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PUTTERING

putter  verb  put·​ter | \ ˈpə-tər  \ puttered; puttering; putters

Definition of putter (Entry 3 of 3)

NORTH AMERICAN - gerund or present participle: puttering

  1. occupy oneself in a desultory but pleasant manner, doing a number of small tasks or not concentrating on anything particular.

  2. move or go in a casual, unhurried way

 

Otherwise known as "The hurrier I go, the behinder I get", to quote Lewis Carroll. Puttering is doing something which could be done conventionally in half the time it takes to do it unconventionally, or, creatively. Creative takes time and thought, sometimes research -- because you thought you saw something similar somewhere. Was it a magazine? Pinterest? Facebook? 

 

Puttering costs more, because you are always missing at least one thing you need to complete the task. Puttering is messy. Always messy. But my Mama used to say if you're not making a mess you're not doing anything. 

Here's what I'm puttering with right now:

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Hooked on Pots

I mentioned last month that my paternal grandmother, Carrie Adelaide Blake Thomas was an avid gardener. Her roses and hollyhocks flourished in a garden spot on the west side of her Cape Cod home in Richmond, Virginia. She added one rose bush each year to her collection. Sometimes we girls got to pick it for her. Barefoot mornings in her rose garden with a watering can filled with rainwater are one of my most treasured childhood memories. 

 

But my best efforts this spring did not produce Laura's "Gardening Answer" results. Still, I managed to create a few container pots of annuals which, although did not yet sink into permanent soil, did manage to bring delightful color to a patch of ivy in my backyard. But rains and heat soon invited some prickly weeds to join the party, and the impolite intruders quickly took over the grounds. They will soon succumb to the Brush Killer recently purchased, but meanwhile, the hearty plants have been removed from their overgrown nest.

Puttering has now become Puttering on the Porch. The pots will find their happy home on display on my front porch. Life on the porch just got happier. Updates later.