Today you will say things you can predict and other things you could never imagine this minute. Don’t reject them, let them come through when they’re ready, don’t think you can plan it all out. This day will never, no matter how long you live, happen again. It is exquisitely singular. It will never again be exactly repeated.
~ Naomi Shihab Nye
How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun and exciting? Or restful and relaxing?
I took a short trip to the Washington, D.C. area to visit with friends. They live outside of D.C., just a hop, skip, and a Metro ride into the city. We went to The National Theater on Thursday night to see Green Day’s American Idiot. The musical was fast-paced, and entertaining, although everyone in our group had some trouble with the sound. It was so loud that it was difficult to hear the lyrics which would have helped us follow the story line. The softer, quieter, ballads were easy to understand. Nonetheless, a good time was had by all, and we did manage to get the gist of the story.
On Friday we went back into the city to visit some of the museums, including the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, the National Gallery of Art, the National Portrait Gallery, and the American Art Museum. I am now like a good yogurt. Well cultured. 😉
I made my way home on Saturday, feeling somewhat refreshed, especially creatively. The weather here on the Eastern Shore was lovely over the weekend. Warm, mostly sunny, and perfect for working outdoors.
It’s sunny and clear here today, but chilly with a gusty wind a’blowing. It looks as though it will stay chilly for a while. Winter is obviously not ready to leave yet.
I started work in the garden yesterday. Oh my. What a mess. Pieces of plastic everywhere. It appears that Mrs. B, one of the former owners, was fond of packaged dirt, peat, and manure. Instead of just emptying the packages and disposing of the plastic bags, it looks like she slit open the bags, planted right in them, and left the plastic to work its way into the ground. Perhaps it was her way of keeping the weeds out.
Unfortunately, the plastic doesn’t biodegrade. It does, however, shred. That is especially true if you take a tiller to the ground while the plastic is living there. It is my guess, based on the evidence, that Mr. and Mrs. B did just that, shredding and turning the plastic into the dirt. Oh my. What a mess.
I also found bricks, broken tools, a broken thermometer, plastic birds and flowers, and household trash (bottle caps, lids to froze juice containers, etc.). I dunno. Do you think they thought this was a good way to fertilize a garden?
I’ll have more on my gardening adventures soon. This is going to be a year of learning for me since I’m not all that familiar with the growing season on the Eastern Shore. Wish me luck.
That’s about it for today. Thank you so much for stopping by. I think we’re going to have a lovely sunset this evening. Let’s meet on the dock. The snake who guards the path to the boardwalk will probably be huddled in his box trying to stay warm, leaving the path to us. He’s usually out sunning himself, but I don’t think he’ll care much for this colder weather. Once it warms up for good, we probably won’t see him at all. Snakes are fast when they’re warmed up, and don’t seem to care for interacting with people. It’s only the cold and the sluggish who hang out on the sunny spots in the middle of the pathways.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