just phyllis

just phyllis
Small Town, Indiana, USA
November 13
Blogging with PTSD --------------- "Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around." - Leo Buscaglia _____________________________________ All works ©Phyllis45, the author of this blog. _____________________________________ Also posting at Our Salon http://oursalon.ning.com/ http://oursalon.ning.com/profile/Phyllis


MARCH 12, 2012 7:43PM

Sexy Woman Working in the Yard

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Well, I was going to title this I Have a Severe Cramp in My Toe, but I got to talking to a friend on Facebook and now the cramp is gone. So, what to name it?

Got up late today, about 9:00. Ate breakfast, showered, ate lunch, got dressed and went to the courthouse and picked up paperwork to run for town council. Get this- the deputy clerk tried to tell me we were past the filing date, and we are. For Republicans, because they have a primary. "Lesser" parties and independents have until July 2. I said, "Yeah, it's not often you find a non-Republican in Benton County, is it?" and we all laughed, though the ladies in the office looked at their desks and wouldn't meet my eye. Sheesh.

Came home and realized it was nice outside!!! It did rain last night and this morning. So I changed and went outside. I fixed the soffit on my shed, using deck screws this time to keep it up there. For you purists, you haven't been chasing pieces of this crap all over the neighborhood for 9 years, so you don't get a vote. Found out there's some wood rot up there, too. Oh well. Explains why the nails weren't holding, anyway. Trimmed the dead flowers from last year off of the lilacs, except for one. It was above the shed roof and I didn't feel like climbing that high. After all of that, my arms were like noodles. Man, I am out of shape worse than I thought. So I decided it was a good time to move dirt and fill in the low spot my neighbor created when he took part of my yard for his garden. He voluntarily moved it back. I didn't say much because he does feed me from said garden. I have a BIG pile of dirt from when the ditch was dug out last fall that I used part of to fill in the gullies. I climbed up on top of it! I know! I wouldn't have done that before- too afraid of getting dizzy and falling off. It felt great!

So now the sun is going down and I need another shower. The cat wants fed, too, which is pretty much normal for her. So here are today's pictures. Enjoy!



Grecian Windflower. I love that name. These started with one tiny, pale blue flower a few years ago, and now I have over a dozen plants. This is the first bloom this year, and the first one to not be pale blue. Cool.



Not yesterday's daffodil. For some reason, the program won't let me upload it here. 120KB so not too big. But a lot of daffodils opened today that weren't showing color yesterday so I have flowers dancing in the wind now.



creeping charley
This pretty little plant is Creeping Charley. It was imported by the English settlers because they used it to clarify their ale that they brewed. Now, it is a noxious weed.


I highly recommend yard work therapy for what ever ails ya. Gorgeous, gorgeous weather. I feel so strong and powerful this year, like I finally own myself and what I do and am. Is it real? I hope so. Will it last? I hope so. Will I have relapses? More than likely. But that's okay as long as I keep coming back to this.


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You know you put "sexy" in the title, so everyone would come running! ;-)

I think my favorite is the noxious weeds. Figures. Beautiful blue on the Grecian wildflower.
And I did feel sexy and powerful. But hey, whatever works!

I have so much of the weed because the flower was pretty. Yep, I'm that easy.
I would read this even if the title had been about the cramp in your toe (not that I have a toe fetish or anything, mind you!). Weather's been beautiful hereabouts the past couple of days, too. I wish we had some of that Creeping Charley in our yard. We had a flowering ground cover my mom called Creeping Charley in Wisconsin, where I grew up, but the flowers weren't as pretty as yours. I don't recall the color, tho. Glad your cramp is gone.
Chicken, I can send you some. I have plenty to spare. That toe has been acting weird with that cramp coming and going. And it hurts to have your toe in spasms.
Maybe you could give speeches from the top of the dirt pile in lieu of a soapbox.
Sarah, there's a thought. I'd need an audience, though. The birds all fly away when I come out.
janie, you have to spill. What kind of memories could creeping charley bring up, unless there was a boy named Charlie?
Here is a "sexy" joke for your "sexy" post:

Do you know when a woman wears a leather dress, a man’s heart beats quicker, his throat gets dry, he gets weak in the knees and he begins to think irrationally?

Ever wonder why?

It’s because she smells like new truck.

I'm going to have to stop or I'm going to run out of jokes. :)
Love your attitude!
MM, too funny. Why do women like men in leather, then?

Asia, thanks! Your attitude is pretty rockin', too.
I cannot wait until we have flowers popping up here. I love your day. Spring Fever is hitting me hard this year.
rated with love
RP, I hope it's soon, for your flowers. Spring fever is just as strange as the winter was, isn't it.
P45 - I have no idea. It's not because they smell like a new truck!

