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I love compost. I love the concept of making something from nothing, creating value from waste. It speaks to the frugal parts of me as well as to my environmental leanings. This weekend we looked at the yard blanketed with the first round of leaves and knew it was time to start mowing and bagging—and in the process, accumulating next year’s compost.
No easy task this year. My husband, Dave, snapped his Achilles tendon in mid-August, and has been down and out for… Continue
Today I noticed that somebody named Melanie wrote in the guest book that I keep in my U-Pick shed. “Forget Disneyland,” she wrote. “This is the happiest place on Earth.”
On Earth? I was stunned. And grateful. Of course, for me, the Upick IS the happiest place on earth. And I needed to be reminded of that, and realized for about the millionth time how easily we take for granted the best parts of our life when things aren’t going so well in other parts of it. This is a lesson… Continue
Today I took a bouquet of flowers to work with me. Normally, I don’t pick bouquets for myself. With my weekly subscription service, I have so many bouquets to make each week that at the end of a long day, the thought of making one more just doesn’t cut it. But with things slowing down, I found the time last night to wander through the garden and clip a fistful of bright blooms for myself. It’s a well-known fact that having flowers around is good for one’s mental health. After this… Continue
Yesterday I was clipping spent sunflower heads and lining them face up around the edge of my circle garden. Some of the larger heads contain at least 100 glossy, black sunflower seeds. I leave the drying heads in the garden over the winter for the chickadees, who flit in and out, plucking the seeds from their husks. Some seeds will drop into the soil and magically appear as "volunteers" next spring in the form of seedlings, saving me the expense of buying new seeds.
Could be that the dogs are barking as someone from the Conservancy may be out today to walk the property (in snow shoes, perhaps), or the kids are getting back from play practice~ Either way, looking out at the cold March day and seeing the flowers above puts a warm spin on things :))
I was intrigued with many aspects of this. I love reading about your
practical passion for something so elementary as "yeech yuck ewww"
compost. I also enjoyed learning of your practical procedural process
engaged to gather the leaves. And for a task which most people hate you
have written excitement of seeing them fall, knowing of their next
value to you, and to the earth. It's almost like you and Dave look at
each other with a giggly conspirator's eye similar to how children are
when enough snow falls to get out there and play and create in it. The
bribe is wonderful too. Injects that sweet human nature side.
But again, your final line grabbed me. The instant I read it I smiled
with the visual of planting yourself to make more of you. And I thought
it a wonderful solution to all those people who wished there was 'more
of them' to go around.