Day 9: What are 5 passions you have?

  1. Truth. I don’t like grey area and I don’t like games. If you want to know how I feel, ask. I’ll tell you. Lying pisses me off more than anything and liars are weeded out of my life like the dandelions in my garden. I have a lot of patience, but I don’t fuck around with lies. Hurt me with the miserable truth and I’ll love and respect you forever, but lie and you’re dead to me.
  2. Knitting. It’s a guilty pleasure because I rarely have the time to turn my yarn into anything but silky soft loops of therapeutic peace on my needles. I have half a toy elephant dress finished and my baby nieces are growing at the speed of light. My Dumpling had to go with her daddy last month and it always makes her a little anxious at first. I knit her a bunny with a tiny heart on it’s chest that we spray with my perfume when she has to go. It’s a snuggly soft reminder that home is just a state of mind, a smell or a person. The bunny goes a long way towards making her feel right at home, right away… with her dad. Knitting is magic at your fingertips, all you need are a few sticks and some string.
  3. Writing. In the last year I’ve written three times as much as before, with most of it private or contracted. The work I’ve turned in professionally has earned me more financially this year as well. That’s not what has stuck with me though. I find it so much more satisfying that I wrote my own self out of feeling like warm trash this year. In yelling at the world through a keyboard, I taught myself to let shit go and move on. I love the entertainment of it all, but the therapy of it all is why I began writing in the first place. Sorry to all of you along for this crazy ride, and thank you for your shared perspective.
  4. Love. I love out loud in ways that make me painfully uncomfortable on occasion. I still wouldn’t have it any other way. I smile at strangers, I help people who are grumpy… it’s just who I am. It comes from my adorably sweet grandma Elaine and my equally spicy red-headed firecracker Grandma Afton, both of whom taught me to love the whole world and everything in it, to my toes. Sure, sometimes it ends badly and I end up hurt again… but at the end of the day, purely because I refused to give up, I like to believe my life will have been full of more love than I knew what to do with because I never let fear stop me from having faith.
  5. Gardening. My beautiful obsession with the dirt has gotten me through things I never thought I would survive. Losing my son, my house going through foreclosure (twice), an epic water leak in the yard, countless cheating boyfriends, 5 years of celibacy, having a baby alone from birth, poverty, depression, etc… You name it, I’ve coped with everything by putting on a headlamp and pulling weeds into the wee hours of the morning. Some of the worst and most insurmountable pain can be soothed by digging potatoes and beets. Some of my greatest heartache has only been kept company by tomato plants in need of staking, peppers in need of picking and long, quiet rows waiting for a fresh blanket of straw. When I’m at my breaking point and in desperate need of a reminder to keep myself grounded… I take my shoes off and stick my bare feet in the dirt.


What are you passionate about?


3 thoughts on “Day 9: What are 5 passions you have?

  1. I loved reading about your spiral garden. I imagined it like a secret garden where you had to know the right spot to enter by going all the way around it first. I also think you can never have too much yarn, but about 10 years ago a friend gave me a huge tub of yarn, embroidery threads, hoops, plastic backing for placemats, and more beads than any one person needs. I keep finding uses for them in art projectsupplies and Christmas gifts. I never did learn how to knit, but a co-worker did teach me how to crochet. She was right handedirection and I’m a lefty so I learned to copy her movements and loops and yarn tension. So now I can crochet right handed. Have you ever had any luck with planting fruit trees up here?

    • J

      I added a picture of the garden for you in this post so you can see! It was very cool and I will definitely make another one in my new garden. I have an old orchard on my property with apples, plums, cherries and pears. I haven’t had luck planting peaches or cherries, but everything else has done pretty well? I planted a 4 way grafted pear about 10 years ago and it still grows the worst fruit. I’d love to plant a Honeycrisp Apple, because in my experience all the apples I have planted have done well. I’ll teach you to knit. It’s so slow at first compared to crochet, but then you get faster and you can do so much more. I started with crochet and loved it until I ran out of options that didn’t involve knitting. I’m knitting elephants and tiny dresses these days, so it’s wonderful fun.

      • My dad has a red delicious apple tree and two grand smith’s that are about 5 years old. It produced about 10 apples each. We finally got pears last fall. They were the green ones that turn kinda red in spots. But they were sweet and juicy. Love your garden!

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