Monday, February 28, 2011

Flame Sunflower

Flame Sunflower by Nancy Medina

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Flame is the newest small sunflower blooming in Flower Mound Studio today, another in the series of red sunflowers. As long as these petals stay perky, the celebration continues!

When I got home from work today, I saw flames shooting up from the ground on the other side of the neighbor's fence behind us. I ran out immediately to see if there was an uncontrolled fire, since we live in the city limits. Texas is under fire warnings right now, and I was afraid of what could happen if a small fire got out of control. I saw the neighbor through the fence wearing a red jacket and standing near the fire and I yelled, "hello!" He ignored me. I yelled "hello!!! are you there?" again. He was standing less than five feet from me. This time he said "yes," rather gruffly. I said, "I saw a fire so I wanted to just check and see, are you burning something?" I could see he was burning a pile of leaves on the ground a few inches from our back fence. We've never formally met the neighbors who live behind us, they stay to themselves. Our neighborhood is pretty friendly, so they are a bit unusual for our area. When he seemed to have nothing else to say to me, I went back in the house.

A minute later, my phone started ringing, a friend who lives next door called, concerned about the smoke. A few minutes later, the firetrucks and police showed up, and they helped him put out the fire. I sure hope he doesn't think I called the police on him. Mostly I hope he doesn't take it out on my puggies, who have the run of the yard through their doggy door when we're home. This all seems like how one of those awful movie scenes get started where neighbors start shooting at one another. Holy cow!
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