Monday, February 22, 2016

Work a Little ... Play a Little

Kathy of Kluless commented about my projects being done "with one hand tied behind my back".


I am using both hands, but I have figured out just how much I can do before my right hand starts to hurt so my pattern has become - work a little ... play a little ... work a little ...


Saturday morning I headed to the nursery for plants to add a little color to my winter garden.


I managed to put a bouquet of flowers in a basket


another on the dining room table


and put primrose in my grapevine basket before my hand said "no more".


Then, it was play time.


We headed out kayaking


which you can see doesn't involve hands because our kayaks have pedals.


Sunday involved more planting, LOTS of weeding and


a bit of moving the furniture around to get the best sun when I am reading on a chaise.


Sunday's play was to ride our bikes to Ojai and stop for lunch at the Ojai Valley Inn - to save my hand, we drove up the hill a bit before we started the uphill ride.


 This morning I finished planting the flowers,


but I only got one packet of seeds planted.


 This little metal tray of pots worked last year for growing seeds so I am optimistic that I will see some sprouts soon.


Today's play was a leisurely walk along the beach


and then relaxing in the garden.


This pic shows just how thick the weeds are in the garden, but I am trying to fill 3 tubs with weeds each day (left handed).


If I keep up this work a little ... play a little ...  routine, my garden just might look good by the time spring rolls around.

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Join me at Talk of the Town hosted by Betsy of My Salvaged Treasures.

40 comments:

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dear, dear friend....you got the routine down just right for anyone who has to watch how they use their hands or ANYONE else who just wants to learn how to have a healthy balance. Work and little, play a little, that is how I keep sane and responsible (gotta work)...but the play part is a necessity. Though I can use creativity in my teaching, I need my own free time to do as I please, so the balance keeps me as happy as possible. YOUR JAUNTS on the water and through the hills....what a WAY TO LIVE! Oh my friend, I wish you much healing, and as you find your balance for work and play, ENJOY IT ALL!

podso said...

I'm amazed at all you're able to do with your hand situation. But I'm sure doing these small (beautiful) bits brings joy to your day. Oh, a kayak with pedals -- that would suit me!

Stacey said...

It's like an eternal vacation looking at your pictures. :)

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I need to bring some flowers in, too. Feeling spring like right now, but colder temps coming back by Thursday. So glad you are able to play a bit more now.

ANNE said...

hmmm sounds like the perfect balance to me! Enjoy!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

What a great balance...work a little then play a little! We should all do that!

Dawn said...

Slow and easy is the way to go, eventually you will do more each day and rest less :) I love that you could go to the nursery and get fresh plants. We are expecting a snow storm here again on Thursday :(

Linda said...

Oh I love seeing all your beautiful pictures.
We are expecting a huge snow storm to come our way tomorrow. After this weekends mild temps. are snow is just about all gone!!Figures......

Pondside said...

It's all about the balance, isn't it? You seem to be figuring it all out and everything is looking beautiful.

craftyles said...

Everything is looking good, Carol. I love how you mix your work and play. You are getting so much done, even though you are pacing yourself. Good lesson for me-I try to do so much in a day and then am sore for 3 days after and don't do anything. Never heard of a pedal kayak-brilliant!

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Beautiful. Despite the weeds, the yard looks beautiful. xoxo Su

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

How lovely it is there, Carol...this is such a pretty post! And even though you are injured, you are experiencing and enjoying life! Hope you will be totally good again soon! (But then you might work too much lol)

Melanie said...

Sounds like you are finding just the right balance! I can't wait until spring hits here and I can be working (and playing!) outside once more again. I am starting to climb the walls here.

Susie said...

Carol, I think you might be on to something there. I love how it's looking so spring time in the flower department. You sure play nicely. Love the beach . Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Kelly said...

I think that's a great idea! That way you're still able to do something without getting bored and still enjoy yourself without doing too much. I love the kyacks with pedals! That would be fun and a good work out too. Your community looks so pretty.

bobbie said...

I didn't even know they made kayaks with pedals ~ how cool!

I think your plan of balanced time between work & play is perfect ~ nothing like listening to your body! I'm still working on that, relating to my back. I tend to overdo.

Enjoy your garden!

PS ~ do I recognize a certain hotel at the north end of the beach?! :)

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

a balanced life is hard to find. Looks like you've found the key.

Down by the sea said...

