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A Train of Thought, Off Its Track

I feel like I owe you an explanation.  Several, actually.

I’ve been busy.  But more than that, I seem to have lost my voice.  Or maybe I’ve lost my train of thought, sprawled recklessly off its track with weeds growing up through the axles.

What started me blogging was a perverse lack of passion for anything at all.  An apathy for life itself.  Blogging became my antidepressant.   And like an antidepressant, as it heals, seems less needed.  The patient forgets to take the dose, or self-prescribes a weaning-off.

My work, the work they pay me to do, requires more thought than my old position; more creative thinking.  Unfortunately, leaving me with less available to me in my leisure.  So instead I create with my hands.

Remember my hugelkulter?  As promised, I am sharing its progress.  I’ve now planted in it — bush beans and cilantro and pepper plants . . .


A Salad garden was built and is already being harvested . . .


The rain garden has been dug out and native plantings are going in . . .



A path was laid . . .


A stepping stone was made . . .


The lawn is being taken over one small planting at a time.  Iris and catmint and clematis along the fence . . .


Cardboard, compost and mulch create a no-dig garden, ready for planting this fall or next early spring . . .


Planters and feeders . . .



Herbs . . .


And plenty of volunteers to help . . .


(volunteer petunias greet my guests)

I promise I’ll write soon.  I know what I want to say, I just can’t put it to words right now.

Peace . . .


Trying to make sense of it all and . . . for the most part . . . doing it.

11 thoughts on “A Train of Thought, Off Its Track

  1. What a glorious yard and gardens! I’m jealous! In Minnesota ,one has to take the time to garden when one can.

  2. Hello Jean,

    A terrific post (no need to apoloigize)! I love your photos and commentary. I just got involved with flower gardening, and I love it!

    Wishing you well,

  3. What you shared in this post is simply lovely – your creative work feeds your creative blog 🙂

  4. I did a post on this subject several weeks ago (in search of a grinder) and it hit a huge nerve with so many. We are all feeling some of what you are going through. I’m happy to be seeing pictures of what you are doing. I’m working toward a no mow yard but getting a handle on it takes a lot of work. Not as young as I once was. Take your time. I am delighted to hear you have some opportunity to use your creative mind in your work. Hang in there. Summer is a hard time to write. So is winter. 🙂

  5. You don’t owe me an apology, ever. I’m happy for you that you are doing well and you found your passion, even if that means we hear less from you. Your gardens are beautiful, I so wish i could keep a hosta safe from the deer as they are one of my favorite plants.

    1. I’ve heard the deer like hosta.

      I miss writing when I’m not doing it. Most weeks I do write a little, I’m just not pleased with it and can’t figure out what needs changing.

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