Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I Am Old But I Can Grow New Things

I got this card in the mail today and it made me smile so big, I had to share it.
(Thank-you, Lulumarie! And for the other sweetnesses as well but mostly for you.)

It's been a good day of self-nurturing for me and when I say self-nurturing I do not mean bubble baths or manicures but instead, the walk, much digging in the dirt, a nap, some reading. Quiet.

I can't seem to get enough of being outside and working these days. Not just in the garden but clearing border grass which is as hard a chore as I know, moving plants about to be in better spots for their needs, transplanting baby phlox, watering and digging and weeding and patting and smoothing the earth. I also replanted okra. I think that the last seeds I planted were old and only a few came up. I picked beans and dug potatoes for our supper.

As I dug in the border grass around the hydrangea, Miss Buttercup came up to look for whatever bugs I had uncovered and I laughed as I watched her try to figure out how to eat a worm that was at least four inches long. She gave up and the worm wiggled away under some leaf mould.

Yes. This was exactly the day I needed. On my knees with sweat literally rolling off me in huge drops to fall on the ground where I was working. It is cleansing, it is purifying, it is ridiculously satisfying and enjoyable to me. To plant, to tend, to see growth- this makes me happy.

Well, time to go cook the supper. I am the Chicken Woman and I am good at one thing and that thing is not drywall. It is getting dirty. And now I've had a shower and my own chickens are ready to be let into the coop for their own supper before bedding down.

I give great thanks for this good day.

Love...Ms. Moon


  1. That card cracked me up :)

    Yay for good days, doing what we're good at. Your vegs look excellent.

  2. That is a fine card. If I'd had my camera with me at the car wash today, I'd have taken a picture of the very handsome large rooster who apparently lives there now. I'm not sure if he's a mascot or what, but there he stands, bold and nonchalant in the driveway, blocking the cars until one of the employees tells him to move. Definitely adds charm.

  3. I don't know what to say about that card. Weird and wacky and wonderful?

  4. I had to look up drywall. It was what I thought it would be. I always think I have this English thing sussed and then I come here and have to look up a word. I love it.

    I know I love digging in the dirt, but I can't bring myself to do it. It's the frogs, and the spiders, and the worms and the snails - not even oak snakes - that scare me off. Oh, and my laziness. But I should. I should. It's good for the soul, as you show.

  5. Your home grown veg looks so good!!x

  6. We are in the same "must be outdoors" space indeed. I can't get enough of it. So I resent the 9 hours a day I must spend locked up inside. I tell myself it's ok, that it supports me so that I can spend the other hours outside. Sometimes that's enough. That and dreaming a different reality.

    Spring is so seductive hereabouts.

  7. Those beans?! My mouth is watering.

  8. That DOES sound like a good, rewarding day. Love the card!

  9. Okay, chicken lady, you are good at soooo many things, and the only reason you're not good at drywall is because you don't care about drywall.

    (I secretly wish I were good at drywall. I will be a carpenter or a house painter in my next life.)

  10. Those green beans and potatoes look scrumptious. You are good at many things!


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