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I got some pictures yesterday of my little gardening buddy! Now, when we move, at least I’ll have pictures. lol Yay!

They’re listed as minor crop pests, but I’ve never had any trouble with my little friend. Although, maybe he was the one stealing my strawberries and wild blackberries… That’s ok, though, I don’t mind sharing. According to my mammal guide book (same info as the website I linked above) there can be as many as 20 of them in an acre, so I might have more than one little gardening buddy, but I’ve only ever seen one at a time.

 

My gardening buddy

 

My gardening buddy

 

My gardening buddy

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The World tarot card – Tarot of the Witches deck

 

Drawing this card means you have successfully completed your goal. You will now reap the rewards that come from hard work. You have triumphed in your undertakings and are fulfilled. The final goal that all other cards have been leading up to. This card is generally a favorable card, especially when all the other cards drawn with it are favorable.

The reverse of this card is what one would expect based on the upright meaning: imperfection, failure to complete your task, disappointment, lack of vision.

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My husband and I have just put our house up for sale. We’d been thinking for a long time that we would like to move back to his hometown, a place we have both lived and that we both love. My mother recently moved there (finally) after having had a stroke two years ago. She used to live across the country from me and it was difficult for me to go see her and help her. Now that she has moved, even though I’m now only half an hour away, we’re hoping to move into the same town. My husband’s parents also still live in his hometown, so it’s a win for everyone. This post isn’t really about that, though. It’s about my plants.

For those of you that follow this blog, you know that the plants in my gardens are very important to me. With this prospect of selling the house and moving, I now have the unfortunate circumstance of leaving these plants behind. I thought about digging up the yarrow and the lavender, the bloodroot and the wormwood, the mullein and the willow tree my husband gave me for a wedding anniversary. Ridiculous (especially with regards to the young willow tree). While I’m going to miss these lovely friends, they are all growing so happily in the places they are. Each spot was picked for them for their best growth, so who am I to rip them up and pot them and cart them off to an unknown future? We don’t plan on buying another house, but renting an apartment, instead, so I won’t even have a yard to plant them in. While, yes, I could keep them in pots, who’s to say they would thrive and grow? I might not have the right angle of sun depending on where my windows face. They would be deprived of wriggling their roots in the deep soil of the earth. So, I’ve decided that I can’t in good conscience dig all of my flora friends up and move them with me.

There’s also my little thirteen line ground squirrel friend. He has lived with our yard as part of his territory almost as long as we have lived here. He hangs out under our front porch and sits in the front garden and watches me. He even enjoyed me squirting him with water when the days were really hot in the summer. I’m going to miss having a little gardening buddy and, being the worrywort that I am, I hope he stays safe and has a good life.

I’ll miss them, but we’ll always be connected through the earth.

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