Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Sunflowers, Marigolds, and Fresh Air

I wish I have been writing more. I actually have so much to share. Part of me wishes I could unite all of my fabulous blog readers and have them all magically appear at the Charlotte farmhouse for sun tea and garden walks and talks about life and the world on one of my six porches. I am trying to find balance between my crazy world of running a Vermont public relations company and actually enjoying some of the sweet, short, and lovely summer on a Vermont farm. And all while learning my trusty computer has crashed and I now need to purchase another one, transfer files, upload programs and all the fun that goes along with that. While trying to take Fridays off to enjoy my life but finding that very hard to do.

But, being out here with my tremendous garden and eating from it every day, working at home with my cats by my side, and watching love grow with my sweet Mitch make it all still very worth it. What comes around goes around and the energy I put forth will come back. Perhaps I should pick a weekend next summer and invite Vermont Vibers and enthusiasts from near and far to come for a weekend of reality, communication, and life at the farmhouse. Then I would be chosen for a Seven Daisies Best Blog for sure!!!

Today was a stress - between finding out my computer has been driven to its deathbed and discouragement in the world of public relations - as positive as I try to be. While driving back to Charlotte from a day in the big Vermont city, I passed a farm on Spear Street with a huge sunflower field and a Pick Your Own Sunflower sign - for free and by donation I believe. While I didn't stop, but almost turned around, I did smile and think had a tear in my eye at some of the simplest of beauty in the world. My cousin is visiting this weekend and I decided a pick your own sunflower was very in order for us gals.

It also made me think of something else. A little farther down Spear Street as you actually get into East Charlotte (my hood) is Trudi's Nursery. Yesterday I got a note on the Front Porch Forum that they had closed for the season and all leftover plants were outside for free to good homes. I didn't have a chance to go when the pickins were good and now I know why - I was meant to go after seeing the sunflowers to save a plant or two from possible death. (What I couldn't do for my computer?:) Sure enough were two withering six packs of marigolds and nothing else. And now I will save them - after I turn off my backup computer of course.

But before I do that - the remainder of my drive filled me with thoughts about an email I received a few days ago from the Fresh Air Fund asking me - as a popular blogger in the freshest and greenest state ever! - to help spread the word that they are in need of some host families for 200 children this summer. More info is at http://freshair.smnr.us/. I am a big fan of the Fresh Air Fund and I cannot imagine living in a city and not being in the fresh air we have up here in Vermont. And if I could actually pull away from work before 9 o'clock at night and not work so much overtime, I could actually consider it - one day as the cycle of energy comes full circle for me I can. Please consider and share with others - it's one of the better programs out there - nothing cures the blues like a blue sky, sunflowers, and marigolds.


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It's one dollar per sunflower!

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