Wednesday Vignette – horse in the hospital

Ho boy, what a week! And it’s only Tuesday night… We had some unusual, freak “wind events” these past couple of smoky days (50+ mph) – courtesy of the extreme temperatures to the south of us, and the millions of acres on fire around us. The violent gusts caused some damage in the garden, but I’m still grateful. It could have been so much worse.

If you look past all these herbaceous, big-leaved wonders that have hit the ground, this may not look so bad. The worst damage, however, can be seen in the top right corner. A Viburnum trunk split and a good chunk of my cool green canopy over our table dropped. Not sure how much of that trunk is salvageable – if any. We’ll see tomorrow, I guess… It likely means I will lose some of my precious shade.

Tomorrow is clean-up day, and it will take some time. But, everything is relative. It will no doubt take longer to clean up after the horse in the hospital a few months from now. Plants are resilient, and will always keep trying to come back. Dare I hope the same for the US? 54 days left, in case you were wondering. Make sure you’re registered! 😉

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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21 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – horse in the hospital

  1. I hope the storms subside and the horse is kicked out

  2. Tina says:

    Love John Mulaney–and how true! On the upside, you might like more sun in your garden? We’re in some heavy rain today and tomorrow and our first cool front of the autumn! Woo-hoo! Hopefully, no trees will come down…:)

    Time to GOTV!! Phone banks, texts, literature drops at doors. Pray. A lot.

    Thanks for hosting, here’s my WV:

    • annamadeit says:

      Good for you – on both accounts! I would love to volunteer to be a poll worker, but we don’t have polls in either OR or WA. Not sure I’d be all that good with phone banking, but tempted to try. Feel like I need to do something…

      • Tina says:

        Phone banking isn’t that hard, more personal than texting, which I find annoying. You can sign up to call/text in other states. At this point, it’s really all about the GOTV. I’m always a little nervous when I first start calling, but get into the groove pretty quickly and there’s always a script.

        • annamadeit says:

          Do people really answer their phones? Is it effective? I imagine most would go unanswered. If not, I might have to give it a whirl!

          • Tina says:

            Sometimes they answer, but you’re right, most go unanswered. Door-to-door canvassing is the most effective, but that’s not possible now. I only do phone banking to targeted audiences–Dem voters, GOTV for would-be Dem voters, that sort of thing. I’m not going to argue with anyone over the phone.

            It’s been a while since I phone-banked, but the last time I did, I was calling folks all over Texas and was amazed at the number of callers who voted for the horse, who had no intention of doing so this time. And that was just before the pandemic began ahead of the March primary. Most had questions about where their local Democratic headquarters where, because they’d never been involved before and these typically were in red parts of the state. I can only assume that enthusiasm–or terror–is even greater now. That said, I don’t think Texas will turn blue this round. I won’t complain if is does, but I’m not gonna hold my breath.

            I love Oregon’s mail in voting. My son has never voted in person: he was 18 when he moved to Oregon, voted by mail those 4 years. After graduating, he moved to Amman, Jordan, so he still votes by mail. Costs him a pretty penny too, to vote–it’s expensive to mail to/from Jordan. But, he’s 25 and votes. So that’s something!

          • annamadeit says:

            Thanks Tina – I’ll look into it. I’m thinking maybe I can GOTV via the Union of Concerned Scientists… I’m one of their sustaining supporters, and I really like what they do. Thanks for all the encouragement, Tina, and for all you do! Hugs!

  3. Tina says:

    I meant to also ask if you’re okay, not too smokey?

  4. I imagine I’ve got at least a couple of days work ahead of me to clean up the garden… but at least I get to do it. I can’t imagine the sorrow so many are facing with the fires.

    My WV is a garden flash-back…

    • annamadeit says:

      I hear you loud and clear… it feels next to ridiculous to complain about some wind damage… I’m dragging my feet on going out there. Need to deal with the hornets first, and frankly – they scare me, even though I’m well armed. Maybe if I cover up completely I’ll feel braver, but I’ve been stung through my jeans before too…
      Naah, I need to get my shit together and just get out there. Wish me luck!

  5. krispeterson100 says:

    I love that “horse in the hospital” clip. Our horse appears to have hoof and mouth disease too, which is highly contagious. I’m sorry to hear about the wind damage in your garden, Anna – 50 mph winds are vicious. I hope your salvage operation goes well and that Oregon’s fires are brought under control quickly. We’re expecting Santa Ana winds here today, which isn’t good, especially as ash has been falling for days now.

    • annamadeit says:

      It’s a good one, isn’t it. It has lasting power, too. Three years later, it’s more on point than ever. About the winds, Kris – sending all my love and karma to all of you in California. Wish I had the power to send rain, and to neutralize the winds. About to call an Oregon friend now, who is dangerously near the red evacuation zone, but thankfully still in yellow territory. It’s still a bit breezy here, so anything can happen. Hugs to you!

  6. hb says:

    Good video. Though, I thought more like the bear in the 7-11, eating candy and Pringles.
    “Not in the job description!”

    Hope you are okay, that must have been a nasty storm. Here the Santa Anas have not arrived but the sky is weird, creepy and orange, come to think of it, like the horse in the hospital.

    My Vig:

    • annamadeit says:

      Oh, I think so much about all of you. Our sky for the past two days has looked just like yours. Worked outside all day at Joy Creek, and smell like a camp fire. As one of my workmates said: ” I can’t believe I’m wearing a mask for TWO reasons…” Absolutely awful air quality – I’m sure you are all too familiar. Three fires south of town are currently merging – this is not good. Prayers please…

  7. rickii says:

    I can’t believe I have no phone or email data on you. Just wanted you to know that Leach has a job opening. Do you get the HPSO newsletter? It’s in there. If not, just shoot me an email and I will forward it to you if interested.

    I think this is the first time JC has closed down completely for any reason…bowing to air quality concerns.

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