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Idleness? Never

May 20th, 2009

“Trouble Springs From Idleness.”
~~ Benjamin Franklin

No time for idleness here at Chiot’s Run. We’ve been busy, especially the last couple days. We have planted 6 trees and built a few rock walls, added a few more flowerbeds. I’ve also been planting most of my veggies in the outside gardens. It sure keeps us busy, no time to get into trouble that’s for sure.
The same can’t be said for Lucy though, all she’s got is idleness. She’s currently enjoying sleeping amongst the forget-me-nots and snapping at all the bees that are trying to get nectar from it.

What about you, any time for idleness or is the gardening season in full swing?

16 Comments to “Idleness? Never”
  1. Daphne on May 20, 2009 at 7:44 am

    This coming week I’ll have time for idleness. It is going to be so hot it doesn’t matter if I have work to do in the garden or not. I just won’t be able to make myself go outside in the heat. I wilt in the hot humid weather. It is only lasting a few days thank goodness. I’ve always been happy the busy times of the year are the spring and fall when the weather is cool. Luckily I’ve gotten most of the work done. I do have a little weeding and mulching to do today. I’m hoping that I get to the tomato supports for my container tomatoes. They should have gone in a week ago, but it just keeps getting put off as more important things get done first.

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  2. kristin on May 20, 2009 at 7:56 am

    That concept is foreign to Blackrock . . .

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  3. farm mom on May 20, 2009 at 9:50 am

    Well, in all fairness to Lucy… if I had to sit around idle…I’d choose to be among the forget me nots too! :)

    farm mom’s last blog post.. Working girl

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  4. Faith on May 20, 2009 at 11:04 am

    TOO FUNNY!!!!!!

    I called Michael over to show him that we are not the only ones who are picking up rocks and using them for landscaping.

    He came by, and actually thought that first picture was one someone snuck of him, because he wears a hat just like it. He just could not figure out the scenery behind. LOL

    We are grateful for the free building materials, but our muscles are a little sore.


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    • Susy on May 20, 2009 at 11:17 am

      That is funny, I with you – free landscaping materials allows me to spend money where it counts, improving the horrible soil around here!

      I love getting a workout that actually accomplishes something at the same time. Nothing like a free gym membership as well.

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  5. Teri on May 20, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    No idleness here….busy with vegetable garden and landscaping under the crab apple trees……..Hi Lucy:)

    Teri’s last blog post.. 139/365

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  6. Jennifer on May 20, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    There isn’t that much to do in the garden now that the hard work is done! We’re a little lost with 14 extra hours back to ourselves each weekend! We water, we weed, we fill back in the mole hole. We got a weed wacker to help keep the paths clear – but it’s electric and only lasts 45ish minutes (probably a good thing) each charge. We mow the areas we can – though right now the mower needs sharpening, so we’re waiting for the sharpening stuff in the mail. Until the weeds pick up and harvesting begins, we’re just in a holding pattern. Not much else to do!

    Jennifer’s last blog post.. Poison Ivy – learn something new every day

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  7. warren on May 20, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Full swing here! Don’t worry too much about your bees either. Your pup will get ahold of one of them eventually that will teach her a lesson. It’s almost guaranteed to give her a new perspective on things!

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  8. KitsapFG on May 21, 2009 at 12:00 am

    I have been incredibly busy all spring because we did a major garden expansion project that had to be completed by the planting out dates for the items that were destined to go into those new beds. Thankfully, we got all of that completed and the summer garden planted up (all but the parsnips which have to wait for the spinach to finish up first).

    Love the picture of Lucy soaking up some sunshine and “supervising” your work outside.

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  9. Mangochild on May 21, 2009 at 7:28 am

    Great pic of Lucy :-) And that quote is so true for me too, being idle not only creates trouble (things left undone) but it also creates a mental uneasiness and tendency to start brooding over matters that don’t deserve brooding!
    What kind of trees did you plant?

    Mangochild’s last blog post.. Local Volunteering: Bread sorting at the Foodshare warehouse

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    • Susy on May 21, 2009 at 9:08 am

      We planted 4 cherry trees, 3 apples trees and a plum.

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  10. Kelly Butler on May 21, 2009 at 8:05 am

    Charlie has been doing lots of work in the yard, I have not been as much help really. But Harley, Brooklyn and I enjoy being out in the sunshine with him as he works :)

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  11. Dave on May 21, 2009 at 8:25 am

    Definitely not enough time! Between my garden and one I’m volunteering at, plus some work I’m doing for family and raising two kids there is very little time left to breathe! Gardening season is in full swing for sure!

    Dave’s last blog post.. How to Build an Arbor (Part 1)

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  12. Chicago Mike on May 21, 2009 at 8:47 am

    There is an “idle” option?

    Chicago Mike’s last blog post.. Favorite Shot

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    • Susy on May 21, 2009 at 9:09 am

      Not really, at least not here!

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  13. Sinfonian on May 22, 2009 at 1:05 am

    Looks like you guys were very productive. Well done! I spent a few hours in the garden over the last few days, including a half hour this morning before work. I was proud of myself. Of course with my small area a little work is all it takes. Ah, to have enough room to plant 1,000 SF of crops. I wouldn’t need to go to the store, hehe.

    Sinfonian’s last blog post.. May 20, 2009

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