Miss Peanut had a sweet send-off last night. John and Susanne came by to see my garden and deliver some artichoke pulp she had cooked for me (we’re working together on making paper out of it). Upon hearing of Miss Peanut’s burial earlier that day, Susanne suggested that John sing a sad song. Without hesitation, he stepped up to her grave and sang in a sweet clear voice:

From, this valley they say you are going;
We will miss your bright eyes and sweet smile,
For they say you are taking the sunshine,
Which has brightened our pathway a while.

Come and sit by my side if you love me,
Do not hasten to bid me adieu,
But remember the Red River Valley
And the girl that has loved you so true.

Just lovely. I am so lucky to have such good friends. Thank you all for your kindness over the past year. You have made my losses bearable.