Thursday, May 24, 2012

Springtime Flurry of Activity

Living in limbo is no fun.  We have listed out house to sell so we can move to a town forty miles north of us.  It is my hometown, so in some ways, I will be going home.  We have even found the house we want to buy and have put money on it in a contingency offer.  After making the decision to move, I found it hard to approach my garden in the same way as I usually do this time of year.

Certainly, there was much spring clean-up to do in preparation to putting the house on the market, so out I went with my trimmers, my shovel, and my weed digging tools.  Once I got started digging in the dirt, I didn't really want to stop.  Suddenly, I felt so much better than I had all winter.  I tell you, pulling weeds is good for the soul.

One thing led to another.  I really did have to transplant a few things.  I just couldn't let the flower beds remain so overgrown with perennials that need to be transplanted.  Then, there were the delphiniums.  I really had planted them in the wrong spot.  They always looked lovely in the spot I had chosen for them surrounding the birdbath, but the wind catches them and whips them about so that their tall stalks end up on the ground.  They really did need to be moved to a more protected spot in the yard.
Garden 2011

Once, the transplanting was done, I decided the beds needed some annuals.  Having some flowers in pots, and adding annuals to borders as I always do would only add to the "curb appeal" of the house.  Once I stepped into a nursery, it was all over.  I had to load up the car with plants to bring home and plant.  There is nothing more satisfying than spending a day digging in the dirt and planting annuals.  I also planted some more herbs and even a few tomato plants.
Black-eyed Susans
Garden 2011

Garden 2011
After all that flurry of activity of bending, digging, stretching, and lifting, I had to make a visit to the chiropractor, but my mental state is great.  My physical state is also great except for those places where I feel my age.

We have had a flurry of activity in showing our house also.  So far, there have been no offers.  How could anyone not just love this place?  I guess the right family for this house just haven't seen it yet.  I am hopeful, but I am not getting my hopes up in this economy.  This causes us to really feel like we are living in a state of being betwixt and between.
Garden 2011

I could not spent this spring in limbo.  I may be selling this place.  It is up for sale, but it is still my home.  I still live here.  I love sitting and looking at my flowers.  I haven't stopped making plans for what I want to plant where.  This makes it hard to move on to a new place in many ways, but I don't know when that will happen, so while I am here, I will continue to bloom where I am planted.
Pope John Paul II
Garden 2011
Don't you just love the rose above?  It truly is a beautiful rose.  You can read more about it by clicking on the name of rose.  It was a Mother's Day Gift a few years ago from my oldest son and his family.


I will be taking a short break from blogging.  
I will be back to blog land sometime next week.
Enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend.


Linda Reeder said...

Once you get accustomed to having "soil on your hands", planting is in the blood. You can't not plant, something, anything. It's what you must do in spring.
Being in limbo will be difficult. Eventually it will pass. You are right to continue to make your home yours as long as it is.

Jeanie said...

Digging in the dirt is good for the soul, isn't it? And good for you -- I've been doing the limbo thing, too and decided that this weekend (weather permitting) we'll hit the nursery and begin pulling weeds and digging up. Your coleus container is especially lovely -- aren't they pretty?

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and enjoy every second of your break. And good luck with the house! I know it will work out perfectly.

Beth said...

I do understand what you are going through. When I put my house on the market it sold in 5 days and so then I had to move like a whirlwind to get things ready. It will all fall into place for you. For now, enjoy your beautiful flowers.

DJan said...

No, living in limbo is no fun. But I'm so happy you have decided to enjoy your garden as usual. The plants and flowers are so beautiful, and as you said, working in the garden good for your soul if not for your back. :-)

Jeanie said...

Oh Sally, I hope a buyer comes along soon. In the meantime it sounds like you will have beautiful gardens to enjoy while you wait. I"m glad you did the planting that brings so much joy to you.

Maggie May said...

Weeding is good for the soul but bad for the back! So my body keeps reminding me. Most of the things I want to do irritate my arthritis.

Hoping you sell very soon and get your chosen house.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Olga said...

I am glad you decided to go ahead and plant. The aches and pains are inevitable, but the rewards are so many. The right buyer will come along, but you are right to enjoy your home in the meantime.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Sally, I don't blame you... It's your house and you can't just sit there in limbo waiting for it to sell. When the right family comes along, it will sell. In the meantime, keep doing the things you love to do....

