Friday, October 24, 2008

Too distracted to garden much

My thoughts lately have been consumed not by gardening, but with the election. I'm fine to ignore my garden right now. It's autumn and plant growth has slowed to an enjoyable pace. The election, though, is peaking with only two weeks left before perhaps the most important vote in our lifetime. There can be no Garden Bliss when one is in Election Hell.

To soothe myself, I read my Mark Morford, my CNN... I watch my SNL, my Daily Show... I bite my fingernails... while my bulb auger sits in the garage untouched.

I count the Obama yard signs on the morning drive to my son's school. I curse their absence every time a thief sweeps through in the night, leaving the inexplicable McCain/Palin signs untouched.

And this is California, where Obama is in like Flynn. Still, I fret. Like Obama said, "Don't get cocky". When someone steals your yard signs, buy more. When someone sprays hateful graffiti all over your fence, repaint as soon as possible.

Like these guys did.

What prompted me to grab my slightly dusty camera this morning was the un-ignorable light shining on a few unexpected orchid cactus blooms and buds. In late October! While walking the yard, I discovered my little Annie dog in one of my half-barrels, triumphantly digging up an acorn planted by a squirrel she hopes to finally catch one day. To Eukanuba-fed Annie, pure sport; To the squirrel, an investment lost to a fatcat chihuahua.

We all have our dreams and desires... sometimes clashing and sometimes meshing. At least I know I'm not alone. Here's someone who has a worse case of Restless Voter Syndrome (RVS) than I do.


  1. Angela .. the video was hilarious .. that is what I like to see about you guys down south (south to us that is) .. a sense of HUMOUR !!
    Your garden plants are looking quite gorgeous .. so you are right not to worry too much about your garden.
    Great laugh .. thanks .. hope life gets back to normal ? after your election ! : )

  2. Poor you, I sympathise. Over here in London, we think this is the most exciting American election in years, so goodness knows what it must be like Stateside. Even my kids are willing Obama to win.

  3. Anonymous4:46 PM guys are passionate about your politicians! Us Aussies see voting and elections as an inconvenience larger than doing scab duty in your lunch break.

    I love your pics though Angela. Gorgeous blooms and foliage for your Fall.

  4. Thank you for identifying my ailment--RVS is it. And great video!

  5. Angela: That video made my day!! Also the photos of your garden--they're beautiful!! Here in Ohio we've got a cold front moving through, the sky is gray, and my garden is going dormant with only the Knock Out Roses still blooming. Thanks for the ray of sun!