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Thyme Out

… and oregano, cilantro, dill, mint, peas, beans, tomatoes, zucchini, carrots, onions, peppers, plus assorted flowers.

I work about 6 hours per day in the yard. I literally made my garden by pulling one handful of grass at a time and working the soil with a hand spade. I still have a strawberry patch to prep and plant — and then 4 more flower gardens, because I would rather pick flowers than mow. Given my ambitions, I am probably not going to be a good blogger again for quite some time.

Come visit me on Facebook. I usually check in there in the morning, at lunch time and after dinner. I just don’t have the time, energy, or stamina for anything in more than 5 minute bytes. Sorry.

On the plus side, I have a nice tan and I am sleeping really well! I also think my stomach muscles are improving — and it is easy to eat less when I am outside far from the fridge and covered in mud. Not only that, our yard is shaping up nicely.

I will still have to do paid posts and I’ll visit from time to time, but I don’t know when I’ll return to play.

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. Yeah, landscaping the front yard is complex. Competing visions and what not. It all started when the massive Sago Palm in the garden area became disease-ridden and then …

  2. My brain is fumbling for a quote… something about God being closer in a garden than anywhere else on earth… but I’ve only had one cup of coffee, so you’ll have to ponder that one on your own.

    Enjoy! ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Please please take pictures. I would love to see what youร‚ยดve done so far and later when everything is in bloom. Right now my garden is “dying” down, because of winter and no rain, but I love to see other peoples gardens in the blogs. Good for you for doing it all yourself!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. “The kiss of the sun for pardon
    The song of a bird for imirth
    One is nearer God’s heart in a garden
    Than anywhere else on earth.”

    Don’t know who said it and don’t feel like googling it, but kcinnova reminded me of that verse that I’ve heard all my life!

    Enjoy your yard. I so don’t have a green thumb, and I’d have a migraine if I worked in the yard even 30 minutes.

  5. Enjoy your Summer Quilly, if you have a chance share some pictures of your garden when you are finished.

  6. Big fun. Gardening is both the most relaxing thing I do and about the only way to get me to eat a vegetable.

  7. I envy your passion for gardening; I’ve tried but could never really get into it so now we have a very small yard and very strict homeowner rules about plantings.

    As you know from my photos though, I love nature and flowers and trees. So now I view gardening like I view the arts…I have absollutely no talent in anything but all artists and gardeners and others who create need an audience and I love serving in that capacity!

    Enjoy and please share photos when you can.

  8. Sounds like you’ve been industrious! I have trouble getting on my knees or getting up from the ground once I get there — and I’ve never had a green thumb anyway. But it sounds like great exercise with a nice reward in herbs and flowers.

    You could do a Punny Monday with thyme — except, sad to say, I wouldn’t recognize the plant. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

  9. Cilantro, yum..yesterday I looked all over for my cilantro seeds that came from California via Friday Harbor…where. are.they???
    Love it that you’re having so much fun digging in the dirt – the same thing is going on here – in fact…I need to get my hiney out there ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Happy planting!

  10. We’ll miss you and look forward to beautiful pictures and future tales of scrumptious meals from the garden!

  11. I wish I could garden – or hire someone to do it for me….. Sorry about your arthritis. Some days pain is just more irritating than others but as you said (at my blog) – it’s good that there are things that can make us forget it for a while. I missed Punny Monday.

  12. You go girl! I like your train of thought. I will look you up on FB. I spend equal times on there as I do blogging. I hope you will share some pics of your gardens!!!

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