Flowers and Balance

Dear Liza,

I think I am like most folks, lately, in that I am living on a seesaw. I alternate between reading every word of the news, needing to understand and make sense of the politics, economics, and natural disasters, and just needing to NOT. To NOT read. To NOT analyze.

Dahlias tall enough to look you right in the eye!

My walks are a good time to NOT. Instead of analyzing, I notice. I photograph. I appreciate. It gives my brain a short focus lens that is very restful.

It is just past sunflower season, as I’ve talked about before. But the dahlias are getting taller than my head.

The nasturtiums are playing nicely with all the other flowers.

And the onions, like me, are dancing beautifully while going to seed.

I know I am a grownup, and I need to Pay Attention to the world. But I can’t let it suck me down. Flowers help put me back in balance.


Grandma Judy

Author: Judy

I am a new transplant to Portland from Salinas, a small city in Central California. This is a blog about my new city.

2 thoughts on “Flowers and Balance”

  1. I completely understand the need to know what is going on in the world, and the need to just shut it off and walk away. It is too much. Living in SW Washington, I too find solace in my garden and the simple pleasures of watching a bee or a hummingbird at work. I’m enjoying the less air traffic overhead, although there is still an amazing number of cars I hear on the road. Love your line about being like an onion!


  2. Hello! I am so glad you read and enjoy the blog. I started it to let friends and family know what I was up to in my new home, but it currently serves as my mental check-in, a way of keeping track of things. Gardens are the best!


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