Wednesday Vignette – waiting and sweeping

Well, it wasn’t a clean sweep. It’s disturbing that it had to be this close, but there is still hope. I admit going to bed before midnight, but we all knew it was going to take time, right? For as gerrymandered as our fair nation is, I’d say, it was surprisingly close in quite a few states. It is a powerful mode of cheating – it will be really interesting to see where the popular vote lands…

Anyway, my way of dealing with my morning anxiety was to go out and… yes, keep sweeping. I started yesterday to clean up the millions of Japanese Snowbell seeds that drop every fall. It’s good therapy, but then it started raining. Finished them this morning, and now I have to disappear to work for a few hours. All good things, while anxiously waiting. How are you all holding up?

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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13 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – waiting and sweeping

  1. Are your seeds all down? Mine like to prolong the misery over a couple of weeks, they’ve just started too. (sounds familiar…)

    We went to sleep around 10, I enjoyed a few moments of forgetting when I woke this morning, then grabbed my phone to check on what happened overnight. I’ll be doing my best to stay away from the news all day, figuring this is going to take awhile. It’s tempting to get caught up in the moment by moment but my nerves can’t take it.
    http://www.thedangergarden.com/2020/11/wednesday-vignette-when-will-we-know.html

    • annamadeit says:

      I totally hear you. I was lucky enough to have to go to Joy Creek, so the morning snuck by without much thought of the election. And when NPR pinged that WI was called for Biden, we all cheered. It has only gotten better since. (No jinxing, though – it’s not over until it’s over.)

    • annamadeit says:

      Oh, and the damn seeds… no, there are still a ton left, but I filled about 1/4 of the green bin with the first round. Such a PIA.

  2. Kris P says:

    My husband and I elected to ignore the returns yesterday but I still had a difficult time sleeping. This morning’s coverage immediately sent my blood pressure soaring so I’ll limit the time I give to the results again today as I continue yesterday’s strategy of focusing on my garden. I’m also disappointed that there’s no evidence of a blue tsunami but I remain hopeful about the top job and a couple of the Senate races. In the meantime, here’s my WV: https://krispgarden.blogspot.com/2020/11/wednesday-vignette-i-wish-i-had-shell.html

    • annamadeit says:

      Well, they told us it would take time, so we went to bed at a normal time. Today was a good day to distract ourselves with other things, but it got better as the afternoon progressed. 🙂

  3. I am not holding my breath. Still hopeful

  4. Julie says:

    What a lovely vignette. Is that a schefflera in the foreground? I hope to try one, but I’m worried about deer.
    Best not to watch the news moment by moment; the anxiety is too much. And it’s out of our hands now. No matter the winner, I pity the losing side. God help us all.

    • annamadeit says:

      Yes, it is a Shefflera taiwanense. I don’t have any deer here in town, so I can’t vouch for their tastes, but I love the plant. Go for it, I’d say! 🙂

  5. hb says:

    Can’t watch at all. Agony. Garden, garden. Feel better in the garden.

    • annamadeit says:

      Indeed. I had to work at Joy Creek today. We were closing it up for winter. Afterwards, a few of us went over to Tamara (chickadeegardens.com) and had a wonderful afternoon out there, made only better by reports about MI and WI. It was really great to spend this agonizing morning far away from various screens. I feel MUCH better now! 🙂

  6. Trish says:

    I needed to know there were kindred spirits around and here you were – thank you!
    Will head outside now to enjoy the garden and ignore the TV
    Trish

    • annamadeit says:

      Good for you! I hope it brightened your spirit! It’s now evening, and I feel pretty confident in saying it will all sort itself out in an acceptable way.

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