Brain Dead


I sat here looking at a blank screen
and looked outside at the scene
what I saw was dull and grey
as it was kind of a cloudy day
and although the temperature had risen
I sat and tried to make a decision
do I want to go outside
and cut back the plants that have all died
or rake the leaves fallen off the trees
those that have died and come down with ease
with many more ready to fall
I may be raking at Nature’s call
but as my brain is not functioning well
and the call from Nature is almost a yell
I think outside is where I will go
and me and my rake will put on a show. 

Written 1/21/2018

Thoughts or lack of them…


Sitting  here with nothing to do
staring at a blank screen
without a clue, of anything to write
no words to spell, quite obviously
nothing to tell.

How can my mind be so blank
what’s happened to all those thoughts
that I had, last night
as I lay down my head
before I went to sleep in my bed.

Morning came and brought a fresh day
no sun shining just skies of gray
hints of rain and weather so drab
and a mood to match no sunlight here
and a mind still blank with nothing to cheer.

If my mind is blank with nothing to write
what can I do, this is my plight
as I wrack my brain for something to say
a little word, will it come my way
or should I wait ’till another day.

Look the sun is peeking through
and has solved my problem
of what to do, instead outside
to rake some leaves
and clean the paths
and trim the trees…
peace at last.


Working in the yard or sweating in the gym

lifting weightsI went to work out in the yard
where I hadn’t done much in a while
I had stayed indoors because of the heat
and worked on pieces for the blog

Instead of starting in the morn
I waited until my work was done
so when I finally stepped outside
the sun was high and shining bright

I grabbed the rake to clean the paths
full of lot’s of good intent
but after raking a couple of them
my shirt was soaked and covered in sweat.

I thought, “To hell with this,
I do not need to be out here
and put up the rake and went indoors
and changed my sweaty clothes for shorts.

I jumped into the car as I grabbed my bag
making sure to have a water bottle or two
and went to the gym where I worked out
until I was sweating just like before.

The difference being gym sweat is good
as it means that I am working hard
as opposed to sweating out in the yard
just thinking of raking all those leaves.


Raking Leaves

Two hours later I was through
and drove back home and walked outside
and decided that I was way too tired
and the leaves could keep so I let them ride

I guess the moral of the story is
to pick and choose at what to work hard
and weigh the benefits  to the mind
and choose the most satisfying kind.

Today’s Ramblings

It’s been a week or more since my last blog and that was a poem about my little boys soccer team.They had a game yesterday and didn’t do so well losing 4-1. We do have another game today so maybe there will be better things to write about this evening.

To make matters worse, my most favorite team, Manchester United, lost big time to their cross town rivals, Manchester City. They didn’t just lose, they were annihilated 6-1. This was billed as the game of the week with City top of the table and United second and usually it is a very good game but today, everything went wrong for them. They lost a player to a stupid tackle just outside the box on the last player rule and had to play the entire rest of the second half, down a man.

In truth, after a magnificent start to the season playing some great flowing, fast attacking soccer, United looked totally unstoppable but for the last three, make that four games, they have lost their edge and only their fighting spirit had kept them on the winning track.. Today, they even lost their fighting spirit. There is a lot of the season left and Sir Alex will get them shaped up. They may not win the league but should finish in the top four.

As for City, it’s amazing what money can buy. Just like Chelsea, if you got the bucks, you can buy a team. I personally have very little time and patience with “bought” teams preferring those that use their youngsters as they come through the ranks or taking younger, inexperienced players and turning them into superstars.

On the garden scene, thank goodness the weather really is fall like. Cooler days. cold mornings and a chill in the air in the evenings. We got three inches of rain last week, the first in months and I have been able to take a break from the incessant hand watering. If we don’t get more rain soon, I will need to start back up again. I thought I heard yesterday that we are thirteen inches down on water for the year and the ground has very little moisture in it even at the deeper level.

I stopped at the Wildflower Center for their plant sale last week and picked up a few native plants mostly of the shrub variety. I am going to gradually convert the entire yard to Texas native plants in the hopes of less work in the summer in trying to keep things alive. The Garden Center is truly a fun place to go if you are into any form of natural gardening, Their gardens are a showplace full of natural Texas wonders and I get some wonderful ideas just walking around. Of course having ideas and then putting them into practice are two totally separate things but I can dream, can’t I?

Well, after getting up early (for me), to watch my team lose, I now have the rest of this beautiful day to work out in the yard. I have bird feeders that need to be filled, new plants to water, leaves to rake and ponds to take care of before I leave around 2:30 pm to coach my little boys team who I hope, can make up for the disappointment of watching the Professionals lose.

If they can’t, it doesn’t really matter. It’s all about watching them grow and hoping to make a difference and the fact that I woke up this morning and that it is another beautiful day and that I feel alive and grateful. That’s what it’s about.