"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" ~ Mary Oliver

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spring cleanup . . .

Even though it’s been unseasonably warm this winter moving into spring, I’m catching up on some spring cleaning this week. I’ve been meaning to clean up the plant shelf where G. had brought up some gorgeous dusty rose marble planks to provide a surface for the orchids. They’ve been coming along and their bloom is still approaching its peak.

I had a grocery bag full of clippings and dead leaves from the plants, especially the maidenhair fern which had nasty, dried-up brown fronds.

maidenhair fern after repairs

I also noticed that the overheating going on inside me has abated with the wise treatments given yesterday by C., my gifted Shiatsu practitioner. A levelling and cooling off that feels really calming and steady. By next week, some ceiling repair around the skylights and painting will take place in the kitchen and living area. Benjamin Moore’s “Navajo White” paint is my favorite color and has followed me from place to place wherever I have lived. The storage closets will be cleaned out altogether and organized so that we can find cottage and Christmas things more easily. My plan is to provide a swift exit for anything that we won’t use and that we don’t need. Outdated books and CDs will be donated to the local library. E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G that remains will have its place. It has already begun to look more spare and feels as right as rain.

To top it all off, here is a photo of little Josie, lending a hand to vacuum the floor at the cottage the day that we left. Priceless!


longevity. . .

Wikipedia ginkgo leaf photo

Before Christmas and the visits with my children and granddaughters, I found that I had been moping around about aging and fatalistic about how long I would live and what I might do with the time I have left. The culture we live in bombards us with how to stay young, how to look and feel better, exercise, eat more healthy foods. But not much is said about the quality of our lives in the context of purpose, as we go from our 60’s to being 70. And then from 70 on to 80. And, if you’re lucky, I guess, even beyond that.

I had made a book for my family that contained a number of my posts describing my life along with photos of the family that I gave to them on my birthday, which comes a few days after Christmas every year. I had in mind that it was especially meant for my granddaughters, Anna and Josie because they will have a chance to know me, as Read the rest of this entry »

my maidenhair fern. . .

maidenhair fern: "hi, how ya' doin'?"

I have a maidenhair fern that has seen me through lots of ups and downs in my life. It requires consistent watering and care. I mist it every morning when I get up, even before I have my breakfast. Through the years, I have noticed that its health and appearance mirrors how well things are going in my life. Even when there doesn’t seem to be a change in how I take care of it.

When I am frazzled and external things are not going well, the fern has brown bits and yellowing leaves. When things couldn’t be going better, the appearance of the fern is just radiant with light and health.  Sometimes when I’ve gone through a particularly hard patch, the fern looks droopy and dry. During times when it was looking rather hopeless, I have to admit that I have gone to the nursery and bought small maidenhair ferns to transplant into the mother pot. Soon, the maidenhair fern looks robust and gorgeous again.