Wednesday Vignette – a happy anniversary?

As I logged on to write my weekly little ditty, WordPress pinged me with a celebratory message that I started blogging 10 years ago. Oh my! That sure went fast! Though not what I intended to write about today, I suppose it’s worth mentioning – as a personal bright spot in one of the most crazy-ass weeks I think the US has seen in its young life as a nation. I was sad and astounded at how prescient I turned out to be a week ago, when I wrote that the orcs were attacking from all angles. This week they actually did.

I spend as much time as I can outside in the garden these days. You all know why – you are all in on the well known secret of the palpable grounding qualities and benevolent, healing powers of immersing yourselves with plants in the garden. No matter if it’s cold and wet, spending time out there STILL makes me feel better. As dusk fades to dark, the solar spots placed around the yard light up, and that was going to be my point tonight; there is light in the midst of darkness. Trust me, there really is.

Shefflera taiwanense basking in the light.

Since it’s an anniversary, I should probably acknowledge that blogging itself has been a major bright spot for me this past decade. On it, I have questioned, I have learned, and it has caused me to meet wonderful people – both in the blogosphere and in person. It has enriched my life greatly in ways I never imagined. Today, I saw in the WordPress notifications that someone had liked a post that was written almost to the day, a year ago. I was curious as to what the allure was, so I took a peek and re-read what I wrote back then. For all the shock, disgust, humbleness, and national embarrassment we have all been experiencing in the last few days, the truth is that – not counting a ravaging pandemic – we are in a far better place right now than we were back then. Look at us now – we did it! We voted a lot of these ogres out in the last election, and our friends in Georgia did what almost no one saw as even a possibility – they flipped the Senate! (Not to mention the several effective vaccines produced in record time.) Things are indeed looking up!

I wonder where I’ll be another 10 years from now… I hope I will still be writing – because even if it’s rarely very substantial, it’s still one of my favorite things to do. Like my garden, it keeps me sane. Stay hopeful, dear friends – the light is on its way. We’re going to have to dig in and work hard for it, but it will come. I can feel it!


About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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8 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – a happy anniversary?

  1. annamadeit says:

    Reblogged this on The Creative Flux and commented:

    What a week, huh? Good thing I can go outside and ground myself – it restores faith in so many things.

  2. Tina says:

    Congratulations! I also hope you’ll still be writing in 10 years. Like you, I’ve found a rewarding outlet, a different expression of hope and artistic endeavor alongside that which occurs in the garden, through the writing (and photographing) process. Lovely photo, btw–the light and shadow are perfect. I especially like the way the light is ascendant!

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  4. annamadeit says:

    Thanks! Oddly, it doesn’t feel that long. I’m honestly not a fan of anniversaries, because they call attention to the passing of time. I guess I prefer living in the ‘now’.

  5. Kris P says:

    I missed this post until now, Anna, as my feed tracks you on Flutter & Hum rather than this site. Belated congratulations on your 10th anniversary! I am pleased about Georgia, although still sickened by what happened last week and the fact that more people on the GOP side of the aisle haven’t resoundingly condemned 45’s behavior. However, in this case, the actions taken by businesses may actually push matters in a good direction.

    • annamadeit says:

      I really need to do something about my lack of space on Flutter & Hum. Apologies for the confusion, Kris. Yeah, every day feels like a nail biter right now… I have faith, but it feels like every day that passes without additional outrageous events and violence is a reason to exhale. We really are walking on eggshells…

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