The Garden Dawdler

New questions from Rory and I’m ready to answer them.

What is one of your deepest desires or fantasy? [Inspired by Fantasy Island]

Sadly, traveling in time hasn’t worked out for me. Yet. Maybe tomorrow?

When was the last time you used a pencil to write with?

The question could be, “When was the last time you actually wrote with anything rather than typing on a keypad of some kind?” The answer to that would be other than a grocery list? It has been a really long time.

I do use pencils to draw, though. Does that count?

How tired are you daily, or do you get sufficient sleep to feel refreshed daily?

I read too much, especially at bedtime. The problem is that I rarely have any time to read during the day. I always think reading will lull me into sleep, but instead, I get involved. I’m an addicted reader. In 70 years of reading, no one has cured me. It’s possible I am incurable. Maybe I don’t want to be cured.

Maybe that’s the same thing.

How quick are you at making significant vital decisions?

I take my time getting my facts in order. Once I have done that, I will make decisions pretty fast, but I often take a while to collect the information. Sometimes, after I have all the background knowledge, I decide the decision is a “no go.”

Do you use a brush or a comb with your hair or never do that and have a more natural look?

Unless you shave your head, how can you not comb or brush your hair? Doesn’t it get all knotty and matted? Any, my hair has gotten pretty long and needs regular brushing to keep it from getting all knotty and matted. I think it may also have gotten to a length that requires platting at night or I wake up smothered by my own hair. It also get rather hot in warm weather.

How many true friendships do you think you need?

I’ve got enough but I could use one that lived nearer than a few hours drive distant.

How good is your memory, and how far back in your life can you go to remember moments with clarity?

Like many people my age, I have clearer memories of “the old days” than of recently. I’m not sure that’s a memory issue. Life now is routine. This isn’t a bad thing, but one day slips into the next with very little change. I think that’s why time seems to fly by.

How do you keep yourself optimistic day to day?

I read. I write. I take pictures.

When did you last wander freely out and about with no set destination instead of walking purposefully? [A stroll with no clear A – B parameters]

Any time we go out to take pictures, it’s a wandering experience. That’s the point of going out for pictures. To wander and see what you can see. And bring back the photographs.

Not only is there a heron in the picture, but if you look you can see the snapping turtles on the logs in the sun.

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10 replies

  1. Great answers, Marilyn 🙂

    I always used to keep short hair, aside from the one time in my early to later twenties when l sported long hair down to my mid back, and l always used a brush. I have always used a brush thinking on it; even now, when l don’t have much hair, and it is shorn, l still use a brush. I’m not sure l ever used a comb, but l met a chap the other day in his forties who told me he had no use for either a brush or a comb but used a pine cone on his slightly long hair …. it was pretty baffling.

    Wonderful illustration pieces. I used to draw myself – all my original tee shirt designs l created back in 2015 – 17, but in 2018 l damaged my shoulder and broke the acromion. Since then, l developed a twitch in my right hand, making it virtually impossible to hold a pencil for anything longer than writing the occasional list.

    My handwriting coordination had always been appalling and worse than a doctor’s. I was diagnosed with Aspergers in 2008, and many things made instant sense. Writing suddenly became a known disorder with the arrival of motor dysgraphia. Over the years, I managed to study English, but my handwriting would result when young with spankings from my parents or detentions and stricter punishments in school. Everyone thought l was stupid. I used a typewriter when l was 14 because it was easier, l started to draw and take photographs because my creative side was off the charts, but my formal and academic side was considered atrocious. Sadly, l can no longer draw, but I always appreciate those who can. But l hear you regarding arthritis; l am experiencing that terribly these days, and the more hand work l do when gardening, the more pain l experience.


  2. Hi Marilyn, great answers to great questions. I really like your drawings, you are talented, I showed them to my mum and she like them too.


    • Thanks. I also like them, but my hands have issues. Years of pounding on pianos, keyboards, cooking, drawing, writing (by hand before I started typing everything). I have to be careful how much strain I put on them. Aside from the arthritis, the inevitable fate of everyone who started playing piano very young, there’s a carpal tunnel issue which surgery might fix, but might not and anyway, it wouldn’t fix the arthritis. I could really use another pair of hands.

      Lately though, I’ve been thinking that maybe, if I limit myself and don’t try to draw all the time every day, I could do a bit.

      I always wished there was something I could DO with the drawings. I never figured it out. So I posted them so at least they didn’t just linger in my drawing pads until they all get tossed.

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  3. Time travel could be a possibility yesterday!


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