The Wheel Turns to the Light
The hollyhock seedlings not only made it through the darkness of winter, but they’re thriving!
Somehow, despite it being winter, the garden is growing! I had Pete Merski and crew out to make cedar paths and dig two big vegetable beds. It came out very well, though things are a little more square than Ted likes. But I will be softening the lines with plants and curved pathlets of steppingstones. Our California garden was always a bit of a metaphor. When I was building up the soil and planting perennials, I was struggling to become a court reporter. The garden filled in and blossomed as I passed my first exam, grew fuller as I developed a successful CART career, and became spectacular as I was finally passing the California Certified Shorthand Reporter exam, surviving my first, awful agency and moving on to success in reporting.
Similarly, I see the garden before me as symbolic of life in Maryland. It’s just bare, nearly raw land that I need to bring things to, energy and know-how and even some outside help. Today is going to be interesting. Ted is off to a conference with his friend and work cohort Matt. I rather wish I were going somewhere for a few days. Pleasant as the house is, I have some end-of-winter cabin fever. But today should be interesting, assuming the weather doesn’t keep me from doing what I want to do. My reporter friend Cassandra is having a first birthday party for her granddaughter; surprised and pleased to be invited! Ted and I were going to go to the Medieval Feast of the Celtic Society of Southern Maryland, a group that interests me. Since he couldn’t go, I asked Matt’s wife Melinda. Don’t know her well, but she seems pleasant. After dropping off Matt this morning, she came in for coffee. Although we didn’t spend a lot of time together, it reinforced my opinion that she is someone I would like to know better. So today should be interesting. I did email someone about an Irish session up in Baltimore, too. Weather permitting, I may visit them tomorrow sans fiddle and see what they’re like.