Tamp it Down

It’s hard to believe just last week hot air was blasting out of my heating vents and I was wrapped up in a turtleneck, a big sweater, and fleece vest.  Then, over the weekend, the “warmer season” arrived here in central Maine and it’s been one thing after another.  I’d been chipping away at all of my gardens, but now that I see the first dandelion, I have an anxious feeling that only a laser-like focus will keep me from being inundated by exponential summer projects.

I’ve got to “tamp it down.”

Tamp it DownWhen I was younger, I used to soothe those anxious and overwhelming feelings by repeating a mantra of “there’s time enough for everything.”  I would just “do the next thing” as the self-help gurus recommended.  This philosophy was helpful to me when I was contemplating my move home to Lisbon Falls and there was a pilgrimage-like quality to each step I took.  I never seemed to tire of putting one foot in front of the other.

Now, I’m here.  What happens next?

The anxious restlessness in the human spirit and a desire to cross things off lists—can that be tamped down?  I don’t know.  It’s something to think about and I’m sure my philosopher friend “At Your Service” will have something interesting to say about it.  I’ll let you know what he tells me.

I’ve got to get out to the garden, finish preparing the new raised bed Handy built, complete with woodchuck fencing.  Next week is the Bowdoinham Library Plant Sale.  It’s the longest running plant sale in the state of Maine; I had never heard of it until last year.  This year, I’m going to be there right when it opens.

That’s what happens next.

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3 Responses to Tamp it Down

  1. Jim says:

    In the dead of winter, all you have time to do is shovel and lug wood and stoke the fire (if you have a wood stove, that is). When spring arrives with a “whoosh!!,” like it has this year, there’s little time to procrastinate, or the grass will get ahead of you, along with all kinds of other tasks beckoning for attention.

    Fell in love with Bowdoinham when I paid a visit for my Explore article in the fall (just prior to winter’s arrival). I remain a fan of this great Maine small town located on the Cathance River.

  2. Slipper Sistah says:

    Thanks for bringing the event to a wider audience. Sounds great.

    There’s a portion of Mom’s memorial flower garden fund that is being ear-marked for the event as I type.

    The link to their pretty flyer has a “for more info” call number and I did (to bad they don’t give the actual location of the sale on the flyer, to save that poor message machine from wearing out, right, for it doesn’t seem to be on the message machine either. And rather than bother you, I could be surfing the various links I could find on Google, Bing and whatever else is out there.

    I’m a very distractable bowl of mud, and such & doing so I may never actually get to do the next thing on the list for this Saturday morning.

    Yes, it’s Saturday, well before the the Bowdoinham Library is open, so do any of the Bowdoinham fans out there happen to know where the sale is going to be this year. I realize that it’s the Library sale, but that can also mean “A plant sale to raise funds for the Library” and not actually be at the Library.

    So if there’s another JAB blog fan out there that has the goods and can take a moment between sips on their morning, afternoon or evening cup of Joe and share that info with the rest of us; I thank you very much! We are still a week away, there’s time once we get the info to plug the event into the Calendar, location into GPS and be ready to get suited up for another Maine adventure next Saturday morning.
    Who knows it could be snowing by then.

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