Tuesday, April 4, 2017

My Manana Life

The sun will come out tomorrow, so I am doing OK.


I need to take a trip to the store, but it's raining. I'll do it tomorrow.  Make an appointment - tomorrow.  Defrost tonight's dinner - tomorrow.  Clean out closets - definitely tomorrow.  Seeds are still in their packages, potting soil bags  are unopened, and layers of fall leaves clutter my gardens.  Plans that are usually made this time of year, aren't.  I might need a dose of Vitameatavegamin or a B12 shot to counteract these dreaded blahs. It started in March, but has its roots in November. Bare trees do that to me.  Then the warm February came and some energy returned.  The trees spouted buds and green was popping out of the soil. I was stoked as I anticipated an early spring. Then the snow, sleet, and ice came and the buds on the Willow disappeared. The beginnings of the spring bulbs lay under the white, thick ice that a sledgehammer couldn't penetrate.  It has gotten warmer now and the season is proceeding as it should, but I am lost in my mañana-land and am feeling quite comfortable in it. I am sure my mojo will return - maybe tomorrow.

"The window she is broken, and the rain is comin' in
If someone doesn't fix it, I'll be soaking to my skin.
But if we wait a day or two, the rain may go away
And we don't need a window on such a sunny day.
Manana, manana, manana  is soon enough for me.
Peggy Lee

How you doin'

57 comments:

  1. I keep thinking about 'Orphan Annie' ..... The sun will come out tomorrow, I love ya tomorrow. Tomorrow is only a day away.' Trouble is, it never gets any closer, but it's always that battle between Winter and Spring. I think I know how you're feeling Arleen, but Spring will get the upper hand - It always does. I think about you often. Take care. Love Molly xx

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    1. Dear Molly, I think of you also.and wonder how you are coping. . I hope your grandchildren are keeping you company and helping you out. Have you started your tunnel garden?

      I raked the leaves out of one of my gardens and found below them the green beginnings of spring.

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  2. Sometimes manana is the best day to do errands. I like that. Soon those pretty tulips will be in bloom for you.

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    1. The even better thing about mañana, Terra, is that it can be put off till the day after mañana.

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  3. Your tulip photo is really pretty. I know how you feel, I've been going through the same weather. It was such a tease for a while wasn't it? Today is a manana day for me too, though I am going to make an effort to cook dinner because that chicken breast needs to be cooked, it can't wait for manana! :) Otherwise, the big spring cleaning I'd planned for the snow/rain/freezing rain week we're having...well, hasn't really started yet. The weather has, but I'm still stuck in yesterday's sun! ;)

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    1. Rain, I love your last line, "I'm still stuck in yesterday's sun". That is a beautiful place to be.

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  4. It's a craze that's sweeping the nation.......tomorrow....the sun will come up tomorrow. Fingers crossed.

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  5. I need a little manana in my life. I have (again) been using my to-do lists to whip myself with.
    Thank you for the reminder.
    I hope that Spring stops flirting with you and settles down.

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    1. EC, I also have a long "to do list". However, I don't feel like picking it up to read. Next week I will have company so my last possible mañana day is Saturday. Necessity will spring me into action.

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  6. I hear you- I do not like this time of year. It is overcast, cold and ugly and we can still get snow and ice for a few weeks yet. ugh!
    Hope you get some mojo back! xo Diana

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    1. We have had too many cold, overcast, and ugly days, Diana, but thankfully, all the snow has melted and I will not even consider that it could snow again this spring. February, which seems so long ago, brought us weather that made it possible for friends and us to dine outside. Ahh, the good old days.

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  7. Arleen love your header 🌷
    My hubby loves to tell me "never do today what you can put off until tomorrow!" He knows what a procrastinator I am but at least he says it with a smile.
    The changing of the seasons seem to always keep us guessing which one will finally win. Usually the new season finally pulls ahead... so hang in there 💕

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    1. As long as your husband says it with a smile, Jan, things are good. Procrastination is an art, you just have to know when the last minute is.

