Thursday, October 25

The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly. ( Aunty Evil Alert!! Do not read!!)

This might be termed the Good. It is our 'Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow' shrub. It does have another 'proper name' which I am too lazy to look up, at present. It is very attractive- if you like purple & all the colour variations. It also has a very nice perfume.Ours is a little sunstarved, due to the over-hanging Grevillea, previously posted here, on this blog- too lazy to retrieve the post.

The past few days take their toll. I am on my 3rd glass of wine. Hell, I can barely type~ let alone do links!

This might be termed the Bad, or the Optomistic... depending on where you stand. It is a photo of a spider busily weaving some poor critter into it's web. On the other hand, it is an appallingly bad photo, so no harm may be done, regarding arachnophobics. You garden purists, please excuse the 'ugly' succulents. They grow so freely & willingly, we cannot bear to remove them. Plus we do admire their tenacity, & their form. The same applies to the fish fern in the back drop- however we feel no guilt at removing those when, & if, we so desire!!

This next pic is not really the Ugly. It is a shot from down on our lower garden, up into today's grey & weeping sky. The rain was sooo welcome. But not nearly enough! The Grey glowered at us all day. It periodically wept it's feeble tears. Those tears were woefully inadequate. In the grand scheme of things.
This is our roof, our top level palm- a Bandanna. And the fern tree on the left, sprouting it's new leaves, & the Maple on the right with a Draceana in the foreground. Dark? Foreboding? New life, in the fern fronds? New hope?


Perhaps the Ugly here. Twisted trunks. Our pitiful Jacaranda, which this year has graced us with NOT ONE flower!!! Gom has threatened to cut it down. For the past 10 years I have begged for it's life. Does it reward me with blossom??
NO WAY!! It jeers at me. It makes me think it will produce blossom, to curse, or bless. But, in our 10 years of life here, it has only ever given us about 3 clumps of flowers. Perhaps Gom should be given his head??
This following may be said to truly represent the Ugly. The neighbour has a penchant for Penile or Phallic symbols. He carves his poor pinely trees into Phallic symbols. They now house Mynah bird nests. A true curse on our society. I do not see the attraction to Phallic shapes. Perhaps I am a peasant??
I also find the wires & aerials of home CB? or such like, rather ugly.
However in the interests of neighbourly harmony, we say nothing, & turn our faces away from the unsightly aerials & wires, & the sounds of fecking bloody compressors machinery being acitvated at hours when we might enjoy our back yard, & the peace therein.
We do try to concentrate on the positive. Hell, if you are laughing you cant very well cry can you??
The Sil continues to be tenuously at home. It could change in a second.
The said disposition might be deemed to be 'foul'. Pain is a factor I am sure.
I wish to thank your all, for your good thoughts. prayers, or whatever you might term them.
These times are difficult. It is hard to remain up, & illogical. I still see the humorous side of things. Then guilt steals in?
My silly skin complaint is refusing to clear. I have consulted the Dr again. We shared a laugh about it. I am sure it will be resolved.
He told me it is "Not exactly cancer" haha. I dont think it is!



John Denver, Shanghai Breezes. For Joyce!!

24 comments:

h&b said...

ooh - can we get a pic of your Draceana ?!?

Mike said...

Hope the skin issues get resolved soon. I just had a "minor" skin cancer removed this summer. It was not much fun.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Pesky disorders of the skin can be bothersome, good luck with that. I think all the flora are pretty to look at, no uglies at all!

joyce said...

"Not exactly cancer" what on earth does that mean?? I guess another glass of wine would be in order. Lol. Thanks for the song dedication. We are definitely thinking Shanghai these days.

Tanya said...

Well, I guess if you are still finding humor then things aren't all bad. I hope the doctors will be able to give you some clear answers soon. For both you and your son-in-law.

threecollie said...

Stumbled on your blog from My Piece of Heaven. Interesting stuff. I like your plants...

Lucy said...

Rage on, Meggie darling...

ancient one said...

Meggie, I hope your skin condition clears up soon on its own. Was the doctor making light of your concerns?

