There comes a time in every Alaskan’s year when the transition from outside pursuits to inside pursuits takes place. Depending on the weather, it can be in October, September, or in the case of this year, June. We’ve had a record year of consecutive rainy days (I feel your pain Seattle, Brazil, England). Then cloudy. Now cold. So I feel cheated about the whole summer gardening season. Since I have transitioned to the inside stuff (whether I want to or not) it seems appropriate to mark the occasion with something I can do indoors.
Bangchik, a garden blogger growing all kinds of unheard of vegetables (in the cold, frozen north of Alaska at least) in Malaysia, has kindly asked me to stop shivering long enough to list 10 Things I Love. I don’t usually take time for online games, but what else is there to do? Certainly nothing outside at the moment. The containerized Phormium in residence agreed with my assessment of the now cold nights outside and was dropped off at the nursery’s balmy greenhouse for the winter on Friday. I asked if they had room for me but the price was too exorbitant, so here I am. Batten down your tarps and put on your quiviut hats because we’re off:
1. Italian leather shoes. It all started with one pair, justified because of the sale price and an upcoming wedding in the family. Now I have to move into a home with a bigger closet. And the LFG hubby is talking about getting a side job at the gas station. I may be wearing rubber boots or flip flops six days of the week in summer, but watch out on Sunday when I get the peep toed heels out. Ka-zam!
2. Chubby kid cheeks, preferably clean ones.
3. Sunshine on the couch, warming it to the perfect temperature for napping. Do I ever get a chance for that nap? Usually the first five minutes, then “ring, ring” or “mommy!” Someday my nap will come.
4. Crunchy dill pickles. Absolutely no sweet or squishy ones.
5. A good hair day. I think possibly this falls in with numero uno in being mostly a woman thing. Men, am I wrong?
6. Ornamental grasses like Nassella tenuissima, backlit in the autumn sun.
7. Hearing people I love laugh, most likely at me. They say they’re laughing with me, of course.
8. Front yard gardens: unique, funky, vegetable, jungle-like, anything goes as long as it’s not just lawn and one shrub. (Though I must say, I don’t care for the broken down cars or blue tarps adorning some front yard “gardens” here in Alaska.)
9. Being done with housework…for the moment anyway. I can hear the dust settling as I type.
10. To my shame, cheesy music like ABBA, Bee Gees, etc. “If you change your mind, I’m the first in line. Honey, I’m still free. Take a chance on meeeee.”
Am I the only one who loves having a good hair day? Maybe the infrequency of such a thing makes it that much more precious, sort of like a non-rainy day this summer. My hair often has twigs or a stray bug in it during the gardening season, so the bar is set pretty low. Pathetic or empowering, you decide.
What do you love/hate on my list? Please don’t tell me I’m the only one with a few cheesy CD’s lying around….