The Great Blue Heron came today. He flew in from the West through the low mist and barren trees. He looked like a Pterodactyl on his approach and at first I mistook him for a Vulture. That was my observation on this early dawn, freshly out of bed, with the pulsing pop of the Percolator in my immediate ear-shot. There was ice inside the windows of my bed room, so thick I couldn’t see outside, normally a clear view of the little creek and forest beyond is visible. I arose earlier than usual because of the cold and got to see the Great Blue Heron and his prehistoric Stork stance. I last saw him creeping down the creek, looking for fishes as the sun-warmed thicket began to steam. There was still snow in the woods behind the creek, ascending the Hillock which is there, of which I am speaking. The snowy remnants of a dusting on Wednesday night. That night I went out into the snow, for my favorite time is when it’s falling (for snow, that is). I sat in my tiny Hut on the section of completed wood flooring, next to a tiny heater, trying to get warm. There is a broken window high up in the right-hand corner, where the ladder fell on Sunday as I was screwing in a board below that same window. It’s a big, jagged crack with some missing pieces. I keep reminding myself not to sit below it. I need to take out the remaining shards of glass that still dangle there like a translucent sunburst
Before me on my cluttered desktop is a spotted banana, freckled with brown, changing color as I type this, soon the freckles will be yellow. If I don’t eat it before long, the Fruit Flies will carry it off. Having just observed this scenario, I am reminded of the oft considered sentence, “Time flies like an arrow; Fruit flies like a banana”, which I googled and found out from Wikipedia that it is a “garden-path sentence”, which I did not know but because of the number of times I have run this set of words through my mind, it does make sense. Further into Wikipedia, I found out that “A garden path sentence is a grammatically correct sentence that starts in such a way that the reader’s most likely interpretation will be incorrect.” I also discovered, just now, that this blog entry is an example of a grouping of Tangential Asides, some of which, are among my favorite types of things. Au revoir, mes amis!