i’ve been too distracted to keep the tulips watered and fed. it was a distraction of my own making. after fourteen years of living in our house, it took shelter-in-place to clear my schedule enough that i could finally clean up the maniacally invasive european buckthorn from our two acres of woods.. i’ve been quite happy out among the trees for several days–ignoring the news, working up a sweat, and pushing myself to the point of pleasant exhaustion. i recognize the behavior. they say your happiest moments as an adult are when you are doing things you dreamed about when you were in grade school. all i wanted to do then, too, was go play in the woods.