Every time I say your name and I say it every time I type it, it makes me think of "While You Were Sleeping". Where Joe Jr is taking the new tenant to the Ice Capades and tells her she is the best looking girl on the third floor. She goes, "Oh, Joe Jr." and then he says, "Phyllllis." hahahaha
Typical. I missed the sexy woman in the garden.
Here's a joke though, Phyllis :
A man's out walking & comes to a house with a dog in the yard, & he stops to give it a pat. The owner comes out & says hi, & Would you like my dog ? Very special dog. He can talk.
The man thinks yeh, a nut, o well, & he's about to keep walking when the dog says, I can, you know. Talk.
Now the man thinks he's nuts, but the dog goes on. Yes, said the dog, been talking for years ! Worked for the government, spy-ops in Russia, China. Speak six languages. Worked in airports catching smugglers, gun-runners in the Middle East ... o yeh, been all over. Seen some sights, I have.
The man is amazed.
He looks at the owner, then to the dog, & asks the owner Why on earth would you want to part with this ... incredible dog ?
The owner shakes his head & says I just can't take the lies any more.
That dog's never been to China or anywhere else. That dog's never been out of this yard !
I love it when you said "the cat wants fed". That's a classic "midwesternism" that way too many scoff at and think "hayseed". Not me. It sounds like home--along with other sayings like "needs fixed" or "needs washed". Thanks.
If I had dirt I would give it to anyone who would feed me from their garden. I would even shovel it over his/her fence for tomatoes. Glad working outside got you your sexy back.
That Grecian wildflower is gorgeous! Love your garden therapy. I think it is helping me too!
What a breath of fresh air. I love gardening and I love your photos. Spring is just tentatively beginning with fits and starts here. we are in for a week of rain starting tonight so I rushed around tonight to get the last of the plants in the ground. Today it is a few ferns for the shady purple cineraria garden and a yellow euryops and red gerber daisy in the sunny cottage garden in back. Thanks for the beautiful words and images. I also love the little wild ones, like the spider wort with the tiny purple and yellow flowers that are over in a heartbeat and the wild garlic with their cascades of lily of the valley type white blossoms. I have an ancient lilac that I prune with trepidation every year. I thought you were supposed to only prune 1/3 of it per year, no?
I just returned from sunny days in Cali to our beautiful month of March, with nightblooming jasmine and orange blossoms. Even without the garden work (which I have loved before), aromatherapy is definitely wonderful.
I generously let my husband do all the "yard work therapy," but I will gratefully sit in the dirt under the sun & gaze at the pretty flowers he plants! I love that blue on the Grecian Windflower, but my favorite blue is the kind of cornflower blue on the "Creeping Charlie." Of course, nothing says "spring" like the deep yellow of daffodils. And hurray for feeling strong & powerful (& sexy!) -- Keep coming back!
It's real, it will last, it's from INSIDE you. Love the photos especially the vivid little Grecian Windflower. Being indoors makes me very grumpy, I need OUT and you're getting me in the mood.
I kinda like the noxious weed too, but my favorite has a frond with five leaves as big as your hand.
Janie, first love is cool, isn't it. It would be nice to be that open again. Why don't you look him up?

MM, I didn't see that movie. I'll have to look it up. And I do like the smell of leather, on and off of the cow.

Kim, that's funny. So did you take the dog?

Walter, if you lived with the cat you'd understand. She squalls at me when she perceives herself as underfed. Are they really midwesternisms? Huh.

oit, that is a good trade. This guy makes an outrageous garden every year.

zanelle, virtual garden therapy is good, too. But you should plant some veggies for yourself.

Zul, I don't know about pruning lilacs; I was just dead heading. Guess I need to look that up. I prune my ancient hydrangea, though, when it's done blooming. Your garden sounds fantastic. Can we see pictures?

OB, I love the scent of orange blossoms. That's my favorite memory of Florida.

Suzie, that is very generous of you! I hope he appreciates your sacrifice on his behalf.

Bleue, hang on, you'll be outside soon. The NW is hanging on to winter, isn't it.

jmac, you're talking about castor beans, aren't you. Wink, wink.
Love the spring flowers!

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Algis, thanks for bringing your lovely art work to my blog!
Yard work therapy, that's where it's at. Never heard of Creeping Charley but it's a shame such a pretty little plant is so noxious, sort of like some of the women I see at the shopping mall.

(it's weird blogging from california, i'm 3 hrs earlier here than OS time and 2 hrs earlier than my usual KC time. it's confusing!)
I've got ret. iris, crocus, and daffs going to town in my yard. My daffs usually don't bloom until mid April. Got tomorrow off, think you've inspired me to go dig my toes in dirt
Hate to rain on your parade, but keep in mind that if you're elected, you'll be working under Gov Pence. Now, try to get that image out of your mind
Nothing like skimpy-dressed dames doing necessary garden work.
My mom & sisters did it to their glory.
I was NOT leering. I simply acknowledged that
getting down to the skin, getting dirty in the soil, sweating,
protecting fragile roots,
is a good way to spend a few hrs.

I never jumped in. I was in my jeans and proably sweatshirt.
Dad screaming at me to "take yer shirt off & help the girls!"
he resplendent in his skin,, sucking in the sun
of his sky and his women.

i went back to my book.
Nana, your time conundrum is confusing. How is your garden coming along?

Julie, yes! Play in the dirt! Tomorrow is also supposed to be HOT!

Tom, thanks for the image. At least he's tall.

James, books are good in gardens. I've heard that's what gardens are actually for- relaxing and reading a book.
wat Midwest sais abt the flowers - beautiful blue flowrs, disappointed abt the daffodils altho didnt expect them here so hoping wd get them pictures at some point this week ? keep trying and compress if you have to, of course a hundred KB is awfully biiiiiiiiiiig you silly. I only load 45 kb!!!