It is not always the biggest flowers that I enjoy the most
I gotta tell you, I am really starting to enjoy the weekends much more than I have for quite some time! Sunday’s have historically been a day for getting the chores done (laundry, grocery getting, house cleaning, etc.); however, since I purchased my bicycle in January, Saturday’s and Sunday’s have become a day for getting out, getting some exercise, and just having fun without worrying about parking, gas, or traffic.
Cineraria in incredibly VIVID purple!
Since getting the bike; I have been trying to ride somewhere in the 15 – 20 mile range during the weekends. I have come to terms with the reality that 20+ years of driving had taken its toll on my stamina, leg strength, and overall cardiovascular system; by the time I get home after a long ride, I am usually far too tired to think about doing chores! This is not a terrible thing as I now find that I spend even more time out on the patio just enjoying the garden from a comfy garden chair (to rest my weary old bones upon). The chores which formerly dominated my weekend are easily pawned off on an unsuspecting work week, ensuring that my weekends are again valued as a precious resource - not to be squandered on the tedious, but to enjoy at a full throttle pace in pursuit of fun!
‘Il Toro Blu’ – 2012 SE Draft – Froio’s Custom Edition
My bicycle has followed the same theme as my garden; replace and refresh until I find something I like – with the garden; it was January’s Winter Patio Refresh ; taking what I had learned from 2-years of gardening here in Oakland and turning that into what is now the garden I envisioned when I moved in and realized that the patio was screaming to be reborn. The patio was a dirty, unkempt, and generally dingy concrete slab, devoid of anything interesting which I quickly set about addressing.
From the barren wasteland that you see outside the window in this early blog image (Mr. Big Boy Avocado and an avocado that didn’t quite make it)…
My plant collection, January 2011
To what I enjoy today (Mr. Big Boy Avocado still very much a part of the landscape)…
Flowers, Flowers, Everywhere
So too my bicycle has undergone a metamorphosis; from the plain stock version that arrived in January. I quickly set about upgrading this, changing out that, and before I knew it; the only parts remaining from the factory are the frame, forks, front brake caliper, and chain. Starting with the pedals, I have replaced everything on the bike at least once, some twice (handlebars, cranks, & grips).
Jan. 16, 2013 – Factory Fresh
Now; after much searching for just the right part to accomplish an image that was never clear in my mind until it unfolded before me, my bike is a track monster which I have dubbed; ‘Il Toro Blu’; Italian for the Blue Bull, after the 2nd set of new handlebars (Cannondale C3 Bullhorn Aero Bars) and the bikes theme color (blue).
Il Toro Blue (the Blue Bull) – March 24, 2013
Note to self: find another frameset to put all of the parts that I replaced onto
While writing this post earlier today I realized something about myself; I am not sure if it is a good thing, a bad thing, or just an ‘it is what it is‘ thing. Either way; I think I know why I have often butted heads with those in my life that want me to conform to their ideals, I am a stubborn, bull-headed, learn-it-by-myself, or don’t learn it kind of guy.
The hydrangea readies itself for summertime blooms
The way I look at it, I know what I want in life (same as with gardens and bicycles), I generally know a way to get there, and once locked in, I won’t compromise that methodology in pursuit of something that doesn’t ring true with me. I am sorry if my methods don’t always make sense to those around me, my methods and directions always make perfect sense to at least one person, myself.
Ms. Jade’s new planter mates are settling in nicely
This stubbornness has definitely caused a lot of familial stress and relationship stress.
- Is it my fault for not bending like the young willow?
- Is it the other party’s fault for not realizing that I am who I am and leaving well enough alone?
I don’t know the answer to either question; however, I do know that I miss my family. I also know that I won’t be the one with the olive branch extended this time around, I didn’t do anything wrong this time. I guess I will just continue to till my own soil and beat my own path my own way. Overall; the good has outweighed the bad – What bad there has been, I have dealt with myself and have come out the other side a-okay.
I will leave the answers to such questions on the table for now, that deck will have to wait for another day to be dealt out.
For today, it is late, and I shall just leave with these parting shots – enjoy…
Last year’s Amaryllis bulb has awoken
Looking up through the Euphorbia
Pastel Blue Cineraria
Until next time….
HAPPY GARDENING FRIENDS!