Gratitude Friday

1. Flowers in the bathroom. The ones from the Farmer’s Market this year have been making me so happy, are giving me goals for my own garden.

2. Moving my body. For years, I smashed myself to bits, and because I was younger and my body more forgiving; putting all those miles on, hammering the weights, spending hours and hours on the elliptical, and pushing through any pain was doable. In the past four years however, there’s been a distinct shift. I got help with my disordered eating and I experienced various injuries and illnesses, all of which made me reconsider my relationship with my body. In the past year, I’ve been more of an advocate for myself, got the kind of help and support I needed when I was hurting. I’ve also found some ways of moving that I absolutely adore and that do no harm.

3. The sweetest mail. I love writing this blog. It is so satisfying and such good writing practice. The fact that anyone reads it is a bonus. The fact that the people who read it are kind and gentle and supportive makes me so happy. And when they take time out of their lives to tell me they appreciate what I’m doing here, that’s just the best.

4. Our garden. We aren’t sure exactly why, but it hasn’t been quite as productive this year, (except for the bindweed, which has been prolific). Each year we add a little, change a little, fail a little, but it always makes me so happy. I would much rather have a chaos of flowers, fruit, veggies, weeds, bugs and bees than a perfect green lawn.

5. My tiny family. I am going to miss them so much when I have to go back to work.

Bonus joy: going to the movies with Eric, finally figuring out the source of the recurring issue with my knees (pes anserine tendonitis/bursitis, not really even my knees) and hopefully coming up with a better fix or at the very least method to manage it, water aerobics, Pilates, peach pie, sleeping in, good books, good TV (Queen Sugar and Insecure’s 2nd seasons are SO good), the cooler weather, Wild Writing, texting, a perfectly ripe avocado, sweet potato and black bean quesadillas with homemade tortillas.

 

 

3 thoughts on “Gratitude Friday

  1. TD

    Field bindweed is difficult to eradicate because the seeds remain viable in soil for up to 20 years. One plant can produce up to 500 seeds. The deep, extensive root system stores carbohydrates and proteins and allows it to sprout repeatedly from fragments and rhizomes following removal of aboveground growth.
    * Manual- Discing, tilling or hand pulling
    * Competitive Planting: Utilize pumpkins, melons, squash and other plants with a thorny vine to keep it down and shade it out. They will not strangle out these plants as with others.
    * Other approaches: Research suggests that shading will help control this species; mulching using paper, straw, wood chips, or black plastic can be effective in certain areas.

    Those yellow flowers look like sunflowers (not daisy nor bindweed also known as morning glory) One of my dogs an I am highly allergic to the sunflowers 🌻! Allergy
    Breathing problems, dry or cracked skin, Headache, Itching, Itchy eyes, Red eyes, Runny nose, Sinus pain, Wheezing.

    City has been keeping them off my fence line for 10 feet. They are not native (a neighbor thought it be cool to throw those seeds over the fence and they spread. Neighbors moved out years ago.) There is a natural preserve over the fence for wildlife.

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  2. TD

    PS The morning glory is a native here on The Island in Texas and serves a good purpose with preserving the sand dunes due to the winds and drifts.

    The sunflower will attract large bumblebee, yellow jackets and small field birds. So you might enjoy keeping them thinned (if you are allergic).

    I did well in CO with Red, one of the most cold hardy of the native Salvia greggii family. Perennials. (not annual variety) Blooming in late spring and again in the fall, the plant covers itself with bright red flowers that attract the hummingbirds from miles around from June through November!

    Happy Gardening. It’s good for the spirit and soul.

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