Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Transforming Hours

While I enjoy gardening on the weekends, one of my favorite things to do with the late afternoon until sunset hours is work on our garden.  It's the time when I can play some music and get some small projects done that give me more free time on the weekend - even if I spend all that gardening too!

I love this time of the year because the temperatures are cool enough to still wear pants, and the bugs still haven't multiplied to the point where being out at that time is physically dangerous.  And, on an evening like tonight, the combination of the low clouds and sunset lead to a sky full of ever-changing colors.  Add a half-moon, and it's sublime.

This evening, I had a project to complete over by the fire pit.  We decided to use a Lowe's gift card to pick up some Clematis plants, and we decided to put them in front of metal trellis's that have been standing bare for 2 years.  In order to do this, I had to find the nearby irrigation pipe, and run 2gph drips out to them.  Still a bit concerned about how much is enough with these plants. 

While working, I was listening to Widespread Panic - a show from earlier this spring in Washington DC.  Wilson and Sunshine were hanging out with me, but so was this gray cat on the nearby 6-foot fence.  He was just chillin and hanging on top of the fence.  I swear he was listening to the music.

I think part of the magic for me is just having a few hours to think about dirt, and the sky, and water, and cats - just about anything other than what fills my work day.  It's my time to give my brain a chance to rejuvenate and get back to normal.  I can feel the difference between days when I just work into the evening - it completely changes my mood.

I think my focus for the summer is to try to do this as often as possible.

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