Thursday, August 30, 2012

I have no pictures of jasmine

And I've never been fond of the name "Johnny Jump-ups"
So instead you get to see my own private preparation against the zombie apocalypse

The variety is called Sunspot and it's like a little baby sunflower (although strangely this guy is easily 3.5 feet tall, not 24") It's growing in a pot. Don't worry, flamingos don't like sunflowers.

But bees do. They like the echinacea too. I am appreciating their attentions because it means my cukes and peppers and tomatoes are getting the bee benefit too. (Grumble, the STILL GREEN tomatoes.)

Still trying to not freak out. Too many things to do. Too much to get rid of. Why did I ever get it all in the first place? Things are so comforting some times. Things are tangible artifacts of a time and place, and the memories associated with that.  But they are not people and they're not that time/place either.

Crazy Aunt Purl once had a post that I cannot find right now about things (actually, many posts about things, and they are all good); it was about how she bought things but never had time to actually enjoy them. It was like she was visiting her things on the weekends. This excellently sums up much of my behavior. When I buy things to make myself feel better, I usually end up visiting those things later. I'm tired of not having thing enjoyment, only acquisition.

Maybe this is to say I'm going to be having an enormous yarn sale Real Soon Now. Actually, it's probably going to be a big blowout crafty sale, because I don't just have a yarn stash, oh no. I think I can safely say my marbling days are over, though (fun, but messy).

And, I've been traveling a lot (sigh) and every time I fly on Alaska I laugh at this safety card picture.

Flying lady! Watch those heels!


fillyjonk said...

I do the buying-stuff-I-only-visit-on-weekends thing too.

Sometimes I wonder if it's a sign of a dysfunctional relationship with myself: like a parent who feels a lot of guilt over not spending time/not treating their child with as much care as they could, they buy them elaborate toys. But instead, I buy yarn I really don't have time to knit up or books I don't have time to read.

alittleweirdo said...

I can totally relate to idea of thing acquisition, and having trouble remembering that getting rid of the thing is not going to get rid of the memory. Maybe we need a support group?
Maybe I can help/participate if you have a yard sale? They always seem like too much work on my own, but maybe we could help each other out.

Knittripps said...

I am trying to get better about not buying things to cheer myself up. It is a hard habit to break.

Kitten said...

Buying stuff sucks. Cuz then you have to dust/wash/care for/store it. Somebody please to tell my husband. (But hands off my stuff!)