Sunday, June 24, 2007

When weak, focus on the sunflowers

These are just the sunflowers I get to look at when I do the dishes. There are also a vase of them on my windowsill and lots more waiting to be harvested at the farm. When I get my better camera this blog may become only about the sunflowers.

Earlier focusing on the long, neck and neck chess game between Nicolas and Jesse (rather than on Nicolas having gotten Jesse's sickness, with me feeling the beginning...) Piles of laundry are finished. I hear laughter from the kids' room. Nicolas moves inside so as to not see the gutters that need cleaning and has dropped onto the couch. Finally, he relaxes! An hour later, Gillen comes in from the yard with good news. Two avacado pits have rooted in the compost pile. I can throw out that fourth unsuccessful attempt to root a pit in a glass of water that is sitting on my window sill. We have discovered the secret and will have more avacado trees after all.

I am not getting much checked off the stuff-to-do list. The vacuum sits waiting upstairs. What are we going to have for dinner? We heard another story this morning about the disappearing bees. Now I know the name. It's called "colony collapse disorder" and 35 states are affected. Without bees we will lose one out of every three fruits and vegetables - cucumbers, cherries, onions, pumpkins, apples...

Time to refocus on the sunflowers. Just for today, just until I have succeeded in not getting sick. Just while they are still so pretty. Back to the bees story (and the vacuuming) when I'm stronger...

4 comments:

littlepurplecow said...

How could you not love doing the dishes at your house?

Madeline said...

I actually do love doing dishes - even without the sunflowers. I don't even mind laundry or counters. I procrastinate (even when not feeling weak) vacuuming and putting laway laundry. And toilets. Nicolas loves to clean. I am a lucky woman.

Kimba said...

I just bought sunflowers at the Dekalb Farmer's Market (first year we haven't grown any in a long time) Saturday night. They were huge... the same height as Lucy. Speaking of Lucy, Sunday am she pulled the petals off of three of them and made sunflower soup; Taran is using one as a staff and I have the head of one (sounds gruesome) floating in a bowl of water.

Madeline said...

Kimba, I love your kids.