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Thursday, February 2, 2017
need to work on the balance in my life. It's a lesson I'd rather not
have to learn again. Therefore I plan to avoid all social media,
well, not blogs, til Monday. No FB, no Twitter. I'm going to work
outside. I'm going to get my hands in the dirt. I'm going to go out
with my sister and explore Old Town Rosenberg. I'm going to finish
the model I started and didn't finish because all the previous stuff
came out of the kiln. I'm going to do what I can do to nurture the
earth, enjoy a relationship, and bring beauty into the world. I have
to detach and remember the divine flame within, that flame that
inhabits all of creation and makes us one even if I don't care for
this particular expression of the TATI* that I find myself in.
However, don't think that this signals acceptance. No no. As my
friend Reya says, this is a marathon, not a sprint. We have years of
resistance ahead of us and it won't do to get burned out early.
There is nothing I can do to prevent anything that will happen in the
next four days.
been engaging in a lot of physical activity this week and last but as often as
not I'm still awake 2 or 3 or 4 hours a night. Consequently I've
been sleeping late, not rising until about 8:30. Since it seems to
be spring here I've been cutting back all the dead foliage from the
hard freeze. Ginger, yellow bells, confederate rose, morning glory
bush, jasmine, Philippine violet, firecracker bush, and lantana one day, the century plant
and the roses the next.
I also finally dug up one of the large
clumps of yellow butterfly iris that was crowding out two of the
roses. That took me well over an hour and I cracked the handle of my
shovel doing it. I still need to dig the other one up as well but
they both got severe haircuts.
this from last April?
looks like this now
There are piles of debris everywhere,
thorny stacks of rose cuttings, a trail of dead foliage and branches
as I worked my way around the yard.
one of many
azaleas will no longer be constrained and are starting to bloom about
6 weeks early. The red shouldered hawks are soaring in the sky
calling for mates. The mosquito hawks are coming out. The birds are
all chirpy. A woodpecker is hammering away at some piece of metal
outside showing off for the girls and a wren is fussing at the cat every time she goes out. All kinds of new and regenerative
growth is coming out. And it is barely February.
harvested two big heads of broccoli last Sunday and made broccoli
cheese soup, some for now and some for the freezer. I need to get
the raised beds in order and build a new one since we plan to plant
more food this year. And I got the satsuma orange planted.
weather has been warm and dry all week, dry as in no rain but also as
in not humid, and last week as well though today is cooler and
overcast and wet and it's supposed to rain today.