BLOG – GIFT DAY 209 :: oregon weed

28 Jul
It still smells like a BBQ over here.
Except the smell of smoke is wafting through the air, as if the entire mountain is being grilled up for dinner. Red smoke clouds abound. The fire is still churning.
I guess this goes with this new territory of living in Oregon. With the beautiful outdoors comes the reality of hot summer days, lightning strikes upon the dry ground.Along with the other slight nuances of this new town and new state.

For one thing, I have never seen so many advertisements on television for medical marijuana in my life. Like, really. These are serious “come on down and see us!” ads created by some small advertising shop with weak ad copy and shaky video footage.

But still. At first I was totally shocked… “They are selling marijuana on TV?”
It’s so commonplace even I am starting to ignore them and have stopped staring at the TV screen with my jaw wide open.

So many new features about this new (and so far lovely) life in Oregon.

The strangest, hands down, being that I now play in the dirt! Says the girl who avoids (at all costs) anything that makes her clothes dirty.

But that was then.
And this is now….

The garden is teaching me so  much about real life …like the importance of weeds.

Not “WEED” but rather weeding.

I am learning the secret so many others already know…

You have to pull early. Get ’em before the get you.

If you don’t stay on top of it you could end up on your hands and knees pulling weeds at the roots, and dodging all the spiders that live in between.

It’s an analogy to life, really, isn’t it?

What you let fester grows.

What you don’t deal with drives deep roots into the ground.

Nature, I am learning, is a reflection of our real life. Weeds are just as destructive as unhealthy relationships, bad jobs, poor decisions. They all wreak havoc on your garden.

And we have to pull those weeds, while they still look like tiny sprouts – no matter which or what it is (see paragraph above).

Because weeds take energy and resources away from the thing you really want to grow — the fruit and flowers of your labor.

Now excuse me, I need to go clean the dirt out of my fingernails.

Ha! Who would ever guess I would write that sentence?  (And that’s your hint for the card of the day)

More tomorrow.

Lovemore {fearless}
P.S. This is all made possible by Green Ink Gallery. Check out their beautiful fine art cards!P.P.S. Yesterday’s Card….If you guessed that it went to Brian Holub, you are correct! He was our beloved vet on the East Coast (and is still our beloved cousin!).P.P.P.S. Thanks for the photos Justin! The garden and these photos would have never happened without you.
{where can you pull some weeds?}

8 Responses to “BLOG – GIFT DAY 209 :: oregon weed”

  1. Diane Neal Emmons July 28, 2013 at 9:06 PM #

    One thing is certain – you’re not a weed – we don’t want to pull you out of our lives – no matter where you are!

    • Jamie July 28, 2013 at 9:07 PM #

      Ah, thank you, and you are such a flower!

  2. Janet Shea July 28, 2013 at 9:17 PM #

    What a lovely analogy Jamie! And always a good reminder to quickly weed out the bad and treasure the good 🙂

    • Jamie July 29, 2013 at 7:26 AM #

      Oh, yes, good point… treasure the good!

  3. Kelly D. July 29, 2013 at 3:53 AM #

    Beautiful sunflowers! So cheerful! I need to be pulling weeds in my own garden. Then I need to get real serious about the “weeds” that have been allowed to grow between my step-daughters and me. What we ignore doesn’t just go away, right! Or, like you said…”what we let fester grows.” Thanks. I needed to read this today.

    • Jamie July 29, 2013 at 7:27 AM #

      Good weeding to you 😉 By the way Kelly, your AMAZINGLY appropriate and beautiful card arrived…. love those raspberries! Love you dearly!

  4. passionistaatlarge July 29, 2013 at 8:38 AM #

    I love how you, and your garden, are growing! Dirt is really good for the soul.

    • Jamie July 29, 2013 at 8:03 PM #

      I love that — dirt is good for the soul!

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