Cherry Saturday, May 4, 2019

Today is World Naked Gardening Day.

No?

Okay, it’s also Renewal Day, a day to, uh, well, here’s the description: “Renewal Day is all about reinvigorating yourself, refreshing your life and taking a look at things with a new zest and spark. It’s time to find things in your life that need a fresh look, a new perspective, and maybe even a brand new lick of paint!”

I’m thinking Renewal Day was started by the paint companies. But what I know is I need to renew this body before I participate in Naked Gardening Day.

The rest of you, party on.

50 thoughts on “Cherry Saturday, May 4, 2019

  1. I’m a red-head burner who is particularly tasty to bugs, so I garden with all the clothes I can find. But I like renewal day! Maybe I should subscribe to a couple of magazines so I have something to do next year.

    Oh, and it’s 6:30 p.m. here, but May the Fourth be with you all!

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    1. Sign over the highway I saw today read “Text you must not. May the fourth be with you”.

      Somebody in the highway department was pretty Star woke. 🙂

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  2. I’m going to pass on the naked gardening too. There are too many people in the neighborhood, and I don’t need the stares (or the ticket for public nudity). I’m thinking it’s time to take the houseplants out to the deck for their summer vacation. It will be a renewal for them at least!

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  3. Huh. Maybe in an enclosed, private, secret garden. Maybe.

    I prefer Star Wars Day. May the 4th be with you.

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    1. This is where I confess that I dropped out after the first three (and to cement how old I am, I saw them in theaters on their first runs) so aside from an undying passion for Leia and Han, I’m not really a SW person. Same thing with Star Trek (sorry). Avengers, however . . . .

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      1. Jenny, I too have watched just the original trilogy, and first run in theaters. And then on constant rerun on whatever premium movie channel had them on after that. My brother LOVED THEM. But while the special effects now seem cheesy, I still love the image of Leia yanking the blaster from someone?? Han?? and shooting up shit her-own-self.

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      2. I too saw all three on their first runs in theaters—will never forget the gasp that sucked literally all air from the room when we found out that the evil Darth Vader was indeed Luke’s father. So awesome! But the others just didn’t grab my fancy. And then my son wanted to see the new round and I got excited because Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford were all going to star. So we went and they killed off Han Solo! Killed him! Yup, that completely severed my relationship to Star Wars…. Did this happen to anyone else?

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        1. I think Ford wanted him to die in the first trilogy, but George Lucas wasn’t an idiot and kept Han alive.

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        2. Harrison Ford insisted on it. It was the only way he’d agree to be in the movies. So if you’re going to be mad at anyone, be mad at him.

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        3. I read that Mark Hamill, who was not hot to be in another Star Wars movie, said he would only do it if Harrison would do it and was astounded with Harrison agreed. I think it must have been like the very best class reunion you could go to – unlike most class reunions where the in crowd still is obnoxious and still thin. Or, equally as bad, you are thin and great looking, they aren’t, and they don’t care.

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      3. To tell the truth, aside from the Star Wars Cantina song and Carrie Fisher, I’m not a huge fan. But I do love a pun. It kills me that I forget Pi Day every year, and most years, I forget May 4, as well until it’s May 5.

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  4. It’s too cold here to go naked, although the new fences were finished yesterday, so I’ve got my privacy back (along with a bit less sun, of course). But John next door must have climbed a ladder, because he suddenly popped his head over the fence for a chat.

    I am gardening: just starting to sort out the garden borders now the handyman won’t be trampling them any more. I’m ruthlessly digging out the Spanish bluebells (because they’re a threat to our native ones) and all the dirty pink aquilegias. Plus anything else I don’t like the look of. I’ve got divisions of perennials that have survived for three years in pots and deserve good homes. Plus lots of seed I could sow.

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  5. It’s -8 and snowy here so I’m going to give naked gardening a big ol’ pass.

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  6. Too many bugs and neighbors, so no naked gardening. But I am happy I have my veggies in and now my brother better water them while I am gone.

    My husband finally got me the name of the company that sends the personal history question. It is called Storyworth.

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  7. The privacy isn’t a problem. But given the amount of dirt, hay, bites, and bugs I get covered in just by wearing shorts and a t-shirt, naked gardening might be… uncomfortable.

