2.06.2009

Vignettes

Soundtrack to the day: Innocence Mission's 'Brotherhood of Man'.
5 AM-I raise the curtains to see: the neighbor's porchlight illuminating the street which is flooding gently with rainwater; rippling down towards the storm drain in soft glistening waves.

In the garden: The roof gutter has clogged and spills over; sending down a steady torrent of water; washing the silt from the soil and leaving a pool of white rocks.
The upper branches of the oak on the hillside glows with a shimmering green moss. The lower trunk is a stark contrasting brown, where it was sprayed last summer in the crusade against the encroaching Sudden Oak Death. Our loveliest oak, the one that overhangs the driveway and the shade garden has all but succumbed. I am grateful for that brown moss ring, it means that the hillside oak is still alive and has a fighting chance.

Noon-G and I are sailing bay leaf boats down the swirling eddies and rivulets of water across the street from our house. "HMS Rosabelle" beats the 'Good Ship Leafy' by a puddle and a half. G's red raincoat is the brightest thing around for a mile. Her new haircut, "I look like Maria (Von Trapp!)" is plastered to her wet cheeks, and she sings a little song as we walk.

6 PM-friend stops by, tea is drunk. She leaves with my favorite Bollywood flick, 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge'.

7PM-Dinner-red peppers roasting, tortellini boiling; B teaches G to play the C chord on the ukulele. She is a third of her way towards learning that holy trinity of chords: C-F-G.

It's an interesting life for me now. Staying at home mostly, expecting a baby whose arrival feels increasingly imminent. My constant companion is a 4 year old who today told me gleefully, "I have more energy than you and daddy, right, mommy?" I find myself approaching the smallest tasks with great alacrity and vigour: "Right. Grocery shopping, then library, then home. Okay. Go!" I think my brain has settled down into it's domesticity but it's still a little weird. I'm much more used to slogging away all day at a job, and coming home with a head full of work-related junk that I am trying to forget for a few blissful hours.
It'a little Mr. Mom, except I guess this is Mrs. Mom? Anyway. I am grateful for these days.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very lovely. All around.
Eleven

Lucy said...

Hope this last stretch isn't physically too wearisome, Rosa.

Nice to read a piece about rain in your part of the world - it makes connections!

Lucy

P.S. Hope you aren't getting bored as well as making the most of the domesticity and the quiet!

rosa said...

Thanks, Lucy! Actually, lately I've been weighing the benefits of an early deliver against the health dangers for the baby. Like, "Hmmm, 7 months pregnant. I think the so and so's baby was born 2 months premature and was only in the hospital for a week or so....and now he's fine!" And then I give myself a mental shake...pregnancy is not for the faint of heart!
I'm not overtly bored, just feeling.....stilled. Slowed down. Which is (I know) a season that will end very soon! (Baby due May5!)

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.