The Garden Dawdler – Middle of April

We’ve had two exquisite days in a row. It was really hot yesterday, not so warm today but both days have been beautiful. Good days for photography. Great days just to be outside and perfect days to almost see the leaves on the trees beginning to open.

Locks between the river and the Blackstone Canal

This is so far the best picture I’ve gotten of the locks between the river and the canal. They are in working order, as are the locks in other places along the river and canal. They are used these days to control the flow of water, filling some areas more and letting other areas go relatively dry.

Are you minimalistic in your lifestyle? A clutterer, hoarder, or just messy?

None of the above. The only thing I require is a reasonable degree of neatness. I hate junk lying around. I expect the other occupants of this house — ALL of whom are adults — to put things back where they came from, to throw away empty containers, to put trash in the bin. I clean when I must, but there’s a lot of dust in this house. I’m too old and creaky to spend my life cleaning. Since no one else has volunteered I require everyone to at least be neat.

I admire minimalism, but I love beautiful and quirky things, so unless I win the lottery and have a much bigger house with cleaning help, minimalism is unrealistic.

Do you prefer to sit on a chair, cushion, bench, floor or something else for comfort and which?

Has anyone heard of a recliner? I love recliners and other “moving” furniture.

What is the most challenging part of your writing process?

Just getting it done.

Do you think you are an addictive or non-addictive personality?

I must be non-addictive. I take a lot of drugs yet have never become addicted to anything, even when the medication was, in theory, addictive.

Do you feel in any way, shape or form threatened by the arrival of AI [Artificial Intelligence] opportunities or welcome the progression into your life with ease?

No. Disappointed, I think. Because people will get even lazier than they already are and probably more stupid.

What subjects or topics inspire you to create the most –concerning your writing?

There’s no specific issue — other than climate change — about which I feel compelled to write. Even that, though I consider it the most serious threat of all the threats we face, is not something I can write about all the time. I get tired of hearing myself, so I can’t imagine how tedious everyone else must find me after listening to me repeat the same information again. And again.

I try to vary what I write about and that might be my biggest challenge: trying not to repeat myself.

When was the last time you walked through a graveyard?

Last October, when the leaves were changing. Our old cemetery in the middle of town has some very old and very beautiful maple trees which turn amazing colors. So we always make at least one trip to the cemetery. We take pictures. And the stones tell stories, too.

What are your top five favourite flowers?

Lilacs. Rhododendrons. Daylilies. Wild strawberries. Violets. And even though I don’t grow them, real roses — not the hedge roses we grow.

I totally forgot to mention my favorite indoor plants, most particularly orchids. They really ARE my favorites these days.

What would you say would be your writing quirk?

Grammar and punctuation MATTER. They aren’t optional extras. Otherwise? Trying to find something new to say. I’ve been doing this for a long, long time. Pretty much anything I think of writing, I realize I’ve already written about it sometime during the past dozen years.

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15 replies

  1. Good answers all 🙂

    I agree with you on the AI, Marilyn, and l am disappointed with the world’s progression. There are so many things that could have been invented that would have benefited the world more than dumbing down the generations and making them lazier and always reaching for the expectations, l want more, and l am owed more cups.

    Lovely flora bouquet.

    I vary what l write and am always conscious of the diversity and range l offer the reader also, but there are times when you say you can’t always be highly creative and original. With the number of blogs, writers and bloggers in today’s world, someone is already thinking and writing as you do. We can’t help but write something that has already been written somewhere else by someone else. We lean into our emotions more, and readers will either be able to resonate or relate to those emotions, which makes it unique – something, thankfully, AI cannot recreate yet ..


  2. I’ve been reading a bit about AI lately and tried playing with the free AI generators and Bing’s new AI chat. I would not use it to write content though. Where would the fun be in that?
    Actually this evening while I was doing Share Your World I thought that as I had nothing new for gratitude I’d see if the chatbot would write me a meme and I asked it to include a picture of possums. I got the picture although they looked more like your opossums, natural mistake, but the words were just gibberish and I told it so. It said it was English and would I like another language. I said it was not English, it was unintelligible. It had a couple more goes. I told it to forget the possum picture to make it easier but it kept coming up with images with gibberish headings. I was about to give up and ask it to give me a list of meme generators when it basically said “I don’t want to talk about this subject anymore. Let’s talk about something else.” and shut down while I was typing my request. Maybe I hurt its feelings.


  3. Yes, I too get tired of writing on the same old topics (and reading them)… it’s tough though to keep finding new inspiration when I do the same old things. That’s why I still include book and movie reviews in my posting rotation ~ at least those are new!

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    • When you’ve been blogging a long time, it gets increasingly difficult to come up with a topic you have’t written about before, I’m close to 13,000 posts and I’ve forgot about 12,500 of them. Which is why I repost them since if I can’t remember them, how many other people will remember?

      The real reason I use prompts is because sometimes, it gives me a new idea, or triggers an idea I had forgotten. The problem is, the creators of challenges get tired too. I’m not sure if there’s anything to be done about it. We aren’t novelists — and I’ve noticed that even novelists often take a few years break between books. Or, as Stephen King has been doing, rewriting earlier works. NO ONE is continuously, endlessly original and creative.

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  4. Punctuation matters a lot; “Let’s eat Grandma”and “Let’s eat, grandma”, give a totally different vibe! 😂

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