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  8. Ha! Cowards! In honor of Naked Gardening Day, I got nude and watered my Lucky Bamboo and those other plants the dotter talked me into. Good job for me all my “garden” are indoor plants, yes? Even the succulent (although I swear that one looks at me with a “water again this week?” stare on its leaves.)

    The fourth is with me, I am one with the fourth…

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  9. My boss wanted me to do a social media post about naked gardening day because we have a show about gardening coming up. Let me tell you, finding a free, work appropriate image of people naked gardening that doesn’t objectify anybody is HARD.

    I went with a cute cat instead.

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  10. We (by this I mean my husband whose project it is) are sponsoring the neighborhood bioswale replanting day. The city put a bioswale at the end of the traffic island in front of our house and then ignored it and half the plants died because the bioswale only gets water when it is raining and the street cants the wrong way for water to run into the bioswale. So he did a bunch of research and put in for a native plant grant, hunted the plants down, weeded the bioswale, and today they are planted. Besides the grant, the city provided signs to publicize the planting day and have shown up with compost and bark and has some people helping lay out the plants.

    I suppose I could show up naked, Portland has a naked bicycle ride every summer so public nudity is not necessarily illegal but I don’t believe my neighbors need to know that much about me.

    P.S. I weed the traffic island. I swore when the city put the bioswale in that I was not going to take on another public project and have pretty much kept with that vow.

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    1. Or as the cute blond who was in my life sculpture class said when one of the guys suggested she model for us when the model did not show up “Gee, guys, I’d like to but my horoscope said not to get naked in front of 20 people today.”

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    2. Cheering your husband! (And you and you’re weeding. All I do for my neighborhood is pick up trash.)

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      1. Thank you. I can’t believe how well the section we did turned out. The city suggested if we want to do the next section of it, we should put in for another grant for fall planting and that we will probably get the full amount since this section looks like it will turn out. My input into it mostly consisted of eliminating plants because he doesn’t have as much experience with shrubs and perennials: he is a tree guy. He did a really amazing design job on it.

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    3. Fun fact: the key with nudity in Portland is that it can be a protected form of free speech if not designed to titillate. So (in theory) the Naked Bike Ride is to protest and raise awareness of the vulnerability of cyclists.

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  11. I’ve been eating my food naked. By that I mean doctor’s orders, no longer using the cover up of salt. I got the stink eye from her yesterday after my blood pressure spiked during my annual exam. (took it twice) So good bye Morton’s Iodized, Kosher, Sea salt, Himalayan pretty pink salt and crystals, all the flavored salts. I’m going to miss you garlic and lemon – pepper. I’ll keep telling myself it is for my own good. Yes, it’s only been 24 hours. Crap and double Argh! Actually she is right I’ve got to get my blood pressure down.

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    1. Buying granulated garlic and an unsalted lemon-pepper blend will help you not miss the salt as much. Both garlic and lemon are flavors that will help disguise the reduced salt and your taste buds will become more sensitive once you reduce your sodium intake.

      I know it is out of print now, but Craig Claiborne’s Gourmet Diet had a very good discussion of seasonings to use after eliminating salt. If you can find a copy in the library, you might want to look it over. Also, the single largest source of sodium in most diets is prepared food. If you cook for yourself more often, that will be an immediate help.

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      1. Thank you both for recommendations. I checked the library and the only book available by Craig Claiborne is Cooking with herbs and spices. Also checked my Weight Watcher cookbooks and was surprised to see salt as an added ingredient. At the time I was in WW I only cared about counting points. But after skimming through the cookbook I came across a lemon-pepper sea scallop recipe made without any salt.

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  12. Poison ivy. No I’m not naked gardening. I could imitate Gary and do it inside but my DH would think I am impinging on his territory.
    We will go however to buy annuals.
    We because I am dangerous if unaccompanied in garden stores.

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  13. The fourth is definitely with my family. Today is my grandson’s third birthday. We celebrated this morning and I am gardening (fully clothed) in central New Jersey this afternoon.

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  14. Thinking “Renewal Day” is just a fancy way of saying it’s spring cleaning time. Or as the pup calls it, “time to put away that pesky winter coat and let my hair blow in the breeze”;)

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  15. Naked Gardening would not be nice for my neighbors. Of course, it’s possible that no one would see me, I do live out in the country. But it’s green-up day here in Vermont, so there are more people than usual out roaming the countryside, and besides it’s not sunny. Like I needed an excuse to keep my clothes on.

