Friday, March 26, 2010

Malaise Personified

I can't believe how long I've been away.  But when my blogging fans start hunting me down it is time to get my butt in gear and get out of whatever gear you would call molasses.  Everyday now for several weeks I have told myself  "go blog".  Everyday I answered myself with "I'll do it tomorrow."  When I began answering to the name Scarlet, I knew the gig was up.

I believe I have been in a malaise...not really a funk, not really depression (I don't have manic/depressive periods...just manic.)  I was like a well fed cat, content to piddle around doing not much of nothing, napping in the afternoon, watching my new addiction, Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the evenings and now here is something you will find hard to believe...I've only played three or maybe four games of Scrabble with my pal Lee in the past several weeks.  Why she hasn't called out the dogs on me, I have no clue.

                        
But now here we are in the beginning of Spring, the greenhouse is loaded with plants (to get your own, for 99 bucks, free shipping, go here ( http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=greenhouse&_sacat=0&_odkw=greenhouse+kit&_osacat=0&_trksid=p3286.c0.m270.l1313 )  and Mac has been turning over the garden space and suddenly, I'm alive.  I think I may have been keeping that darned rodent, Phil company in his den.  I knew we were in trouble when he saw his shadow...I've been here before.  It's not a new condition, but one I promise myself not to visit to often.  So, today I return to the place I love the best, and offer some pictures up as a mea culpa to show why we call our place Orchard Cottage.  Then I'm going visiting, I've missed my friends.  First, here are the plum and peach trees all in bloom...followed by the pear and Victoria Plums...and the most spectacular flower in our garden...the Arianna Lily...all dressed in blue








I gave Mac a small green house for his birthday, and he has taken full advantage of its abilities...he has grown everything from seed and we have so many varieties of tomatoes it is umseemly...  










He is in and out of his new found paradise so much that I've decided that all he needs is a small cot out there to make his world complete!  

43 comments:

Kathy's Klothesline said...

A green house! I am so jealous! I would express my desire for one, but am afraid that he who plumbs would begin to"build' one and then it would be yet another unfinished project. I know what you mean about your malaise. I have some days that I would be perfectly happy to see or hear from no-one. But ..... the sun is shining today and the dirt is calling my name....

Vee said...

You've caught me in the middle of a self-imposed "commenting freeze," but I must comment if only to say it is wonderful to see a post here. I've fretted and stewed and even called once, but at some point, one must allow others to live their lives. You needed time. Hope for our sakes that you've had all the time that you need. Clever gal to give Mac a greenhouse, especially seeing all that he's been achieving with it.

Carver said...

Your garden looks great with the fruit trees in bloom. I have a greenhouse I used to start all my plants in and grow potted plants all winter but the last few years I've been lazy and haven't done what I used to. I got a lot of good out of mine though since I had it built around 1996 and I used it all the time for well over 10 years. That's a great gift you gave your husband.

Anya said...

I'm happy you are back
and healthy
(I was a little worried) !!!

I think your hubby is happy now
LOL

Have a wonderful relaxing weekend
:-)

Donna said...

Love the pictures sweetie! And YES we were getting concerned!!!!
Glad you snapped Out Of IT in time foe Spring!!Hahaa...Get up and get busy! Looks like Hubby will have something for you to do before too long!!Hahaa
(((HUG)))

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Hello Sandi - it is good to see you back. I have missed you so glad to know all is well with you.

Love all your pictures especially the one of Arianna - beautiful. A x

bj said...

OMGosh...I want that little greenhouse...BAD. Where in the world did you get it? I seriously want one...and have wanted one forever. Didn't realize they built them this small.
Thanks for coming by...I've missed ya!!
hugs, bj
Oh, and my email is bjconklin@xanadoo.com ...I sure would appreciate any info on this little jewel....:)The greenhouse...not your hubby!! :-))
Well, I don't know..he looks like a pretty good jewel, too !! I've got one, tho and i don't have a greenhouse!! heh heh heh

lailani said...

Arianna is beautiful!

Love the spring bloom pictures (as you might imagine!). I think the bogging down of the ability to blog is called winter! I have been much slower about posting or being even in bloggy land. I have been hibernating in other areas of the house - particulary in the kitchen or what little bit of down time, in front of the TV :)

Glad to see you moving around!

cheshire wife said...

It is good to see the trees coming out into blossom at last - everything is late here. I am itching to get out into the garden but first we have some jobs to finish off in the cottage.

Lovely photo of your grand daughter.

Terri and Bob said...

Totally love the greenhouse. What can you tell me about it? I need one! Good to see your trees in bloom. I saw the tiniest redbuds on our trees this morning!

Jeanne said...

Now that Angel would keep me on the couch for hours so I can understand your absence but Spring is sprung so good for you to take a breath and rejoin us! {{HUGS}}

Pam said...

sometimes you just have to take a break from the blog. I go through periods of time like that too. Glad you're back though and wasn't sick or anything. Happy Spring!

Jeni said...

Sure is good to see a post up here from you as I was getting worried when I realized I hadn't seen anything from you in quite a while. Just glad that you or Mac weren't sick and that you've just been busying yourself with some of your other favorite things in life -like gardening and of course, your beautiful granddaughter too!
Don't stay away this long ever again though. Okay?

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Award for you over at mine!

Denise said...

