is over now-and another happy memory.
 
I did as I said I would . . . and went to bed earlier than usual on Sunday.
I did as I said I would . . . and went to bed earlier than usual on Sunday.
 
Now, it is winter. It matters little to me what the calendar declares, for I know winter when I see it.
Now, it is winter. It matters little to me what the calendar declares, for I know winter when I see it.
 
Let me declare, right now, that this may be one of the loveliest autumns, the south has ever seen.
Let me declare, right now, that this may be one of the loveliest autumns, the south has ever seen.
 
Here it is, just days before one of my favorite holidays . . .Thanksgiving. I love the prelude to holidays.
Here it is, just days before one of my favorite holidays . . .Thanksgiving. I love the prelude to holidays.
 
A cold rain has been falling for days. One night, there was a slight chance of snow and you know I had my heart set on it-but nary a flake fell at the rabbitpatch.
A cold rain has been falling for days. One night, there was a slight chance of snow and you know I had my heart set on it-but nary a flake fell at the rabbitpatch.
 
On Friday, just after school, my friend Sara and I headed north to see our grandchildren.
On Friday, just after school, my friend Sara and I headed north to see our grandchildren.
 
For now the woodlands are tinged with shades of gold and crimson ... and the sprawling fields are warm shades of russet and ginger.
For now the woodlands are tinged with shades of gold and crimson ... and the sprawling fields are warm shades of russet and ginger.
 
A lot happened on Saturday at the rabbitpatch. First of all, there was not a single branch left on the territory, by the time the sun set.
A lot happened on Saturday at the rabbitpatch. First of all, there was not a single branch left on the territory, by the time the sun set.
 
A light rain was falling on Wednesday, in the hours before light. It did not come as a surprise, for I had heard the forecast.
A light rain was falling on Wednesday, in the hours before light. It did not come as a surprise, for I had heard the forecast.
 
My last entry was about the beauty of "ordinary" - simplistic greatness, to me.
My last entry was about the beauty of "ordinary" - simplistic greatness, to me.
 
Suddenly it is October! I know because the mailbox was stacked full of bills.
Suddenly it is October! I know because the mailbox was stacked full of bills.
 
After the glory of last weekend, this week passed like a slow moving train, carrying me further and further away from one of the happiest times of my life.
After the glory of last weekend, this week passed like a slow moving train, carrying me further and further away from one of the happiest times of my life.
 
This was no ordinary weekend.
This was no ordinary weekend.
 
Things have not settled down at the rabbitpatch, since Sunday.
Things have not settled down at the rabbitpatch, since Sunday.
 
We all got the phone call, we have been waiting for, on Sunday morning.
We all got the phone call, we have been waiting for, on Sunday morning.
 
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