    Saw the first three (first ones released) SW in the theaters like you, Jenny. There’s a story about watermelon and vodka plus a bunch of high school kids and one very cute older brother. Loved the first three. Felt so sorry for Luke having the big bad as his father.

    Hated the next two released and didn’t watch the third of that set. I love Ray and her story, although it took my breath away when Kilo killed Han. NOOO! I will see the next one coming out in December.

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  16. So far I went to a honey festival, an improv audition and now I am working at my volunteer job. The Fourth will be celebrated tomorrow at a tiny space-themed con I am going to.

    I went to improv auditions at my old comedy school even though I have been auditioning off and on for four years and have never gotten in and will never get in and I know it and they know it. Whatever they are looking for, I am clearly not it. At this point nobody is left that I went to school with that is still auditioning, and one girl I was in school with NOW RUNS THE PROGRAM because she is perfect and has been from day one, sigh. Also apparently the last time they had auditions they literally took one person out of 2o or 30 or whatever that auditioned, sigh.

    I feel less bad about this stuff since I am in an improv play right now, mind you. I am trying to give myself bonus points for trying, just go out and have fun, etc.

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  17. There are many things I like to do naked, but gardening is not one of them. Also, a single gardening Day is unrealistic. Today is pouring rain. Yesterday was pouring rain. Tomorrow will be pouring rain for the morning. Most gardening should not be done when it’s this wet.

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  18. I picture a group of falling down drunks coming up with this as a holiday idea. Hope the hangover nearly killed them and lasted for days.

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  19. I gardened on Thursday, so that lets me off the hook for getting naked and cavorting with plants today. At least I hope, and so do the neighbors.

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  20. A lot of plants were put in the ground for me today, for which I am deeply grateful.

    Yet the addition which made me jump for joy was the big quartz stone (75-100 lbs?) which appeared in a long garden that provides the edge to the circle of driveway at the entrance to the house. I love quartz — all sizes of quartz grace my gardens and yard.

    So, I love all the new plants — from a redbud, a pink dogwood, and an inkberry to dutchmen’s breeches and bearberry — but the quartz is particularly wonderful.

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      1. Deborah — I’ll post one next week. In the meantime, I’m going to wander the woods seeking more quartz. My wonderful gardener/landscaper young man — actually he calls himself my middle child — has begged me not to buy more plants this week. I’d burdened him with too many in my first “baby native pollinators!” frenzy.

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  21. No gardening for me today (although I have plenty of things that need to go in the ground, since it has been raining pretty much every day for over a week). I went to a belated Beltane (May Day) celebration about an hour away. It didn’t rain (yay!) but it was chilly and cloudy enough that everyone kept their clothes on, more or less. With Pagans, that isn’t always a given.

    Also, I’m in tick country.

    I could definitely use some renewal, so if anyone spots some, put it in a box and send it to me please.

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    1. What is it with the ticks this year? They seem to be blowing past all the flea prevention stuff. I am not amused.

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  22. I went to the garden store. My husband did not help me be restrained. There will be a lot of clothed gardening when weather permits.

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  23. I pursued renewal today by taking hearing aid info out to the wonderful woman who sold me my mattress. My brother’s new hearing aid has absolutely changed his life and once he finally emailed me the info, I shared it with a friend who needed it for her husband. The thought of him being able to enjoy music again and the fact that for the first time in 2 weeks it didn’t rain today definitely made my day.

    Since I live in an apartment and am a certified plant killer, I’ll leave the gardening to the rest of you.

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  24. We have a children’s book called “GOOD NIGHT, DARTH VADER” and a Little Golden Book called “I AM A JEDI” and the 4yo enjoys both. Recently he’s become very interested in good vs evil and started asking which of the characters in each book are good and which are evil… Which led him to much confusion, because the evil Darth Vader of “I Am A Jedi” is reading bedtime stories to Luke and Leia in the other book.

    All this to say that he asked my husband recently, “Dada, was Darth Vader good to his kids?”

    Cameron, probably picturing Luke’s hand falling down the tunnel, or perhaps Leia in the prison cell, said, “Uh…. Well…”

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  25. Being outside naked is fun, as long as (and I can’t stress this enough) no one can see you. And you don’t get sunburned.

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