Sunday, September 11, 2011


 I've been a really bad gardener lately.  After the great flood here last week, the gnats, mosquitos and weeds grew like they were on steroids. At dusk last night, I saw one mosquito as big as a pigeon trying to haul one of the dogs off.
So this afternoon, I poured me a tall glass of sweet tea, pulled my canvas lawn chair out by the fence, and pulled a truckload of weeds from my tomatoes.
The sun was high in the sky but a breeze out of the northwest made it feel more like San Francisco than Alabama in early September. 
After the weeding was done I sat back in my chair and listened to the sound of crows fussing off in the distance.
I don't do that enough -- nothing, I mean. I thought once I retired, I'd have more time, but that's simply not the case.
I retired from my day job, but not from life. Keeping things going in your life is like juggling.
Everything clicks right along but you have to keep the balls are in the air.
So today was a welcome respite. I don't have a great deal to show for the time I spent, but it does appear that my tomatoes are happy.
Y'all have a great week.


  1. Here's munching to happy tomatoes.

    This retiring business can be tricky. Lately I've seldom worked so hard in my life - but I seem to be gaining momentum, so maybe that's a good thing.

    Enjoy doing nothing while you can - it usually doesn't last long.

  2. Sometimes the best thing you can do is nothing. It's good for your soul.


  3. this is now the time for you to be happy doing nothing sir...

    have a great week ahead!


  4. Oh you do have something to show for it, that sense of well-being :-)

  5. Anonymous3:45 AM

    time for some tomato soup? :)

  6. To make it an even better relaxing day, churn those tomats into a blood mary and cheers!!

  7. Keeping tomatoes happy is truly a skill! Yay for you! take care

  8. Just started following.I'm a gardener among other talents. Found you through my sister's blog (


  9. @ Marsha, you're right. I have several story deadlines due beginning today (Monday). So I'm after it Chop Chop!

    @ Plain Jane, right you are. I felt refreshed after just a little while in my garden.

    @JJ, hope your boss is doing better after the loss of his son. You take care.

    @ Sarah, I do in fact have something to show, it's just not visible to the eye :)

    @Chintan, we do a lot of veggie soup. We've already put tons up for winter soup -- yum.

    @ Karen, way ahead of you girlfren.

    @ Kitty, when the garden's happy, I'm happy :)

    @ Rob, welcome. I love your sister's blog. Hope you find something useful here. I'll check out your blog and follow.

  10. I just read this to my husband - funny how he said the very same thing!

    And you know what he did today too - nothing.



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