The fullness of spending and leisure.

A pair of blue jays were playing in my manzanita and pine when I came back from my walk this foggy morning. I hadn’t seen any here in many months. Oh, down by the creek I do, not far away; I don’t wonder that they prefer to hang out where there’s even more going on, more things to eat. True, there are no manzanita bushes or Canary Island Pines by the creek; maybe they came here for the the dried manzanita berries under the bush.



Anyone who has been following the Iceland poppy contest in my garden will want to see what I think is the winner of the endurance trial. It is probably an indication of how cool our summer has been, that one plant stayed alive all through August and accomplished a lonely bloom on September 7th. Surely it is the last! — and the plant does appear to be shriveling, as its companions did a few weeks ago.



In the vegetable boxes, mice, as I suppose, are eating tomatoes. I don’t seem to have energy to find a deterrent to these nightly raids; I do know that the mice probably need the fruit more than I do… but it’s an ugly mess they are making, and the solution is probably to pull out the Early Girls that are the favored item on the mouse menu. With the weather we’ve been getting, it’s not likely that the tomatoes will get as ripe as I require, anyway, and I have seen some appealing recipes for fried green tomatoes lately.


My front yard re-landscaping might be completed this month. Right now we are waiting … the hardscape is finished, these pictures showing the work of two weeks ago.


And back in the back yard, I finally bought a bench for the corner by the birdhouse, and Soldier happened to be here soon after to assemble it for me. Look how tall the native currants have grown up in that corner! As soon as the rains begin (God willing, they shall) the calla lilies will start sprouting enthusiastically and I’ll have to pull them out, eternally.


Soldier’s whole family was here for part of a day, and Liam worked in the playhouse, making a pie (so he said) out of flowers and herbs I told him he might pick for the purpose.




Autumn Joy sedum is still looking beautiful, as it has for at least nine months now, and the acanthus is sending out new flower stalks.




As I’ve been writing, and drinking my tea, the sun came out. Now it seems possible that I might get myself out to do some cleanup in the garden. Today I am going to soak my pea seeds, and hope to plant them tomorrow.

I have a feeling that it will always be a challenge, keeping up with all the things I want to do and need to do in the garden, not letting the housework go too neglected, reading and writing and praying, loving my friends and family, communing and working at church…. Life is very full. Today is very full. I looked for a closing quote to express something of what I’m feeling, but could find nothing more suitable than these lighthearted admonitions.

All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast. ~John Gunther

That one I’ve already taken care of.

Spend the afternoon. You can’t take it with you. ~Annie Dillard

And this one is next!


15 thoughts on “The fullness of spending and leisure.

  1. I supply wild bird food that contains dried fruit. The blue jays that feed here love it and a bath of course.

    I have to keep my bird seed in plastic buckets with tight lids. I bathe with Epsom salt- it used to come in heavy plastic buckets just the right size to fill the feeder three times. I bring home a 40lb. bag of feed from Sam’s then immediately refill the buckets. I also had a problem with someone nibbling the bag. I also take my time refilling the feeder so the rodents aren’t so attracted to what’s on the ground. It will also attract skunks!

    Liam is even more handsome than his daddy! Is that really possible?

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  2. A day that starts wth a garden, then a home, then “reading and writing and praying, loving my friends and family, communing and working at church….” sounds heavenly to me.


    1. Well, that would be heavenly…. I suppose some days all those parts would be present. Thank you for reminding me of the goodness of this fullness; I see that it’s full whether or not I check off everything on my to-do list. 🙂


  3. Wonderful garden and I never tire of seeing what’s coming up or seeing the chewed up tomatoes. I get that too. I think sometimes the birds like to eat them. The quotes make me smile and I wholeheartedly agree!

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  4. Maybe the solution for the mice is to leave their preferred tomato choice, so they don’t decide to try the others! I brought a sedum seedling from my old garden for that very reason – so lovely and sculptural for so many months. I also have acanthus – half my garden is swamped in huge, giant acanthus plants. At the moment I will leave well alone as I concentrate on building vegie gardens, but one day I will have to face the attempted acanthus takeover..

    I hear you on the busyness. Even though all the jobs I have to do are good and positive things, like yours, it does seem sometimes that I end the day still running. Maybe if I get up earlier I can have a leisurely breakfast:)

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  5. I smiled to see Liam making his meal. It brought memories of my own endeavors as a child: seeding plantain, mincing grasses, and shredding leaves to make meals for my dolls. It was great fun.

    When I consider the number of things I wish to do, and the speed with which the days pass, it can be disconcerting. But, as I like to say, each of us has all the time there is — it’s making our unique, individual decisions about how to make use of it that matters.

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  6. Your garden is so lovely! I am always intrigued by the differences between what you can grow and what I can here in northeast Ohio. I always wanted to grow acanthus but ah cant. I wonder if you could grow phlomis fruticosa (Jerusalem Sage). That’s a fun plant I can’t grow either. But I saw it growing in Edinburgh, Scotland, much north of where I live.

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