Indian summer


Gaillardia, still hanging on

We seem to be having the weather in November that we should have had in October. It should be 65* today and it’ll remain warm through the weekend. An all-around pleasant thought, and coupled with the election results of yesterday, I am pleased, and hopeful, for the first time in a very long while.

How many of you garden for the pure therapy of it? I swear to you, I have often “retreated” to the yard with tools in hand because it consistently gives me a feeling of accomplishment. As in, “Crap, the economy is a mess and the deficit has quadrupled in the last 4 years and we are enmired in our own Vietnamese war in Iraq and we have draft-dodging idiots running our country, but wow, doesn’t that row of chard look terrific?”

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6 responses to “Indian summer

  1. YES. Absolutely theraputic.

  2. Totally true. I can’t control much, but my flowers are pretty. And it just takes your mind off things.

  3. I garden so I WON’T need therapy. I solve a lot of life’s problems while gardening.

  4. El – How is it that here in the UK the only Americans I meet or e-mail with are Democrats – I have never come across a Republican. Maybe they don’t travel or write? One of the reasons I look at blogs is to protect myself from the knee-jerk anti-Americanism that many people express in Europe.
    Congratulations on the election result – I don’t fully understand the US political system but it can only be to the good.
    Gardening and being outside with birds and bugs is the best switch off time.
    J

  5. Absolutely, yes! Though, all of a sudden, I feel a little less powerless….

    Wonder why that is 🙂

  6. Jane, I was in Paris once and I was wondering why the attitude I got from some of my friend’s friends was so hostile to me (this was on the eve of the first Gulf war)…they assumed I was a Republican, or at least supported George 1st! Oh so wrong, I told them: I had immense respect for him, and for the office, but I absolutely disagreed that we needed to get into THAT war.

    I am not sure why the bloggers and travelers you’ve met are mostly Democratic. I kind of doubt it is an absolute; it may simply be we feel a bit more empowered to speak by the results of this election.

    But I am so glad to hear that you all are “therapeutic gardeners,” too. My mood gets such a boost after I come in from the yard after doing the littlest trifle out there. And of course if I don’t get my gardening time, watch out!

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