The People in My Neighborhood

Today: A good run through the burgeoning shadows and sunlight shafts of MH. On to church, here we hung out in the Toddler Room; introduced G to her future husband, Captain. ("I now pronounce you Mr. & Mrs. Captain __.")
And it was so great to see Auntie Suzanne, Angel, the Bridgens, & Sky & Melissa and their wild child Lily, visiting from Sacto. Burritos afterwards with about 15 people at Planet Fresh, guacamole, drippy tacos & a cadre of squealing little girls. A comic named Buzzy paid for my lunch. Chance talk with Gibbytron & then the Molly outside the Red about Anne Sexton and her searching for God poetry. Gruff-looking Harley Guy revv'd his engine for G, herself a motorcycle buff. Drove on West Cliff up past the Fair Ave. abalone temple, and then home. Pruned my lavatera which was standing 8 ft. high, leaves curiously eaten away in the shape of doilies or antimacassars, like the sordid remains from the Attack of the Old Lady beetle.
I Reflect
I find myself liking my life, liking my 'hood and the communitas that has grown up around us.
We feel the pull all the time to return to Scotland, back to that land that once held so much for us. There are heart-breaking moments when we remember the halls, corridors and garden paths of the Seamill Centre, once traveled by us and now so frustratingly far away. I have to try to not think about it, or my head will fall off, or implode. I kind of mentally stuff my fingers in my ears and lah -lah really loud when I get like this. Because what can you do? If I go there, I miss here. Etc. etc. I guess somehow I have to trust that heaven is an answer to this whole time/space conundrum, although I am not sure how.....I mean, how much capacity do I have to love and to miss, to long for and to suppress? It makes me never want to travel again, I'm afraid to fall in love again with place, and sky and folk.


Camille said...

Glad to hear that life in FF is rolling merrily along. I am missing Planet Fresh already.

Anonymous said...

It was great to see you, too, C (crazy though it was)!
See you again soon hopefully ~
love, AOK

Read Your Way Through the Garden: Choice Tomes From Garden Literature

  • A Book of Salvias by Betsy Clebsch
  • Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon
  • Making Bentwood Trellises by Jim Long
  • RHS Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers
  • Rose Primer: An Organic Approach to Rose Selection & Care by Orin Martin
  • Start With the Soil by Grace Gershuny
  • Sunset Western Garden Book
  • Sunset Western Landscaping Book
  • The Book of Garden Secrets by Patent & Bilderback
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Botany
  • the Gardener's Table: A Guide to Natural Vegetable Growing and Cooking by Richard Merrill & Joe Ortiz
  • The Gardener's Year by Karel Capek
  • The Hutchinson Dictionary of Plant Names: Common & Botanical
  • We Made A Garden by Margaret Fish

lotsa latin: rosa's botanical & etymological ruminations

  • vespertinus: flowers in the evening
  • vernalis:spring
  • veni vidi nates calcalvi: we came, we saw, we kicked butt. This was printed on a T shirt I bought at Abbot's Thrift many years ago. It encircled the NEA symbol. I wish I knew why.
  • superciliaris: shaped like an eyebrow ex: sturnella superciliaris, the White-browed Blackbird
  • rosa-sinensis: species of Hibiscus: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. Lit. Rosa of China, so named by British plant hunters.
  • placentiformis: shaped like a cake ex: discocactus placentiformis
  • nudiflorus: flowers before leaves show ex: flowering quince, magnolia
  • nivalis: growing in or near snow ex: galanthus nivalis (common snowdrop)
  • muralis: growing on walls
  • mirabilis: marvellous, wonderful
  • formosa: beautiful ex: dicentra formosa, a.k.a.western bleeding heart/dutchman's breeches/lady in a bath
  • carpe vitam: get a life
  • Carolus Linnaeus: Latinized name of Carl von Linne (1707-1778), Swedish naturalist considered the father of plant taxonomy. Whatta guy.