Here and There

Friday, May 30, 2008

Tuesday, May 20, 2008


Thinking about Frog and Toad in that last post, I looked up a few images--so good! It's not Frog and Toad per say, but Arnold Lobel. He's wonderful at brown, green, and gray.

Saucer of Seeds

Cosmos 'Sensation' (Skinny long ones)
Yellow Cosmos (Slightly smaller skinny long ones)
Echinacea (little triangles)
Nasturtium (Those are the funny brain-like ones)
Sweet Pea 'Cupani' (perfectly round brown)
Sweet William (little tiny flecks...despite what the Bible says, Sweet William seeds are way smaller than mustard seeds and may be the smallest seeds!)

Two weeks ago I finally planted some seeds in the garden that had been waiting patiently for me to take action. I've seen a few sprouts, but not near as many as I usually do this long after planting. I'm hoping I get to enjoy lots and lots of flowers this summer from that saucer of seeds.

Volunteer sunflowers and bachelor buttons are everywhere in the garden courtesy of the breeze and our resident squirrel. Even so, I still planted a couple varieties of sunflowers ('Giant Titan', 'Italian White' and Chocolate Cherry') I couldn't get over the picture on the packet of 'Giant Titan' seeds of a woman gardening in the shadow of a 15 foot tall sunflower. I planted some of those just to see if it's real!

When I'm waiting for the garden to grow I am reminded of a Frog and Toad story about Toad planting a garden. We had the story on tape when I was a kid and I remember the voice saying the words: "Let the sun shine on them, Let the rain fall on them. Then your seeds will start to grow."

Friday, May 16, 2008

Just that kind of day.

Super hot out, staying cool listening to Bob Marley. I didn't grow up listening to reggae music, or have a reggae phase in junior high or anything...but I put a lot of Bob Marley on my "labor mix" and I find that it is actually more my style than I ever imagined. It's nice to find out things like that. Look at this guy though, how can you not love him!

Friday, May 09, 2008

"There was a time we lived in truth, let's bring it back."

"There was a time we lived in truth, let's bring it back." I love this Mates of State line. In the song it's inspiring. It's one of those re-discovered/re-appreciated lyrics, some of which I wrote about last summer here.

Do we all have a "time we lived in truth"? I interpret this as a time when you were closest to exactly how you want to live. A time when you were undeniably you and weren't trying to be or do anything else.

I've talked with friends lately about busyness, about doing too much, about the value of peace and quiet, and it's actually shocking to me that I would even worry about such things. I remember the Summer of Freedom-no work, no school, 21. I moved at a pace so much slower than the one set by the rhythms of work and school. I loved the waking and sleeping, the outdoors at all hours, the chumminess with time. Now time is chopped into pieces too small and it doesn't feel like my friend. I feel like I have to win it at its own game. Who is that?! That's not me!

So in my own way I'm trying to "bring it back". By going slower and not taking on, taking on. I remember the Summer of Freedom I was completely broke. NO money at all really. Enough to buy a pack of hot dogs and flower seeds. That's kind of how it is now too! Except it's more like enough to buy a pack of diapers...and flower seeds. The best times in my life have been the stripped down, simple times. You make what you can, you buy what you need. Your world is smaller: it's your backyard, it's your neighborhood, it's where you can walk and where you pack a lunch, it's doing nothing on purpose and listening to music. There is always enough, and the growing things and the views and the weather fill in the "empty" spaces perfectly.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Love Love Love it!

I've been really taken with this artist, Nikki McClure, for awhile, but today I saw a bunch of new pieces of hers and I feel even more admiration for her.

She makes paper cuts, everything she does is a paper cut with an x-acto knife to make these really cool positive and negative, light and dark images. Beyond the art, she has a voice that I wholeheartedly agree with.

I was going to write a post about how bad of a housekeeper I am, but I decided to take heart in these paper cut images and relax.