Thursday, May 16, 2013

Wind Work and Blackberry Winters


    It's after ten p.m. and I'm thinking about going to bed. My son tells me that he prepares to go to bed by thinking about sleeping and how good the bed is going to feel and just in general gets his head around the act of sleeping before actually getting into the bed. He is, he says, asleep as his head hits the pillow. I'm not sure if his father prepares himself the same way, I just know that by the time I am ready to start thinking about going to bed, he is already way ahead of me, sound asleep. While I am lying cocooned with my blankets and pillows, I do wind work. That is what my grandmother, Ms. Nancy Douglas, known by us as Mammy, called it. Wind work. Wind, as in that unseen entity (only seen if it contains leaves, sands or fluttering birds in its thrall). Work, the thing our hands and minds do when they can't be still. Why I've built patios and retaining walls with my wind work as I lie abed, waiting on the quieting of my spirit to allow me to sleep. I've designed gardens and planted bulbs, I've outlined complete areas ready for planting and envisioned the pruning of the trees.  I have written the Great American Novel, revised it, spell checked it and retitled it.  This is wind work.  Pretty soon I am relaxed enough to allow my body to slip into that healing coma of sleep and prepare me for another day of joy in the garden.

     Last April I had some pretty serious surgery on my left foot called a Pantalar Fusion.  I had to keep my foot  and leg elevated by laying flat on my back for the first three months.  No weight was allowed on it til October.  It was a miserable summer.  With Mac having to wait on me hand and foot (pun intended) he had no time for my flower beds.  He did work that garden pretty though.  So this spring finds me reclaiming my flower beds, clearing the patio and planting...and this is not wind work,this is back breaking manual labor.  I am loving every second of it, though.  The Iris are blooming, thanks to my weeding and loosening of the soil around them.  They were nearly to deep to bloom until I pulled a lot of the surrounding soil from around the tubar.
.  The beautiful sweet faced pansy has always been a favorite of mine and I plant them with the ever fierce Snapdragon.  They complement each other so well.  Our friends Billy Eddins and Letha Moore were over a couple of Saturday's ago and Billy mentioned that we were having a Blackberry winter.  I remember hearing this as a child...it means a cold snap while the blackberries are blooming...and are they ever blooming!  The temperature that morning was a brisk 41 degrees.  In other words, cold!  The roses have enjoyed the longer than usual Spring...as have I.  


     Well, I think I might be ready to go to bed now.  Wind work is calling...lets see what visions I can call up.

13 comments:

Vee said...

Do you enjoy that time you call wind work? It sounds as if you may. I would be miserable as doing that kind of work means hours without sleep. It is a good year for the spring shrubs that love these cooler temps. Pretty roses...so glad that you are out in the yard working in your flower beds again!

Pondside said...

Now, that's a good term for it! Like you, I engage in Wind Work (til now, I called it Monkey Brain) almost every night. Like you, I have written The Great Canadian Novel and built several houses, furnished and decorated them. I have also completed summer cottages, taken river cruises, planned weddings and christenings and sorted my entire wardrobe - all from under my duvet!

Hilary said...

Wind work is never done. ;) I'm glad you're feeling much better this summer, Sandi. Your flowers are looking lovely.

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Pauline said...

Love the notion of wind work. I might actually look forward to it now that it's renamed something so charming, though I think I'll give your son's practice a try first!

Thanks for you kind comment on my blog.

Lee said...

Windwork is a lovely concept. I used to have a hard time dropping off, but now days I read and play music till my mind is nearly aslep and it's too hard to hold the kindle apped phone upright. Sometimes I fall asleep with it lying facedown on my chest. Lovely post Sandi!

Love,
Lee

Donna said...

Hope you had a good sleep!
Sorry you had such a hard Summer but the flowers are Still gorgeous!!
hughugs

Maggie May said...

Wind work is a charming thing to do. It may wake a person rather that make them sleepy though.
I suppose it depends on how hard the work is!
Maggie x

Nuts in May

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Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

I have never heard of the term before...but do a lot of 'wind work' myself! So glad you are back to gardening...and all those other things that one need feet for.

i beati said...

I'm dreaming of your flowers as I sleep

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