My signature fragrance – eau d’cow manure 

I’m sorry but when your find your passion you automatically assume  an evangelistic fervor which drives you to spread the word to anyone who will listen! 

Can you stand one more diatribe on the joys of gardening.  One can start small and stay small or grow it into a business and save the world! My spark came when a friend gave me a garlic plant about 5 years ago – little did I know that garlic plant would blossom into a show stopping corner of alliums so beautiful I couldn’t possibly consider eating the garlic!

When you dig around in the soil, planting flowers and harvesting vegetables, they tell me you are coming into contact with something called Mycobacterium vaccae, beneficial bacteria that help to stabilize mood and promote better sleep.

. (If you think Mom’s crazy now you should have seen her five years ago,” say my children.)

What’s even more interesting is that you don’t even need to dig in the dirt to be exposed, because simply being outside in the garden and inhaling can do the trick quite nicely. We are trained to think that all bacteria are bad, but that is not necessarily the case – exposure to these “good” bacteria in the soil can help to strengthen the immune system. 

As you continue gardening and expanding your skills through trial and error, a mushroom effect occurs as you branch into related activities like building garden rooms outside, pathways to nowhere and experimenting with non-traditional garden art.  

My friend and garden mentor Charlie Weatherly took an old dresser outside into his huge garden and created a prayer and meditation space.  That was 15 years ago and that one revelation is what sparked my interest.  And my close friend and neighbor, the late Brenda Chamblis, showed me how to find joy in the garden while covered with mud and smelling like cow manure.  

3 thoughts on “My signature fragrance – eau d’cow manure 

  1. Loved this, Cuz Emily!

    How have you been?

    Anything planted here now would
    shrivel before your eyes in this heat!

    Need to learn a new rain dance!!

    Cuz Nancy

  2. Hey Nancy! Been a long time. So good to hear from you. Hope you are well.
    And yes, RAIN DANCE sorely needed. Teenie chance here today. It’s been over a month and not a drop that didn’t come out of a hose.

  3. Emily,
    I’m mostly well. No Covid 19 yet, thankfully.
    Hope you’ve managed to hold it at bay as well..other stuff too.

    Always something popping up to do.

    Find myself unable to put more than one thing per day on my calendar. In your vast experience
    in the joys of aging, have you noticed this being
    common amongst us?

    I think I have “effort phobia.” I’ll bet you never heard of it before now.

    At this rate, my house will be in good repair by the turn of the next millineum!

    As an FYI, I changed last part of my email address. I think I used it to sign in last time but can’t remember if you want to update that contact, let me know.

    How are your first cousins doing on your mother’s side? I do miss getting to see you and them though those occasions were spread out back in early reunion days by a couple years usually.

    Take care Cuz,
    Sincerely, Nancy

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