Posted by: mew | September 23, 2009

that toad work

Why should I let the toad work
Squat on my life?
Can’t I use my wit as a pitchfork
And drive the brute off?

Phillip Larkin

Yeah.  Or sic my extreme kitty predator Leo Chapo on him.

Darn toad.


This little post is just to let everyone know I will be back in short order.  I have not disappeared.  I will even attempt to continue to post at Victory Garden Redux — at least a sentence and a photograph, as I promised myself, every day.  We’ll see how it goes.

I’ll have to catch up on the rest of Week Five and Week Six when I return, dear Artist’s Way cluster mates.

See, I have to work.  Freelance means sometimes you have these glorious swathes of time to write and take pictures and splash around in the mud puddles in the garden — and sometimes you might need to pull a few 10 or 12-hour days, or a week of such, to meet a deadline.  This would be one of those times.  My deadline is October 2nd, which coincidentally is the day my parents will arrive to visit our home for the first time.

And today, my little sister arrives for a much-anticipated visit, staying through Sunday. Though she’s working, too.  It just so happens the Greenville Symphony is up the road a little ways from our home in the middle of the boonies.  Okay, it’s a hefty commute from here to there — but much better than staying at a hotel.  Plus, F. provides top-notch international cinema in the evenings, and we’re hoping to make a day-trip to Wayside Gardens/Park Seed Company and see their trial gardens and maybe buy some plants and seeds.  (Heaven!)  And it’s definitely better than the hotel when I’m cooking.

(At least, that is what I hope she’s thinking.  Her husband is also a very fine cook.  But we specialize in different things.  For instance, I’m planning on making Thai Tofu while she’s here.  I don’t think D. makes tofu of any stripe — or even likes to allow it near his kitchen.  No sense in making a tofu recipe or veggie-heavy stir fry with just me and F. in the house because he eats it with his mouth pinched as though he were chewing really disgusting poison.*)

Oh, and did I mention that the work deadline is one of those absolutely-not-flexible-no-way-no-how kinds of deadlines?



Lots going on.  I tried to catch up on e-mails and comments and snail mail and et cetera last night while I could.  You know I’ll miss the blogosphere — and I really do wish I had the appropriate pitchfork here — but I console myself with the thought that I’ll have so much to share here when I return….

Namasté, y’all.

* (Don’t worry, honey.  If you are reading this, remember that one night we’re also having butterflied basil shrimp.  And we still have that rump roast from the CSA that can slow-cook one night so that I can work late.  And we’ll have to go to the Diner one day, just so Mandy gets the experience.  [Note to self:  need to write blog post about Diner.]  Those three goodies should make up for having to eat the tofu; n’est-ce pas?  Plus, I will be very contented after eating the Thai Tofu — and I know that’s worth a lot to you.)

(Photos courtesy of morguefile.  I did manage to photograph a toad in the garden during some of our rainy days, but it came out very dark and gloomy and you cannot see his face at all.  He was turned away from me because he was scared to death and led me on a merry chase in which I got red mud all over my legs, ending where, finally, I could not physically follow him.  So I used morguefile’s photos of toads instead.)



  1. Hi
    Took a chance at checking your toad
    work. Are you a wildlife biologist?
    Hope you are enjoying all you do!

  2. No, not a wildlife biologist — unless you consider criminal court to be wildest, untamed nature, human nature. I believe Mr. Larkin was comparing work to a toad… at least, I interpreted it that way and used the poem to show I wasn’t nearly as excited about my real work/day job as about my other pursuits, like writing the blogs and photographing the garden and following the Artist’s Way.

    I’ll be back in the swing of things soon. Thanks so much for checking in, gemma 🙂

  3. Hey lovely lady, I have an award for you over at my blog. 🙂

    • Oh, I’m so thrilled! My first blog award 🙂 I’ll be doing a post to accept and pass it along ASAP, now that my deadline is past and I’m slowly returning to normalcy.

      Thank you, Dawn. Bisouxxxx for that wonderful surprise when I got back!

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