Summer’s Labors

Labor Day was originally intended to celebrate the American worker.  Ironically many workers find themselves at work this week end!  Both of my college educated children are hard at work this week end.  My son, a Hot Shot wildfire fighter and EMT is working very hard in an Oregon forest, far from his home in Santa Fe, NM.  My daughter manages a Soul Cycle and is devoted to the health and well being of the wonderful riders/clients at that studio  and will be working this week end as well.  (They are open 365 days a year!)  Have you noticed a change in the work force?

My work days have changed!  I work from home for a wonderful independent book shop, Elm Street Books.  All of the people that work there are devoted to their work, believing in the importance of a small town book shop as one of the centers of sharing ideas and knowledge.  I no longer work in an antique shop, which I loved, but I still work at finding great pieces at auction and from the internet.  And I have been working very hard at getting dahlias to grow in Georgia.  My first success, just this week!  Dr. Les has bloomed!

"Dr. Les"

“Dr. Les”

I shudder when I think how easy it was in Connecticut and how my dozens of dahlias would be blooming like mad at this time of year!  More work to be done on that score!

We are taking the week end to enjoy the natural beauty of our new home. IMG_0343 The egrets are fascinating as they find their evening nesting place. IMG_0358 We watch until the light leaves.IMG_0366

We are also watching the most incredible live cam, courtesy of Audubon Society.  If you are at all interested in ospreys or birds,  GO to explore.org for a live video cam view of an osprey nest.  The three osprey that were hatched in this nest are preparing to migrate South, so you must go NOW to see them before they leave.  I leave the page open to hear their sounds while I am creating this post.  I feel like Maine is outside my window!!

Happy Labor Day to all of the workers, especially those who did not get the week end off!

About Jayne on Weed Street

Wife, mother, and owner of pets much loved. Gardener of three decades, amateur photographer, ardent about art, antiques and books.
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8 Responses to Summer’s Labors

  1. elaine says:

    Your dahlia is fabulous – mine have been pretty rubbish this year (must try harder).

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  2. They are so rewarding when everything goes right; I’m not going to give up!

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  3. bittster says:

    Love the coastal images. I could sit there for quite a while -assuming the no-see-ums and mosquitos keep their distance!

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    • We have been here since May and the no-see-ums were an issue for a couple weeks, but they are put off with a little herbal insect spray and the mosquitos at the farm were nasty one or two evenings – again insect spray helps. Near the water, they have never been a nuisance.

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  4. I did not labor today but school starts tomorrow so let the labor begin! I haven’t had much luck with dahlias, either, but need to try again. 🙂 Yours is a beauty!

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  5. Karen B. says:

    I was fortunate to have a 3-day weekend. Work week will begin tomorrow. What a pretty dahlia. I have never attempted to grow them due to the limited sun exposure in my yard, but a friend of mine grows them with great success.
    Your new home location looks like it would be fun…I love observing nature and it’s nice to have it at your backdoor.
    Enjoy the rest of your day.
    Karen

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  6. I hope your son stays safe! Increased flexibility is a big positive change at work for many. On the other hand, many are hurt by low wages, no sick days, no pensions, and the unwillingness of employers to offer full time work,

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  7. What an amazing dahlia that is. I too believe in the small book store. 🙂

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