Embracing Laziness

I thought about not writing a blog today, more out of laziness than anything else, but considering that I’m on a 361-day blogging streak, I figured it would be silly to give in to my laziness a mere four days from a full year’s worth of posts.

The laziness comes from the smoky air, I believe, rather than an inherent character flaw, though to be honest, I do embrace my laziness — assuming hours spent reading is laziness. (Reading could be something other than laziness, of course, perhaps a desire to live as many lives as possible before my expiration date.) But the smoky air coming to us from the fires on the west coast are exacerbating my allergies, and a major component of my allergy reactions (besides sinus pain and chest congestion) is lethargy.

Still, I did do some things today. I received a package of plants in the mail, though I was surprised to see them. First, they were supposed to be here earlier in the week, then they were held up at the post office somewhere until next week. At no point was today mentioned. Luckily, the plants are in pots because although they are supposed to be planted immediately, my lazy side says they will be fine for another day. After all, they weren’t supposed to be delivered until Monday, so how are the plants to know they’re not still in transit?

It amazes me the things that take hold and do well and the things that don’t. For example, last fall, I bought some New England asters because I liked the color and thought they’d brighten up my stoop. When the flowers all died, I buried what was left. (I actually planted it, but it seemed more of a burial since I thought the whole thing was dead). And look at it now! So vibrant!

My contractor stopped by for a few minutes to pick up some tools he left here, and while we were talking with the garage door opened, the closer started to buzz. He looked around and asked what that sound was. I motioned him back into the garage and said, “Wait.” The buzzing got more insistent, and then suddenly, the door started to close. We both got a kick out that. Such a cool thing that closer is! I don’t have to worry if my laziness kicks in and I forget to close the door.

He’ll be back tomorrow to fold back a section of the fence so he can get a skid steer into the yard to help spread the concrete for my sidewalk on Monday. The cement mixer is too big to get into the yard, and so they were planning on using wheelbarrows to get the concrete where it needs to be. Yikes. If I had to do the work, forget it. Even without my current lazy streak, I wouldn’t be able to do anything that intense. But then, that’s why I have him. Meantime, I’ll get introduced to another tool — if a piece of equipment can be called a tool. That should be fun even though I won’t be the one driving.

Well, what do you know — I managed to put together a post of sorts after all. My streak remains unbroken. Yay!

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Pat Bertram is the author of Grief: The Inside Story – A Guide to Surviving the Loss of a Loved One. “Grief: The Inside Story is perfect and that is not hyperbole! It is exactly what folk who are grieving need to read.” –Leesa Healy, RN, GDAS GDAT, Emotional/Mental Health Therapist & Educator

10 Responses to “Embracing Laziness”

  1. Sam Sattler Says:

    Long live the streak! I had a 60-day one going until late in August. Now I’m lucky to get up to three before I have to start over. 🙂

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      There’s a big difference between your blog and mine. You have to read books and then write something about them. That takes more thinking. I just write what I write. It’s amazing you post as often as you do.

  2. Judy Galyon Says:

    It sounds as if the garage door & plants have a mind of their own.

  3. Joe Says:

    Careful, those New England Asters are aggressive. I’m not surprised they survived. if you don’t want them to spread, cut off the seedheads when they form, once the flowers die.

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      Cool! This soil needs aggressive flowers. Maybe I should transfer them to my “island” between sidewalks and let them take over. They were a pretty green all summer.

      • Joe Says:

        The only issue is they will flop over because they get so tall. You can use support stakes, in that case. bumblebees love this flower. The state extension service can advise on flowers and plants that can handle your regional soil, too. https://extension.colostate.edu/

        • Pat Bertram Says:

          So maybe not a good idea. I’m not fond of staking, though I do have some trumpet vines that should be staked. So far, these asters are staying short. The plants I put in today were all plants that are supposed to do well in this area: Colorado four o’clocks, Russian sage, three-leaf sumac, and pink echinacea. Also globe mallow. I thought those were weeds since I often saw them along the side of the dirt road where I lived on the western slope, but I always liked them, so I got a seedling.

          • Joe Says:

            Well there are cultivars and hybrids of this plant that are much more compact and less aggressive, without the flopping over. They are pretty easy to find in garden centers about now. You may have lucked out with these ones. They will stay upright if surrounded/mixed in with tall companion plants. That is how they evolved, anyway. 🙂 With the exception of Colorado four o’clocks, I know all the ones you mention and they are very capable of self-care– which is what I want, myself. I leave the coddling to the herbs in pots or the odd specialty I might pick up in the spring.

          • Pat Bertram Says:

            My attempt at gardening can best be described as trial and error followed by benign neglect. I do water every couple of days because of the drought, and I do dig up the worst of the weeds, but other than that, the poor things are on their own. Any plant that can survive this regime is the sort of plant I want in my yard. As I learn more, obviously, I’ll be picking better plants and giving them a better start. As for the New England asters, they came from Walmart, so it’s especially surprising they are blooming. We don’t have any garden centers that stay open past the early days of summer.


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