Have a nice blog break. I'm taking one also.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend--and stay cool (going to be almost 90 here).. Yipes!!!

Rita said...

I'm glad gardening and getting your hands in the soil is therapeutic for you. Yes--bloom where you are planted. :) Enjoy the holiday weekend!!

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

My hubby says I'm never happier than when I'm up to my elbows in manure. I totally understand why you are blooming and planting, and I'm glad it is helping you feel better. Good luck with your house.

Arkansas Patti said...

I am so happy you are getting your hands dirty. It may be hard on the body but it sure does the soul wonders.
Had to laugh at your garden store episode. Isn't that the truth? Plants are my potato chips, I can't plant just one.
Enjoy your break and trust that the right person to buy your house is just one corner away.

Linda Myers said...

It's still your place, and your dirt. Enjoy it.

Barb said...

Glad you had some garden therapy, Sally! Enjoy the fruits of your labor as long as you're there. Have a good vacation.

Chatty Crone said...

My goodness - you sure do love that garden don't you? sandie

Joanne said...

Beautiful flowers. My Husband took over gardening duty and I was left with planting the annuals. I miss being in charge of it all, but darn it all if he doesn't do a better job than I ever did! Have a good break enjoy your weekend!
Blessings, Joanne

Mage said...

So sorry you are moving, but you will love your coming home again. Just lovely flowers.

Dee said...

Dear Sally, I so appreciate what you mean by being "betwixt and between" when the house is on the market. I am also trying to sell the house in which I've lived for three years. I want to return to Minnesota although I don't have a place there picked out.

I've had little "traffic" (the realtor's word) since putting the house on the market on Thursday April 26--just two couples. This house has no basement and here in what is called "Tornado Alley" most buyers want a basement.

But like you, I still find things to do to make this house into my home for as long as I'm here.
Good luck with selling!


rosaria williams said...

Well, you got your mental therapy and embellished the yard as well! Be patient, real estate is still slow. But, as with any transaction, someone will show up at your door step and find those flower beds irresistible. I do hope things move along with both houses, and that you end up paying only one mortgage at a time!
Happy weekend.

KathyA said...

Sally, That first photo --- I love that pot and the coleus and sweet potato vine.

The other flowers are just beautiful as well. Will you be able to take anything with you? (Like the rose?)

You're so right -- you still live there -- this is your home. We've moved so many, many times -- and I've been in your same position; it's tough. I also sold real estate for a number of years and I know that it only takes one person -- may sound stupid, but I found that comforting. Your house will sell.

Grandmother said...

Oh, that rose! Enjoy your time off and good luck with the house sale.

LC said...

So glad you had your "mental adjustment." And I so enjoyed the visit to your blooms of seasons past--beautiful.

I have run into a few roadblocks to my getting out and gardening as I had anticipated. But I will get there eventually, In the meantime you and other generous blogging friends are giving me mental adjustments with gardening sagas. I love that you are blooming where you are planted.

Jackie said...

I'll miss you while you're gone, but I do hope that you have a restful break, Sally.
Your plants and flowers are simply gorgeous. You have a green thumb...and I can tell that digging the dirt is very good for you (and your garden.) I love the rose. My Mother's name is Rose, and I love to see different varieties. I haven't seen this one before, and I thank you for sharing the photo and the name of it.
As you prepare to move, know that I'm thinking of you...knowing that it must be difficult. Take care of you!!

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Sally, I love how you are investing with beauty for the sake of others, as well as for yourself. The new people will be so happy when they finally spot your home. Perhaps this is about perfect timing?

Enjoy your break,

Kathy M.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

I totally agree; just because you're selling doesn't mean you should just let things go. Your flowers are stunning. Roses are my most favourite and I can almost smell that white rose in the picture.

CJ x

troutbirder said...

Living in limbo indeed. I don't deal with uncertainty very but but you've definitely got the right attitude. Good luck Sally... :)

Linda said...

How lovely. Nice to see you are enjoying the garden. Nature is great therapy. Thanks so much for sharing, Sally, and I wish you all the best.

Heidrun Khokhar said...

Lovely to see the garden. And interesting to hear you wish to make a move. That can be a good thing in so many ways. I hope your health is much improved too.