Let's see: two solid weeks of work preparing for parties, a party weekend, followed by a week of hosting family - that adds up to taking the rest of the summer off, doesn't it? I wish I were one of those people who could multitask, and then I'd have taken blogworthy photos of the two graduation parties, followed by two birthday cakes for two of my favorite people (my son and my mom), and the anniversary celebration (my parents, 56 years!), and Father's Day - but I'm not. Needless to say, there's been no junking. There's been a fair amount of cleaning, cooking, yard work and gardening, which has given my idle mind time to consider life's great questions. I posed this one to myself: If I could do only one, what would it be: gardening or junking?
Every morning I go out to the garden, and there's something new waiting for me. Like peas. Only twice in my life (when my husband brought home tablecloths from a friend, and when my neighbor dropped off some awesome metal porch furniture) have I awakened to new junk. Advantage: gardening.
Some flowers are self-sowing and produce multitudes of offspring with no intervention or effort on my part. The same, sadly, cannot be said of Shiny Brites, Jadite or vintage tablecloths. Advantage: gardening.
Unforeseen events can ruin the garden: hail, pests, drought. Bad things can happen with junk: stains don't come out, a Swanky Swig gets chipped, the dog stands too close to the Christmas tree and wags his tail vigorously. I think this one's a tie.
I have seriously injured myself gardening. In fact, I took up junking during a long period when my back was such a wreck that I really couldn't garden. Now, however, thanks to modern medicine, I can do both! But I don't think I've ever been disabled from junking. Advantage: junking.
If you don't hurt yourself, however, gardening builds serious strength and burns calories. As for junking, two words: Auction food. Advantage: gardening.
Gardening improves my mood. (Did you know that there is bacteria in soil that has been shown in experiments to mimic the effect of Prozac? Good times!) From time to time I have experienced a junker's high, but I have to admit, it's fleeting. Advantage: gardening.