"A late summer garden has a tranquility found no other time of year."
----- William F. Longgood
I saw the quote above the other day, and it made me smile. Because truth! By this time in the gardening season, things are ... what they are.
Or they didn't.
Most flowers have bloomed.
But not all of them.
Explosive growth has slowed.
The butterflies are everywhere.
Weeds will be weeds.
And everything is on clearance at the nursery!
This is the time of year that my garden looks it's raggedy-ist. It's still lovely, I know. But there's a raggedy quality to it now. And that raggedy-ness brings a tranquility that is liberating for me. It allows me to . . . step back.
Enjoy what's left of the season.
Not worry so much about what needs doing.
Let things go!
Just sit on the patio and sip . . . something.
I'm coming to terms . . . with the reality that summer is winding down. (I might not like it, but I can deal with it.) As always, my garden helps me weather the changes in the seasons.
"When the world wearies and society fails to satisfy, there is always the garden."
--- Minnie Aumonier
I hope you have some time to dig in the dirt (or whatever your soul-filling equivalent may be) this weekend.
See you Monday!
"I am Summer, come to lure you away from your computer... come dance on my fresh grass, dig your toes into my beaches." ~Oriana Green
It is the summer solstice . . . the longest day of the year. Celebrate the sun today.
- Get outside and bask in the light. Take a walk. Maybe plant something.
- Reflect on the year at its mid-point. Where have you been? Where do you want to go?
- Look for the good in your life, and give thanks. Shine like the sun.
Happy summer solstice!
Be sure to visit Carole and check out other Three on Thursday posts today.
"You are the sky. Everything else - it's just the weather."
--- Pema Chödrön
Here's to a blue-sky kind of weekend. . . no matter the weather.
"Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful. They are sunshine, food, and medicine for the soul."
--- Luther Burbank
Now that SPRING has decided to show up around here (thank you!), I'm scrambling out in the garden. There is so much to do out there . . . that sometimes I just spin around, not knowing where to begin.
But then I just begin.
Clipping and pulling and raking and digging. (And sometimes shaking my head . . . as in where did that come from???)
After three big days in the garden . . . my nails are crap, my arms are totally scratched up, and my back is tired.
BUT. I'm also better, happier, and more helpful!
Flowers are magical -- and gardens, indeed, are medicine for the soul.
"For last year's words belong to last year's language. And next year's words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning."
--- T.S. Eliot
I always love January 1.
Who knows where this fresh new year will lead.
Let's step out . . .
and see where it takes us!
Happy New Year!
"Whether we and our politicians know it or not,
Nature is party to all our deals and decisions,
and she has more votes, a longer memory,
and a sterner sense of justice than we do."
--- Wendell Berry
Get outside, my friends.
Find a path and follow it. Spend some time in a garden. Look up at the sky. Breathe the fresh air. Listen to the water.
Connect with your environment.
Thinking about this week's Think Write Thursday topic (writing about the movie we can quote the most from) was just, well, fun. Also . . . revealing. Because Tom and I realized just how often movie quotes fit right into our everyday conversations. Just part of our lexicon, y'know?
I mean, how perfect is this line from Love Actually: "Just in cases."
It creeps into our conversations all the time here, I can tell you.
Same with this one from Best In Show: ". . . in his mind, the judge can pick up on the telepathy."
We use this line WAY too often - and especially when talking to each other about our dogs. (We also go into the whole "namin' nuts" thing whenever we, well . . . say the name of a nut. Just can't help ourselves.)
And Tom . . . with The Big Lebowski. Oh, my. Don't ever get him started . . . "if you're not into the whole brevity thing."
There is one movie that stands head and shoulders above the crowds when it comes to sheer quotability for Tom and I.
Bull Durham -- a movie we have watched probably 50 times since we first saw it in the theater back in 1988. Bull Durham is a romantic comedy sports film (now there's a genre for you!). A minor league baseball team serves as the backdrop for a romantic triangle featuring a veteran catcher, a rookie pitcher, and a baseball groupie. The film combines sport, philosophy, humor, and love to . . . well . . . hit it right out of the park! (Sports Illustrated ranks this movie as the #1 sports movie of all time.)
The movie has two charming and very well-known "monologues" that are always worth watching/listening to. (You can watch Susan-Sarandon-as-Annie-Savoy's "Church of Baseball" speech here, and Kevin-Costner-as-Crash-Davis' "I Believe" speech here).
There are so many great quotes in this movie that there's even a poster series!
There are really great quotes in this movie -- the kind of quotes that cover the spectrum of human existence. Sort of . . . The Philosophy of Life, by Bull Durham. Tom and I find ourselves using these quotes all the time:
"The world is made for people who aren't cursed with self-awareness."
"After 12 years in the minor leagues, I don't try out."
"I didn't get lured; I take responsibility for my actions."
"They're young. Scare 'em."
"You know that that makes you? (Larry?) Lollygaggers!"
"I want to announce my presence with authority."
"Don't think. Just throw."
"We're dealing with a lot of shit."
"Honey, we all deserve to wear white."
"I hit my dinger and I hung 'em up."
"It's a very simple game. You throw the ball. You catch the ball. You hit the ball."
"Never fuck with a winning streak."
"Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose. Sometimes it rains."
Words and wisdom - compliments of Bull Durham!
“The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.”
— Helen Keller
“Don’t brood. Get on with living and loving. You don’t have forever.”
— Leo Buscaglia
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
Fill the world with love.
Happy Valentine's Day!