I loved the pictures. No ugly plants anywhere that I could see. I especially liked the purple shrub and those succulents (sp?) looked fine. I liked those especially too!!

We had rain all night and its still rainy around here today. We are so thanful for RAIN.

LC said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog about cloth comfort dolls. I found links to free patterns and all sorts of other information on http://www.comfortdolls.blogspot.com/ and will take this option to my quilting group. I know our local Zebra society would gladly receive dolls like this for the abused children that they care for!

blessing to you!

Thimbleanna said...

Meggie, you're so funny. I was really glad I didn't have my mouth full of pop when I read your comment about the neighbor. Look at the bright side -- he's provided you with a lot of entertainment! Do you really think he knowingly trims the shrubs that way? Maybe he's completely innocent. LOL.

Isabelle said...

Oh dear - you've been writing a lot while we've been away/frantically recovering from being away - and not all happy. Hope things turn out better very soon.

Emma said...

Sorry about your jacaranda. I am thinking seriously about sneaking out and photographing my neighbours front lawn, then waxing lyrical about it on my blog. His Jacaranda is glorious this year. I think it's because of the drought. You know, jacarandas bloom poorly; blame the drought, they bloom extravagantly; blame the drought anyway!

Ragged Roses said...

Sorry to hear all your news Meggie. Hope things improve for you and your son in law. I can't see any ugly in your photos!
Kim x

Helen said...

Sorry to hear your SIL is not well. I hope things improve quickly.

tanya said...

Hi there

Hope things start to look more good than bad really soon.

I was tagged for a meme on my blog and got to the end and had the nasty, "tag five people," issue. So I decided to tag five people whose blogs I hadn't read until today. And you're one of them. I really like your blog and wanted to link to you. If you decide to take part, great, if you're not a meme kind of person, that is fine also. The meme will hit my blog tomorrow (Saturday).

Cheers,

Tanya.

Jeanette said...

Hi Meggie, Hope your skin problems clear up very soon, "Not exactly cancer" it is or it isnt.
I cant see any ugly plants either. in fact I have a few succulents and one like yours... Take care cover up in the sun

sheoflittlebrain said...

Personally, I do not believe in the cutting down of trees, but it is one of my DH's favorite things to do..maybe if they were pruned into phallic symbols he would like them better..
Keep laughing Meggie and keep hanging in..

sheoflittlebrain said...

Personally, I don't believe in the cutting down of trees, but my DH has a penchent for it. The tree is of the wrong species or in the wrong spot..etc. I fight for them!
Keep laughing Meggie, and keep hanging in:)

Nadine said...

Meggie, dear,
I'm so sorry : I haven't visited your Blog for a few days, and didn't know you've been in trouble and pain, both you and your Sil.
I really make wishes that everything will get better, for both of you, and especially that you'll get some clear information !
Keep smiling, Meggie !

You're in my thoughts and I'm sending biiiig ((Hugs)) and smiles, to you !

NADINE

Jeanne said...

Oh, Meggie -- "not exactly cancer"!? I know I shouldn't laugh, but ...
Any news about your SIL?
I have lots of those third glass of wine days.
Jeanne

Joey Polanski said...

I manage to keep my skin helthy by sheddin it two or three times a year.

Ian Lidster said...

God gave us a sense of humour to enable us to carry on. My thoughts are with you, and my prayers.

Marja said...

Hi Meggie just stop by to say hello. You've got a good sense of humour and it surely is gonna be all right but it can be quite scary. I absolutely love your yesterday, today and tomorrow shrub. That's a nice name you came up with.

Finn said...

Oh Meggie, so sorry to hear the news from Lake Woebegone...it's not good news anywhere there, is it? I'd send s couple more bottles of wine if I had your addy...I think the solution might lie within that corked chamber today.
I do hope the skin condition can be figured out and dealth with. It sounds like a lot to have to bear, (or bare?). As for your neighbor, that's just way too strange for me...LOL, altho I do get the drift of it all. Wonder if he does? Sending big hugs, Finn