Wow – I have been so busy I feel cut off from my own blog – working until midnight or 1am each night, trying to finish an editing project. It’s done now, and I am just starting to relax – getting all the little things done that have been left to languish for two weeks – like grocery shopping (up next – after the blog. Does that say something about my priorities??). Times like this I feel like I’m waking up, looking around, only to realize something that everybody has already noticed but me. This time it’s St. Patrick’s Day.
Now truthfully (and hopefully I won’t offend anyone here – but hey, it IS a blog), I hate St. Patrick’s Day. It seems like one of the worst examples of American commercialism, and it seems to have no purpose to start with. I mean, why celebrate one saint out of all of them? And why celebrate some Irish tradition? We don’t have days for Chinese, Russian, Native American, Norwegian, or Japanese culture, all of which are far more integral to Seattle’s history than the Irish. OK – maybe it’s important in some East Coast cities – but so were/are the Italians, Poles, Jews, etc. right? What gives with the Irish?
How anyone can stand the little green leprechauns, clovers, hats and silly greeting cards is beyond me. And how many times can you get asked why you’re not wearing something green before you want to brain someone? So in the spirit of anti-Irish anti-commercialism, today’s blog is dedicated to all things green that are NOT Irish.
First, let’s start with a tour of the garden. Here are my roses which are leafing out against my express orders ;) since I have not even had time to prune them!!
A lovely red currant against the moss-covered stump…
A salmonberry, which does not even have its leaves, but which is already trying to entice a hummingbird :)
The Indian Plum behind the salmonberry…
The pond, peeking out behind the white flowering currant – yes, the pond is a bit greener than it should be… time to do some yardwork!
Moving to the inside of the house, a few green things that give me comfort… the teapot on the stove which I just like the look of, even if I don’t drink tea all that often
The comfy couch which the cat loves and I like to snooze in, with my lovely green chenille blankie :)
OK, I cheated a little on this one :) The candle does smell wonderful, kind of a fresh linen/leafy scent. But the cat makes me happy, and she’s definitely not green! Closest thing to a leprechaun around here, but far, far improved :)