Oh OH oH !!!!!! I want I want I want! The greenhouse makes me GREEN with envy!!!!!!!! I think I will have one next year.... We are planting a garden this year and next year hope to have something like that also...... Glad you are back and I ALWAYS enjoy coming here..... Life is too fast and not enough time to fit it all in...... BUT I so enjoy the blog when I can!

Sending Spring blessings..

i beati said...

that time of funkiness was your body reprogramming itself I think. I go there in hot summer. I love the promise of Spring and isn't your girl a doll?? God gives us such gifts in Spring and such appreciation and praise as well..go girl

Finding Pam said...

I am glad that you are back. Lovely photos. Now go play with your dirt!

Mary said...

Nice to see you back on form. We too have bought a little greenhouse and have plans to plant this weekend as Spring seems to have finally decided to arrive here.i will blog about it soon !!!!

Lee said...

Well, heck, Sandi! I figured you'd respond to my latest email as soon as you found a moment. I'd thought you were: 1) out in the garden, 2) having lots of company, and 2) maybe spending time with Arianna. So now I'm not going to call the dogs out on your but I am going to call.

Lovely greenhouse. It does indeed look like it's put to good use. I'm surprised that it isn't overflowing but I guess Mac likes an orderly shop. :-)

Well, I'm sitting here and listening to your playlist so I guess it's time to find out when we can play Scrabble. Glad someone dug you out of your laid back and do nothing much zone.

Love,
Lee

jinksy said...

I think blogging goes in cycles, just as the seasons do. You can't push roses to boom in winter, any more than you can force a blogpost during a dormant phase. Best to go with the flow at all times...Energies of plants and humans need to recoup before flowering anew!

Pondside said...

Welcome back! I'd check every so often to find out what was going on with you and then got the brilliant idea of becoming a follower - then I'd be sure to get notice of when you stirred.
Love that greenhouse - great concept for a man-cave!

Mickle in NZ said...

Now you know the first place to look when Mac goes A.W.O.L. Just hope the cats don't discover how cosy it is in there.

I'm raising seeds for cauliflower, broccoli, various asian greens and spinach as they will grow over winter here - we don't get snow in Wellington. Fall here is still quite warm.

Love and huggles to you, Mac and all the kittycats,

Michelle and Zebbycat

Moannie said...

I have been down and dormant too...with me it is because of the cold. Just so happy to see you back again and with a lovely garden to pamper.

Akelamalu said...

Love that greenhouse! I want one!

Welcome back and thanks for your kind comment whilst I've been absent Sandi. x

♥ Boomer ♥ said...

Inspiring! We need to get our tomato plants in their pots (no sunny spot in our yard, so they line the driveway). I think a lot of us have been caught up more in living lately than blogging or commenting. I'm just glad to read something from you again.

Merisi said...

So good to hear from you again, Sandi! :-)

Love Mac's Little Green House,
adorable!

imbeingheldhostage said...

A cot just might make you a very lonely woman ;-) I love that green house, and Arianna L. looks so lovely!
Enjoy your Spring visiting, Sandi :-)

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

I was wondering where you were...and now I know. I think you've been doing time in that little green cabin with Mac! What a neat gift...that just goes on giving.

Love the blue lily!

NitWit1 said...

WE are traveling in NC this week and will foray into SC for one day to see husband's brotherin Lake City who is reportedly not doing well.

We missed his sister's husband's funeral because of a lot of unfortunate but funny mishaps between AR and NC.

Will be blogging about it.

Jana said...

Remember me? =) Just wanted to touch base and say hi.

Jana

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

Happy Easter!!!!

Jay said...

Aaah, the rising sap of spring finally banishes the winter doldrums! LOL!

I'm still in mine, I'm afraid. Maybe I'll wait till the tulips are out.

diney said...

Me again - Diney from oldermumsarefun
Thank you for your comment on mine, and it was lovely to hear of the age gap your sis has in her family. There are quite a lot of us around! Happy Easter

Kat said...

Yeah! So glad to see you blog again sweet friend. I've missed you.

Hugs!
Kat

Anya said...

Have a

H_A_P_P_Y

E_A_S_T_E_R

Kareltje =^.^=
Anya & Family

Wanda @ Just Vintage said...

I's awfully easy to get out of the blogging habit, isn't it? And I speak from experience. Try not to stay away so long next time!

Tara said...

Hi Sandi

I've been like you, just putzing around...good for the soul, I think!

Happy Easter! May you enjoy a day of peace and comfort with your family! :0)

NeereAnDear said...

LOL on your blogging friends "hunting" you down.....thats a nice way of putting it .... hehehe

WELCOME BACK!!! Glad to see you are enjoying spring ...me too... great new beginning...

By the way I gave you a shout out a few posts ago... missing you ...

Wanted to stop by and wish you and yours a HAPPY EASTER!!

LOTS OF HUGS
JO

Donna said...

Happy Easter Friend!!!
hughugs

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

I poked my head in the greenhouse and said hi to Mac. And so glad to see you blossoming too after your snooze with Phil...:)

Suldog said...

Lovely to see that you've resumed blogging! Missed you!

Anna said...

Sandi that is cute: ' a small cot out there to make his world complete!', actually this is a very nice bday gift. Glad you are back, sometimes we just need break, or change for a while. Happy gardening. Anna :)

Beth P. said...

Sandi--
Where are you? I'm missing you!!