BEING OBSESSEDIt has been noted before that I've never fallen into the housework trap. When the twins were really little I discovered that no matter how tired I was I always had energy to garden. So, there was no point trying to exhaustedly tidy the house and get nowhere when I could be outside enjoying myself. I suppose I've never looked back.
Why Women Who Do Too Much Should Neglect It For Their Writing
This quotation is a chapter heading in Brenda Ueland's book If You Want
to Write. It sums up the issue of being obsessed with our work. yet she
goes on to devote an entire chapter to it.
Why is it that the first things we give up and neglect are ourselves
and the things that mean the most to us, like our creativity, our health, our
children and our loves? How sad it is that we often neglect our treasures for
activities of far less value.
Well thats what the insanity of addiction is about isn't it? We cast our
pearls into the pig pen and we scrub the colours off the kitchen tiles.
Lets get clear here about what needs to be neglected.
Picked offspring up from airport. Welcome home Louis. We are so proud of you (Spirit of New Zealand, sailing). The great thing about the 2hr drive back to our place is that I got to hear everything fresh and uninterrupted...and then came home to a beautiful surprise - SEEDS
Well I had emailed Bart (Acres) a while back. He runs Otepoti Urban Organics, a seed saving network. Some of the seeds are only released to experienced gardeners who promise to grow, save and return them. I glibly described myself as running a community garden suggesting a trustworthy and experienced profile.
'Great' says Bart. 'I can't wait to visit next time I'm coming through.' Oops. Went out and had a look at the garden through fresh eyes. Shrugged off that fraudster feeling, resolved to try and make it look like more was happening, and quick about it, and then went back to my usual method of doing what I like, when I like, for me.
Oh I forgot to rotate that photo up there and I've lost a few of my magnificent line up but perhaps you can just make out 'cucumber green shorts'. How could I not grow that? And there's one with a stern warning: 'very rare, please save or return'. Yes Sir.