Sunday, May 30, 2010

To Blog, or Not to Blog...

I don't seriously think that's the question, but I realize I haven't done this for a while. I spend more time on Facebook than I do blogging, and, since few of my students read my blog this past spring, I just stopped posting.

I thought about it yesterday, and then, this morning, a former student asked me if I still blogged. I have gotten used to the short status updates on FB, and usually don't think about writing anything more than a few sentences long, unless I'm working on a poem or novel.

So, what's been going on? Too much to summarize here, really. Besides a truly busy spring semester, my dad's surgery, and gardening, not much else. I haven't planned anything beyond next weekend, but maybe I'll get in a few trips this summer to Houston and Austin. Maybe I'll be able to persuade my family members to take a trek back to Durango. Maybe not.

But here's what I worked on this morning--the "bottle gardens." My friends saved their beer and wine bottles for me so I could use them to edge my gardens. I think they look good.

This is the "flower garden." It has a camellia bush, black-eyed Susans, irises, wandering Jew, an Esperanza bush, some other plants my sister gave me (one of which is called a "butterfly" bush), sweet William, zinnias and sunflowers.

I call this one the "vegetable" garden, but only one side of it has vegetables--right now, cabbage, one lettuce plant, strawberries, tomatoes, squash, raspberries and blueberries, and a potato plant. I might have a few onions, but something has chewed the tops off of them.

That's what I've been doing--planting plants, seeds and bottles! And learning to use my new chainsaw and mowing the grass. Exciting, huh?

1 comment:

Chaos ReDefined said...

Ms. Smith,

It has been a while since we've spoken and hopefully you will still remember an old English student. Oh, how I did love your class!!

Btw, love your bottle garden!! What a great idea to recycle and make something so interesting and beautiful.

Sadly, my little flower bed here in my new home (in Virginia) is not nearly as large as I want. I do have a lovely selection of daisies, butterfly bushes, lilies, rose bushes, petunias, day lilies, and much more! Next on my list is to replant my morning glories on my new trellis.

Well, enough rambling. Hope you are doing well. I am starting my blog again. Feel free to check it out!