Wednesday, April 17, 2013

the good

I hadn't realized until I decided to check the dates that these photos were taken almost 3 weeks ago on March 30th. The daffodil were just starting to peek out and only the crocuses were up. I love that lonely little one that just found it's way under the trees. George was just finishing up some projects. Making some little compartment for lumber out of pallets. I think he would be make a good's in his genes as his great grandfather was a logger. I am sure there were many loggers back in his day.  Anyways I was stalking him watching him work on this beautiful sunny spring day.   The bulk of the planting is done and in different stages of growth. Now it seems there is a lot of moving. Always a lot of moving. Cooling things down and hardening off.  It's fun to look back and see how much things have grown. I actually find myself cutting a lot back already. I am never without my scissors close at hand. My most used tool.  I made up a lot of little succulent mixtures and hopefully won't run out as quickly as I did last year. I'll try to photograph more of them to show you and maybe some flowers. Looking at these photos there isn't much that looks like spring. I am sure blogland is full of spring colors. I haven't had the time to visit like I would like but want to thank you for the wonderful comments. Most of you that write know that this is our crunch time. I so appreciate you understanding.  That was our weeping juniper that broke in the middle from that super snowstorm when we got 30-36". We haven't had the time to take care of it and it makes me a little sad to see it broken but it was getting too big for the space. 

Sadness is the Boston tragedy. I am overwhelmed with grief as I know you are.  I have been trying to listen to NPR for most of it as I haven't been doing much TV watching. The stories are horrific but also very inspiring as you hear of the people that stepped up to help. It's easy to get lost in the hatred, but important to know that humanity is not lost. 

Some wise words to keep in mind from  
From Patton Oswalt on facebook

I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, "Well, I've had it with humanity."
But I was wrong. I don't know what's going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem -- one human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths.
But here's what I DO know. If it's one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet. You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out. (Thanks FAKE Gallery founder and owner Paul Kozlowski for pointing this out to me). This is a giant planet and we're lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, every once in a while, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they're pointed towards darkness.
But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evildoers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We'd have eaten ourselves alive long ago.
So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, "The good outnumber you, and we always will."


oldgreymare said...

Best quote I've read so far about this. thanks for alerting me to it. <3
We know how busy you are, but we still miss you.
Pics are grand my friend

summersundays-jw said...

Beautiful post.....both pictures & words. Peace! Jan

prince snow farm said...

Great photos of what you have been up to! I imagine this is a crazy time of year for you, but very satisfying.
See you on instagram!

Franse Brocante said...

Your pictures are so beautiful! Thank you. We are back in France and our vegetable garden is waiting for new plants. I will show it later on my blog. For now, thank you, Bye, Lilian

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Wonderful quote...I have been so sad the last few days...I guess we all are. Love the photo with the lone crocus. Looking forward to seeing you in May! Hi to George! :)

Nella Miller said...

Dear Carole, I can always come here and be inspired, by your hard work, beauty and wisdom....the quote at the end of your post is so true, rings loud and clear about the goodness and evil in the cannot exist without the other..hugs and love to you, N.xo

Connie in Hartwood said...

How did you know that I am a total sucker for succulents? I don't have any right now (gave them away when we moved) but I always look longingly at all of the beautiful variety when I'm in a nursery. There's a wholesale nursery down here that has such gorgeous ones!

feltonthefly said...

I fell in love with your blog long ago and signed up to receive new posts via e-mail. Your posts are always looked forward to and they provide a spot of beauty whenever they appear. Mostly I notice that I enjoy the simple beauty of your photos. Excessive words are not your style, and they are not needed. Today... your simple, elegant, truthful and powerful prowse brought me to tears and renewed my faith in the human race. Your words put perspective on the nature of humanity. Thank you. So very much. I could just hug you right now!

feltonthefly said...

I do detest typos... I was so moved I managed to misspell 'prose'. Another aspect of my humanity - I am flawed - lol...

Jill said...

Thank you for the beautiful pictures and better perspective on it all.

Susan @ The Collected Cottage said...

Hi Girlie,
Thanks for that quote, it's a thought I have to live by to make sense of a lot that happens in our world...just never heard it put so well.
BTW, pics are great, I know you're a workin' hard, hope to stop by soon!! Thanks for the note before was fun to hear from you!!!! :)

Shane Pollard said...

A wonderful quote - I always like focusing of the positive too!

Thinking of you dear Carol up to your ears in hard work aT the mo - hang in there just a little bit longer!...
Shane ♥

Romeo said...

Carole, these photos are wonderful :) Of course had to smile because you were "stalking" ;)

A great quote regarding tragedy - a wonderful reminder to keep things in perspective!

Wonderful to see this post and know you are still out there digging in the dirt :)

Hugs and purrs,

"her" and Romeo

the old white house said...

Your pictures are just the inspiration that i need to let me know that spring is indeed here! I can't wait to get my hands in the dirt :) Wishing you and George much success this season! love, t.xoxoxo

Cindy said...

beautiful photos and quote..
xoxo Cindy

Gretchen Portwood said...

Carole, I love your description. I am a C+ gardener but I love it. What a lovely life you lead.

Vicki Boster said...

Carole -- I know this is your most crazy busy tine -- your photos are outstanding -- so impromptu -- I love seeing the nuts and bolts of what you do.

Boston -- what a tragedy -- I'm still sick about it~


Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

Carole! Your photos are amazing! It was fun to find your blog, I didn't realize you had one until I stumbled upon it when 52flea mentioned you. I felt like "I know her!" ;) Fun following you on IG.


Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

Words well spoken...but your right good out weighs the bad...always! Just wanted to come by and say hello,its been far too long..x0

Heaven's Walk said...

Hey Carole ~ Just checking in to see how you're doing since you haven't posted in a while. You're probably busy busy busy with the greenhouse and shop. Hope all is well and that you're enjoying a beautiful summer!!! :)

xoxo laurie

Dorthe said...

Dear Carole,-
I have been thinking about you the last weeks, -wondering id I had lost your blog on my follower!! Today I just had to check on you,-- and no posts since april!!
I wonder if I missed a message, and dearly hope all is well in your world, dear friend ?
Thinking about you, and sending blessings-
Hugs and love, Dorthe