After Saturday's frost, it indeed was 'Closing Time' for the garden! Monday proved to be a likely candidate with crisp blue skies, sunshine and a whopping... 60 degrees! It is always a sad time for me! Time for you to go... There is some degree of solace in trimming back the herb bed though. Some die-hard gardeners would scold me for always wearing gloves in the garden (I can't help it that I have wimpy hands and LOTS of Roses!). I DO work in my herbies without gloves on though. The smells! The feel of the leaves! With a bowl at my side for snippings of the green growies to be dried, I made it through the entire Herb Bed - chives, parsley, oregano, mint, lemon balm, tarragon, horehound, marjoram, basil - all gone. ...move it to the exits
I find working in the garden is a perfect time to gather my thoughts, and Monday was no exception. OCT. 21 is a very significant date on my calendar, and today is the Ten Year mark. It's not something me and my 'circle of friends/family' often discuss, but it is always right under the surface. 10-21-98: I was a designer climbing the 'professional' ladder. On my way home from a job, my little Cavalier was hit on the driver's side by a Moving Truck that ran a red light. Coma... TBI... yadda, yadda. I'm told that the SAMANTHA WHO tv show is more accurate than most of my family/friends would like to remember - in regards to the memory loss - luckily mine only spanned a couple of weeks prior! It's been a long haul, but I've come a long way, and started CHAPTER 2 in my life!! Sure there is some residue that I (and my family/friends) have just had to learn to deal with & compensate for ( double vision, chronic fatigue, tremors, etc...) - but at least they aren't wiping the drool off my chin anymore!! (a longstanding joke that I will probably never live down!!). As the ZEN / YOGA saying goes... "When you fight for your limitations, your reward is that you get to keep them!" I am just thankful for my family/friends who gave me the will/strength to fight AGAINST my limitations!!