My little container garden out on the back deck is thriving these days. It makes for a nice place to sit with a cup of tea in the morning. I like watching as the sun slowly tips the pine trees with gold and the pool of dappled sunlight slowly moves down to include the cabin and the flowers. I like it in the afternoons, too, as the shadows lengthen and little breezes shiver the pine trees. We have had a few industrious bees buzzing around our blossoms, not as many as one would hope, but certainly one or two pollinators. No honeybees, which makes me sad. I do like honeybees. Maybe we are too high. Lots of big fat bumblers, though. Ollie really likes the bumblers, though he learned that they are hot when you swat them. I did warn him. He never listens.
I think my only disappointment is the tomatoes, which have not borne much fruit. The few tomatoes that have formed are all still a dull green and they don’t seem to want to ripen. Perhaps it is just too cold up here at night for tomatoes, or the sun doesn’t hit our deck for enough hours in the day.
Fortunately my mom’s garden down in Riverbank is producing more tomatoes than she can eat, and she has been sharing her bounty with us. And at least I have all the flowers!
I’ve come to appreciate the quiet of this place so much. I think I will appreciate it more and more as I hit the late summer/fall stretch of my show season. The remaining shows are lined up one after another without a lot of time between. It seems so busy now! There is always something to do and there aren’t as many opportunities to sit and watch fat bees, or cheer on the various racing teams of hummingbirds. Of course, that just means that I enjoy it even more when it does happen.
I am grateful for the busy, grateful the business is thriving (and grateful for the quiet when it happens).
I’ll be driving the Youngest up to Portland soon, and Cap Jr. will be heading up to the Pacific Northwest with his mom a few weeks later. Our nest will re-empty soon. The Cap and I will finally be able to make that beach trip, right when I don’t need it quite as desperately. In just 3 and a half short months, my run of shows will be done and we’ll be stacking wood and stockpiling staples for winter. Settling in for the dark months of quiet, woodstove mornings and (hopefully) a lot of snow. But that’s in 3 months. This is today.
Today, I am not thinking about show prep or packing the Honda with bins of supplies or wondering about booth setup. Today, I am thinking that one someone has piles of laundry and the other someone wants to go to town to get some Internet. A movie matinee has been requested and one of the someones needs to practice his parallel parking. I have to clear my studio slate of repairs, pack sale orders, work on custom orders, fix the back door and make sugar water for the hummingbirds. The catboxes want cleaned, the house wants vacuumed, the toilets want scrubbing, the kitchen floor wants mopped, the deck garden wants watered and I should probably roll up the canvas booth cover from last week’s show and put it somewhere safe that is free of cats. Reorganize the upstairs storage closet. The downstairs storage closet. Clean my studio. Clean my bedroom. Rake the yard. You know. All the stuff you do when you have the weekend “off.”
Shockingly, that all sounds great. It sounds like Life. Life goes very fast doesn’t it?
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Hope your weekend is busy in all the ways you want, and quiet in the ways you need.
I wonder if this fellow has a busy weekend planned? And who his cell provider is. Because I certainly don’t get reception on the back deck!