Let someone else clean the gutters

Published 10:51 am Thursday, April 21, 2022

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Maybe in the next life we’ll meet each other for the first time—believing in everything but the harm we’re capable of. Maybe we’ll be the opposite of buffaloes. We’ll grow wings and spill over the cliff as a generation of monarchs, heading home.” ~ Ocean Vuong, “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous”

Three years ago, I decided it was time to quit climbing out a second-story window to clean gutters—“started thinking of rolling off the roof and breaking things–including me!” I told a friend this past weekend. 

Another year flies by, and I’ll be celebrating another trip around the sun by the time you read this. 

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At this point, it’s just good to still be here, pick a few violets, watch butterflies, and have enough brain cells left to know it’s time to keep off roofs. Let some rubber-band-jointed daredevil at it. The weed-eater seems to get heavier every spring, but I’ll keep rolling with it—it’s much closer to the ground!  

Life’s a bowl of cherries when your toes sink into sweet spring grass once again. No more gutter cleaning, but never-ever give up  tiptoeing through the tulips. Unless the bees get there first. 

Saluda’s Mountain Page Theater news: Friday night poetry readings begin monthly starting April 22. Visit their website at www.mountainpagetheater.com 

Saluda Winter Market is at Saluda Center, 64 Greenville Street from 9-12 on April 23. 

Pot luck/bingo night at Saluda Center, 64 Greenville Street, is April 25, 6 p.m.


Saluda Community Land Trust (SCLT) keeps active with land conservation, trails, projects and more: visit saludaclt.org or call 828-749-1560 for information. You can support SCLT with donations, volunteering, and through Amazon Smile. Contact “Trail Boss” Chuck Hearon at chearon1942@gmail.com about ideas or willingness to lead a hike, or helping clear trails. The next Walk in the Woods is  May 1 for the Pacolet River Wildflower Walk. Meet at Saluda Library’s parking lot of Saluda Library at 2 p.m. to carpool. A SCLT member will keep hikers aware of the terrain of the trail and share insights about  history, flora, and fauna. Mark your calendar for SCLT’s annual meeting on May 18 6-8 p.m. at Lola’s Celebration Venue at Thompson’s Store on Main Street. Event will be outside behind store if weather is good, or inside upstairs if not. A light meal will be provided while projects/progress on SCLT’s many endeavors are discussed. 

Saluda Pop-Up Pantry is Tuesday from 1-6 at Saluda Presbyterian Church, 54 Carolina Avenue (behind Saluda Library). To volunteer at the Pantry, call Saluda Church of the Transfiguration, 828-749-9740. You can mail tax-deductible donations to Saluda Pop-Up Pantry, P.O. Box 428, Saluda, NC 28773 or donate online at www.saludapantrycom  

Saluda Living in Place (SLIP), a non-profit organization to help seniors age in place, and can help those 60+ in the greater Saluda community with home safety  and more. SLIP (website www.slipnc.org) can be contacted at (828) 749-0049. 

The 17th Saluda Arts Festival is May 21 from 10-4; volunteers are needed to work shifts. If interested, contact Linda Bailey at boblindabailey@hotmail.com

Saluda Happenings: Good news—May openings ahead! Ward’s Grill is reopening May 3 with all the old favorites on the menu. Saluda Moon Glass is moving from the Chicken House to the Depot courtyard with an opening planned in May. The Wood Berry art gallery is opening on Main Street; The Spot, featuring tacos and margaritas, is a new venture by the Purple Onion folks, located in the old Whistlestop building across from the post office. 

Happy April Birthday to: Melody Gibson, Dave Prudhomme, Kaye Vazquez, Cindy Keeter, Hope Pace, Diane Pace, Greaton Sellers, Clay Arrington, Bonnie Bardos, Luther Connor, Gary Pace, Doug Honeycutt, Niece Lundgren, Julie Roy, Rhonda Corley, Taylor Thompson, Loretta Cook, Hilda Pace, Elizabeth Taylor, Laura Morgan, Roberta Cart, Joan Beddingfield, Anne Lee, and Mabel Pace. 

Feel free to contact me at bbardos@gmail.com, (828) 817-6765, P.O. Box 331, Saluda, NC 28773, Facebook, or visit bonniebardos.com