After the juniper chainsaw massacre
This past weekend my husband took a chainsaw to the overgrown junipers at the front of our house. When the house was built, someone put in blue junipers beside the entry. I'm sure they were pretty little trees for the first few years, but by the time we bought the house they were 10 feet tall and 4 feet wide and starting to block the path to the door. I pruned the heck out of them last year, but they regrew vigorously this year. Rather than spend the rest of our time in this house pruning them twice a year to keep them in bounds, we decided to just remove them. Yes, we could have had them dug up and transplanted, but that was money we didn't want to spend, and frankly I didn't want the trees anywhere in the yard. So, they're gone - partly recycled into holiday garland on the front door and porch.
It's cold and windy today, but tomorrow is supposed to be quite nice, with equally pleasant weather through most of the week. I have to dig up my dahlias and cannas, and pull out the marigolds on one of those nice days. I'll spread a fresh, light layer of mulch where the shrubs were removed, and call the front garden "done" for the year.
In our travels over the weekend I managed to go to both ceramic studios I work with. I picked up finished work from both of them - a handful of pendants, a handful of ornaments, and a votive candle holder. I'll be busy making necklaces later this week, and listing the other items. It felt good to be creative again. It seems like I lost my creative get-up-and-go last month, and have been struggling to find it ever since. I still can't bring myself to paint for some reason, but I'm starting to feel like drawing again, which is a step in the right direction. Emotional upheaval totally derails my impulse to work on art, but the circle always goes around again and I get back to it eventually. Ride the wave, I've been known to tell friends going through tough times, sometimes you just have to ride the wave until it gets better. One of my friends gave that advice back to me this past week, and I really appreciated it.