Your still seem so busy despite your hand hurting! Your plants look so pretty and your outings out look fun! Sarah x

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Well that was just downright weird ... I hit publish and I got a screen that said forbidden! So I'll attempt again. It's all about that balance isn't it Carol? Work some, Play some, rest and start over again. Your cheery flowers made me happy today, it is Grey, rainy and 41 degrees today.
xoxo,
Vera

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

Slow and easy is the way to do it. I look at your pictures and I cannot wait for spring.

Junkchiccottage said...

Hi Carol,
Glad you have figured out how the work some and play some works for you. Your garden looks so pretty makes us here in the midwest dream about Spring and Summer. Have a great rest of the week.
Hugs,
Kris

bj said...

ahhh,planting flowers..we most likely will have another freeze here in West Texas so we won't plant gardens until about April or May...
you will no doubt have a most beautiful and lush garden of anyone.
see ya tomorrow for the Thurs party....

Kirby Carespodi said...

Everything is so beautiful--even one-handed!!

Jessica@CapeofDreams said...

It is great that you are able to maintain a good quality of life despite the pain, instead of just curling up and feeling sorry for yourself. You are an inspiration.

Pam Richardson said...

Carol, your photos are a breath of fresh air! I feel like I am on vacation to sit down and read your lovely blog! We have had torrential rain for 3 days and then it will cool off! I can only dream about spring gardening for now! Take care of the hand! Pam @ Everday Living

Helen Philipps said...

I loved all your gorgeous sunny flowery pictures, Carol. I think you are managing very well to alternate the work and play, to get things done and still preserve your poor hand from too much work. Hope it gets better soon.
Helen xox

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I am with you....life and what we want to get done doesn't stop us because of an injury! A little at a time is my husband's mantra and he is using it by stripping the wallpaper in the dining room! We have a few months before we can start planting outside but your flowers and garden make me look forward to it all the more.

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

Love seeing your garden and flowers...just took a morning walk after some heavy rains...here it's all mud and dreariness and some snow and icy conditions to move in within a day or so / not alot of accumulation predicted, though, which is fine.

The pretty flowers in the bud vases put a smile on :)

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...


Can I come over to play? Oh my, Carol!! What a relaxing way to play and a fun way to work. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful pictures at Talk of the Town.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Carol, I love your work a little and play a little attitude. Your photos are like taking a virtual vacation. You sure accomplish a lot even with your hand on the mend. Take good care and enjoy your days. xo

Pamela Gordon said...

Your garden looks so delightful under the California sun the way it is now. :) It's snowing here today to be followed by freezing rain then rain and unseasonably mild temperatures. So. Anything green and colourful and sunny is beautiful to me. I know you are working hard to get your gardens in shape for spring and I look forward to that time in a few months. It is nice that you could take a break from your work and enjoy life. I've never seen kayaks with pedals before. How interesting. Have a beautiful day.

Sue said...

Pedaling kayaks and flower arranging in the winter... so you can see why I love and adore you.

CreativeKhadija said...

Oh wow, this really looks awesome & nice. I hope you are fine :)

Botanic Bleu said...

With so many wonderful play places, I would be tempted to play, play, play a lot, to work a little. :)

Judith

cynthia lee designs said...

Love seeing your photos of pretty flowers outside and sunny skies. Still to cold here in Ohio to see flowers outside.
~Cindy

Lorrie said...

You are developing a great rhythm of work and play. I like the play, play part. And I think how great it is for your brain when you use your left hand so much. Your primroses are so pretty.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Thanks so much for your visits and kind words!! As far as me being organized with packing away my decorations, I have them stored in the attic. The rafters actually form sections so all my Christmas decorations are stored by room in a sections of it's own and the same thing with my other Holiday decorations. Valentine, Patriotic, Easter and Halloween each have their own section so I know where everything is quite easily!!! I have everything marked too according to room or exactly where those decorations go like for the hutch or top of the TV.
It makes things a lot easier for me because of the amount of decorations that i have!!
I loved seeing all your beautiful flowers because we will not see any here until April , at least!!
Thanks for the Birthday wishes too!!
Have a great weekend!!

Hugs,
Deb

Art @ Home said...

Oh, I really love your little primrose basket. I almost bought a few of them at the nursery Sunday, but I was more focused on buying plants to clean the air in our home. :)

I hope you've had a wonderful week so far!

xo,
RJ

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Jen Kershner said...

Such good stuff in your days! I love that pale aqua basket with the flowers. Of course I do, right?! My guy and I often joke about getting a kayak for two. We call them divorce kayaks because of the arguing that would likely ensue!!