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Busy Hands

There’s a quotation attributed to Benjamin Franklin that I’d like to share, and it’s this:

“If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing.”

So I’ve been busy. 

I’ve been writing AND doing stuff. 

The alpaca have had their yearly haircuts months ago…I have more fiber than I can possibly spin into yarn and I HAVE been making hats, even through the summer heat. 

 

The weather will get cold again and I’ll be ready when it does. 

Vegetables were planted and we harvest something almost every day. What I’m MOST excited about are the jellies: Egarden has produced some fine mints and the blackberry patch has given fruit, so that I’ve made jellies eight or nine times (as of now).

Byron Herbert Reece said, “I am a farmer first and a writer second.” And I get it. I understand. My time is being well spent and I search for balance in creative living every single day. 

Some days produce more words than others, some days give more food or a handmade item, and I have been nourished– either way. 

Happy creating!

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Not too scary, anyway…

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We DID have at least one visitor to the garden..I can tell by a track left in the ground after the rain. I’m guessing it was a deer and perhaps it didn’t want to eat these greens, because they remained mostly untouched. Although it is past the end of the summer growing season, there are still a few reminders of warmer weather and summer veggies. This is a flower from an okra plant.

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I’ll gather firewood today. The weather reports a warning of colder conditions coming, and I can think of nothing better to do today than to sit by a cozy fire with a warm beverage, writing or drawing supplies close by, and to let my creative imagination SOAR!

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I wonder….if that little scarecrow DID scare something out of the garden or if it just found a warmer place to be?

Happy creating!

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Surprise, surprise!

Morning, Glory!

Morning, Glory!

There is something wonderful growing out in the experimental garden. Look! See for yourself!

Wire cages were carefully placed there in the early spring to protect my young greens from visiting rabbits. Tall wire supports were put beside those to support Cherokee Purple and heirloom tomatoes. Two varieties of eggplant and some herbs joined in this space, as did a colorful glass bottle tree for luck. Did I have a real PLAN for this area? Well, no. That was part of the fun and wild abandon with which I approached this area of my garden. I dug the holes for planting with the end of my walking stick–just to see what would happen. I covered the holes by scraping the dirt over the seeds with the toe of my boot. I had water containers available and hauled rainwater from the barrels when it got hot this summer. Sometimes. Admittedly, I wasn’t expecting much and purposely planted the remainder of those seeds in another location, where the trellises were intentionally built for the purpose of supporting vertical growth.

When that part of the garden had produced most of its bounty, and I got busy with other tasks, I didn’t visit that particular area as much as when it needed regular attention. Another part of the fun and challenge of the experimental garden was that I tried to embrace the method of weedless gardening, which works really well when you follow the theories and application. I did most of what I had read about, but still, felt guilty at not being there for a while.

Imagine my surprise when I discovered this wonderful show of flowers which have almost entirely covered the garden area. I’ll take it as a sign that nature truly does understand the characteristics of the creative spirit, which can grow and provide such peace and understanding when we most need it and least expect it. I’m planting seeds now for creative growth, and I’m hopeful the results will be just as amazing.

Flowers form over the garden supports.

Flowers form over the garden supports.

(I wonder…if I build my garden supports really tall, could I sit in there under the flowers next year?)

Happy creating!

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