Sunday, May 31, 2009

Such Excitement!

Recently a friend said, "Oh, you live such an exciting life!"

Honestly, I nearly choked. Exciting? Me?

Doesn't she remember we live in the middle of nowhere? Porcupine sightings, shooting stars and firewood stacking...oh yeah, that's excitement on a grand scale. I wanted to ask whether or not she'd forgotten about my endless winter spent behind the snowblower? Ugh--that was not exciting in the least!

Today's thrilling adventure?

Shoveling mulch. Yep, that's right, I'm going to be mulching the veggie garden. Almost too exciting to bear, isn't it?

I've got a couple of rolls of biodegradable weed barrier paper which I'll cut and put on the soil. Then I'll use my snow shovel to scoop the mulch from the truck bed onto the paper. Hopefully it will eliminate the majority of garden weeds so I won't have to spend the entire summer pulling the blasted things. The mulching is a lot of work but it really saves back-breaking labor later on.

So today I'll shovel. And I'll smile, remembering the "exciting life" comment. And the best part? Mindless activity, like mulch shoveling, lends itself to allowing the mind to wander.

I'm hoping I'll "write" the next chapter in my mind while I'm behind the shovel this afternoon. Then tomorrow morning when I sit down at my desk, the scene should be nearly written and just fall onto the screen. That's what I'm hoping for, anyway.

What have you got on the agenda for this gloriously sunny Sunday? Anything "exciting" you'd care to share? Hmm?


Dru said...

You're life is exciting in a different way from the one I lead. You get to do all those "country-like" things like plant a garden, shovel mulch, eat food you grow, sit in a canoe among other things.

I hope to take a walk on the boardwalk, right now the sky is very cloudy but I can see the sun trying to sneak out.

Melissa McClone said...

I do some of my best writing doing other things. Right now I'm writing at the computer, but later I want to clean out a section of the garage. I started last Sunday figuring a little each weekend will make a difference over the long term. And I hope to be figuring out a new scene while I go through things.