Earworm

A few days back the Daily Prompt was “earworm”. I’m late with it now but I found this today scribbled in one of my notebooks from last October.

A grey November day in October

Having run the race

Now taking the air with Edith Piaf in my ear

That’s it. That’s all for today.

The Little Things

I had a swimming coach who used to tell the team to “do the little things right.” The notion being that the rest will take care of itself. I figure this applies well to most of life.

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My little things this morning involved:  raking gravel off the lawn that the snowplow had spewed there over winter; dealing with the buckets, lids and spigots still hanging around (literally) from when we tapped the maples; planting garlic, onion and shallot bulbs; and tidying up the front flower garden. All exceptionally little things in the grand scheme.

The rest of my day will also be a series of seemingly mundane tasks like laundry, getting the mail, feeding the dogs. The highlight will likely be a trip out to buy steel-toed boots.

But all these little things reflects a big thing – slowing down and tending to home. I have learned to love the little things and let the rest take care of itself.

Spring Thyme

“Daisies smell-less, yet most quaint,

And sweet thyme true,

Primrose first born child of Ver,

Merry Spring-time’s harbinger

– Francis Beaumont

By all official counts Spring has arrived. Apparently it’s been here for over two weeks although it wasn’t until last Sunday that I began to be slightly convinced. After seeing the first robin of the season I let my guard down against the remaining snow and icy patches hiding in the shade on the north side of the house.

Today clinched it though.

The snow that had covered my raised herb garden beds just last weekend is long gone so  I was able to get at them and clean up what I’d left undone last Fall. With gloves on and rake in hand I eagerly pulled out withered annuals and plucked out gravel the snowplow had spit into the garden over the winter.

That’s when I discovered my Spring Thyme. With a bit of scuffing up and loosening of soil the two little plants I had put in last summer perked up nicely. Their fresh and pungent aroma a delight. (I can still smell it now.)

Thyme kept us company in plenty of soups and other savory dishes on many winter evenings but making its re-acquaintance in the garden today under the bright mid-afternoon sun proved Spring is really here.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Color

I really love color and lots of it so I was excited to do this photo challenge. Oddly though, once I got started on my gallery I found myself drawn to soft hues and subdued tones. Maybe it’s due to the late arrival of Spring. Whatever the reason, here’s my take on color for today.