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Gardening in America

by Nancy Fletcher

The saying goes, “good fences make good neighbors.”  For all my life I've loved to find out what a saying really means.  For instance, the saying, “too many irons in the fire.”  My uncle told me that meant when a blacksmith shoed horses he put the metal shoes in the fire so he could beat them with a hammer in order for them to fit the horse properly. However, if he put too many of them in the fire he couldn't get around to all of them, thus the saying, “too many irons in the fire.”

Four of the brothers have made a life long business of stretching fences over miles of land in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.  Sometimes,  they had so much work to do there would be  crews working in three states. In fact one of the brothers had a terrible accident in his airplane while on a job supervising one of his crews. The jobs he had were spread apart and he needed an airplane to get from one to the other. Catching the wheel of a plane on a wire while flying low over a job nearly cost him his life.

Our measly efforts  to fence our one acre have been put off over and over because something else came up of more importance. When the next door neighbor moved a house on the land, he set it fairly close to our line. At the time something told me it was a wrong move but, oh well, one has no say over some matters. Sure enough, as we come up our necessarily curved drive at night, the lights catch the bedroom windows of their house. The other side of that house is where they store their boats, cars, trailer house, motor scooter cycle and other things so it is just easy for them to step out their door to bring their dogs out. This allows the dogs to run up to our property line. Red flag up, here go our dogs in a mad frenzy protecting, protecting. All of these little animals are just fur balls, just that.  They are little, bossy, yapping mutts. But, would you believe, their dogs are tiniest so naturally, this makes ours the villains.

For now, there is an understanding of the saying, “good fences make good neighbors!”  Peace reigns once again on the east eighty out of Ponca City, Oklahoma and it is wonderful. I highly recommend a board fence.

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