Jeff O'Handley, Author

Jeff O'Handley

The Doubting Writer Finds His Voice

And Again…The Chestnut

Here in this corner of America, Memorial Day marks the start of summer, Labor Day the end. Yet Columbus Day is, in many ways, the real end of the tourist season (though to be fair, fall foliage is just peaking now, and then there’s hunting season–but neither of those things really do a lot compared to the summer). With that in mind (and because, quite honestly, I just didn’t have the brain power for a *real* post today), I bring you…the chestnut.

Four leaves this year!

Well, as you can see, this wasn’t exactly a banner growing season for my little American chestnut. This was the last photo I posted, back in May, when it was just starting to bud. This is not a great picture, granted. The new main stem did not put a lot of growth on this year; perhaps an inch, if that. From what I understand, however, this may be the year. The little tree should have been putting most of its energy into the root system. Next year is the critical one. Next year, if all goes well, the energy put into the roots this year (and last, to some extent), should fuel a pretty big growth spurt. Let’s hope so.

In other news, I’m happy to say I spent my Columbus Day doing a lot of writing, probably close to 5 hours total time between this morning and early afternoon. Sadly, I spent some time listening to the Bruins’ game this afternoon, and that was a mistake. It’s early in the season, but things are looking mighty grim for them right now. After the front office made some head-scratching moves this summer that left the team with questionable depth, especially on defense, the team got hit with three big injuries right out of the gate. I shall try not to be pessimistic.

I hope you all had a nice weekend! Anything interesting happen?

6 Responses

  1. Ahhh yeah, turning on a game. Yep, big mistake. I always thought I could write when I had the TV tuned to the Reds game. I only had it on to catch the score. At least, that's what I told my hubby. Instead, I would watch the whole thing. So glad there weren't a lot of day games! 🙂

    My weekend was kind of quiet. Watched lots of hockey and football!

  2. -Stacy–twice now I've turned on the Bruins and had their opponents score within about two minutes of me listening in–I'm starting to think it's me!
    -Donna–thanks, I'm glad you enjoy the updates!

  3. I hope your little tree gets its root system going and surprises everyone next year! "… the front office made some head-scratching moves" – LOL! What a funny way to put it. I know a lot of people who make head-scratching moves. It's always such a pleasure to read your posts, both the serious and the funny ones! 🙂

  4. -Lexa–in hindsight, maybe it should be "head scratchER" moves, since the moves don't actually scratch anyone's heads! And thank you for saying so, I appreciate it!
    -Bonnee–thanks, and nice to see you back on the blogging circuit!

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