3.20.2010

Oh, What to Do? Worra Worra Worra!

So here I am all alone in a quiet (very quiet) house. I find myself so thankful for these few hours to myself. As the car filled with children pulled out of the driveway, my first thought was, "Nobody knows what I'm doing! Look, I'm going in this room, now this one-no one is following me!"
I live at the hub, the nerve center of a family, often needed for everything that involves feeding and sustaining 3 other humans. Understandably, there is not ever really a moment to do something that just involves me. Like writing, or running, or gardening. As I look this list over, I realize that it's a big step up from last summer with little newborn H.O., when my list mainly consisted of bathing, grooming & feeding myself.
Imagine my torn emotions with a few hours alone on a Saturday. The garden offers hours of transplanting, there's a redwood forest with inviting trails just waiting for me, and a blog of which I've been a seriously absentee author.
I think this is all normal stuff. I hesitate to even write it down, I mean, who doesn't feel busy? I don't want to bleat about my blessings, which are manifold.I am grateful, exceedingly grateful for this time in my life, for the blue forget me nots that crowd the edges of the garden and the sweet pea seeds that need sowing. For my family, B, G & H, so vibrant and cheerful this morning. My morning glories.

There's a hundred odd things I want to write about, if I can ever make it to the computer. They include:

-King Edmund the Just, G's Invisible Friend Du Jour
-My 3rd Grade Saint Patrick's Day, A Cautionary Tale
-Going back to Scotland!
Okay, hopefully now that this list is out there for the world to see, I'll feel the weight of the anticipation and actually write. Sorry everyone!

(The title is taken from an old family joke-a Casper the Friendly Ghost episode that involves pot-o'-gold-less leprechauns all pacing and worrying. "Worra worra worra!")

1 comment:

Lucy Corrander said...

King Edmund the Just next please!

Lucy

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.