Gardening with gusto...

I have taken to gardening. Or rather over hauling as an antidote to sitting in front of the computer all day. Our backyard, once a barren landscape of nothing more than sandy dirt and a heap of lies from the landlords who have promised each new tenant that it will be transformed with..."a deck" "patio stones" "a jacuzzi"...only never to materialize once the leases were signed, is now an oasis. After begging cajoling, and sending numerous letters and phone calls, my neighbors and I got to work on it ourselves. Of course we can't change anything structurally or build anything without permission...but we can plant and lay mulch and put out patio furniture, and if need be when we move, we will pick up every little piece of rock and bark that we lay down.

Saturday was phase 2 of the garden and after a 7:00am trip to home depot with my neighbor who worked on set until 3:00 am and was to drive out of town by 9:00, I got more mulch, more dirt, more pots for plants. And then for the next 10 hours I hauled butt. I cleaned and raked and lay bags of mulch and repotted and finally drenched in sweat and deliriously happy, I called it a day at dinner.

There is still so much more work to be done, and it will happen. But in the meantime, I have found the perfect way to clear my head away from the computer and let those novel questions germinate and grow, just like our little garden.


lynn said...

so impressed. so so so impressed.

Gina Sorell said...


And there's still more to do. I just need more hours in the day!

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