Wednesday Vignette – looking up

*** Yup – I’m losing my mind… I just realized I posted this weeks Vignette on my other blog – The Creative Flux. Well, some of you found it anyway (thank you!) but for those of you who didn’t, I’m copying it on here as well – if for no other reason than continuity. Thanks for bearing with me! The great irony of this mistake is right there, in the Vignette – LOL! Pretty funny, actually! 😀 ***


Now that winter is here, except for the occasional ski day, I don’t normally move around as much as I do during the warmer months. I decided I should change that. According to a book I read on neuroplasticity (The Brain’s Way of Healing by Norman Doidge, MD), the absolute best way to stay sharp and keep your brain in shape, is to walk 3 miles per day at a brisk clip. (He talks about it here at about 8 minutes in*) So, yesterday, I measured out how much a mile was, and timed myself. Turns out, it takes me about 50 minutes to walk 3 miles, so this morning, I set my timer to 25 minutes, and took off. Time will tell if it keeps me out of the Alzheimers ward, but I do hope it will also do good things for the rest of me.

I always forget how nice it is to meander through your neighborhood on foot. You see things in a whole new way, and have time to notice things you don’t when whizzing by in a car. And, I think I said “good morning” to at least 5 people, including a mail carrier busy at work. Walking is a nice, neighborly experience, it turns out. I like that.


One of the main things that thrilled me was looking up. I mean, really – who needs Christmas decorations when you have THIS? I also saw lots of gardens. Some where you could tell a gardener lived, and some, not so much. I noticed multiple perfect empty spots along the way, for some kind of plant, or other. Which led to this fun idea, where I was imagining myself as a guerilla gardener, sneaking out late at night and planting something in chosen spots. Not in a mean way, like this guy I met, who, in taking revenge on a scumbag landlord planted 8 Kudzu plants around the house when he moved out. YIKES! No, I’m talking about paying forward some of the bounty we gardeners possess, either by some form of propagation, division, or simply by our desire to switch things around. Anyway, I’m dreaming… You know that most people probably wouldn’t even notice, and – if they did –  they most likely wouldn’t remember to water. Still, it would be fun, wouldn’t it? I mean, you just might make somebody’s day…

* Funny, as I listened to the video, I realized it is 3 kilometers – not 3 miles! Oh well, I’ll just tell myself that that last mile is for my waistline, and not for my head. LOL!

About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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11 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – looking up

  1. Kris P says:

    I wondered where your post went 😉 It’s nice to see your beautiful blue sky in the photos. I used to take long walks each morning myself and loved them until my right knee objected. But I’ve been considering throwing caution to the wind and starting up again, carrying my camera this time. There are some great garden views out there that I can’t capture as I whiz by in the car and parking on the street along our winding road is a no-no.

    • annamadeit says:

      Yeah, I’ve never considered our extended neighborhood all that interesting garden wise, but I’ve had several nice surprises already. So far my knees are holding up, but we don’t have the kind of hills you do. Be careful and enjoy, Kris!

  2. Tina says:

    I’ve got my blogging bases covered: I follow both!!

  3. tonytomeo says:

    Oh, yes, I saw it already. I am way behind anyway.

  4. I would love to go around and be a sort of secret Plant Santa. Maybe when I’m retired … I do agree that walking your neighborhood can be very rewarding – as is gardening out front as people pass by.

    • annamadeit says:

      Yes indeed! I love connecting with neighbors and passersby when I’m out front, working. It’s a big difference from putzing around in the dense jungle privacy of the back yard.

  5. mmwm says:

    “I mean, really – who needs Christmas decorations when you have THIS?” Indeed. That’s what I’m going with.

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