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  8. Spring seems to be going according to plan here in France, but I'm never complacent; Mother Nature has a way of slapping you in the face if she becomes bored.

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    1. I got my seeds together last night with the intention of starting some plants. This morning I heard that there was snow expected in some nearby states. We are warm today and it is April, but it is an upside down year and I can't be sure that winter is done. I will plant though and hope for the best.

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  9. You deserve the best mañana. I'm an authority, so there!

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  10. You have highlighted one of the big advantages of retirement; I begin to lose track of which day of the week we are in - and I love it! I am slowly drifting into a 'day-after-mañana' kind of outlook.
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  11. Sounds like you might benefit from a heater and a sun ray lamp if the weather doesn't improve! :D

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    1. We have sun today, Jenny. Tomorrow, they are predicting heavy rain, winds and possible tornadoes. You just never know what Mother Nature will throw at you. However, I did go out and plant today. It felt good.

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  12. well, baseball season has begun, the hyacinths are up, the snow killed the daffs, the cherry and bradford pear blossoms are popping. my allergies have made themselves known. IT'S SPRING!

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    1. My pear trees opened up this week, my purple azaleas are beautifully in bloom, and the cherry showed the signs of life yesterday. Today, I did the same.

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  13. The reference to Vitameatavegamin cheered me up considerably. Thanks for that. Good to see in a previous post that spring was working her magic on you with the azaleas and cherry trees.

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  14. Lately, I have had some great spurts of energy lastinig until after lunch. The rest will be done tomorrow, which is another great song.

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    1. Spurts of energy till noon is very impressive, Inger. . I start making excuses about 10 AM.

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  15. It's a beautiful day here in South Carolina, but for some reason I feel unaccountably sad and anxious. Just...off. It seems like a waste of a gorgeous afternoon.

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    1. I have been seeing on the news that the Carolinas are getting tornadoes. I'm glad to hear that you were having sunny skies and are not in danger. I have only seen one tornado in my life and hope to never see another one again. Enjoy your beautiful days, Jennifer.

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  16. As Scarlett O'Hara so wisely said - "Tomorrow is another day..."

    Tomorrow becomes today and then tomorrow is another day and yesterday was once today, and before that tomorrow...so who knows when things will get done? :)

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  17. I like your relaxed approach, much happier than feeling stressed and overwhelmed like there's never enough time in the day. And healthier too!

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    1. I might be over relaxing, but I'll think about that tomorrow.

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  18. The song reminds me of the story we learned in elementary school about the monkeys and their leaky roof ... when it rained they huddled miserably and promised they'd fix the hole on the first fine day, but when the sun came out they played instead. Story of my life, too! Ugh, I am a terrible procrastinator. I mean, an excellent procrastinator. You know what I mean.

    Hope your spring has sprung for good.

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    1. I know what you mean, Jenny. We can't put off the big stuff, but the small stuff (and most things are small stuff), well, they are for mañana.

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  19. Doing well, as we've exchanged a Scottish Winter for a Kiwi Summer...even though it has been windier and wetter than usual. Got through February and March feeling healthy and active for a change! Glad to hear you're enjoying Spring

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  20. I don't know what a Scottish winter is like but a Kiwi summer sounds yummy.

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    1. Thank you, Susan. That is a picture from last year.. This year's are still popping up. I love my tulips.

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  22. I've never heard that Manana song, but I think it's really cute. I'm usually not a person who can sit around without doing something. However, I'm amazing at putting off chores I don't want to do, so it balances out. Have a lovely weekend!

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  23. Cold gray weather is notorious for taking the wind out of my sales, but spring does counteract that feeling nicely. I do not plant tulips but love seeing them everywhere this time of year!

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  24. Dear Arleen, I definitely am in the Peggy Lee Mañana phase. I can remember her singing that on the first, really small, black and white tv we had back in the early '50s. Like you I put things off since my operation. But each day I'm trying to do a little more. but oh the blahs have me in their grip also! It's so nice to just read and nap . . . and eat! Peace.

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  25. Thank you, your story reminds me that I need to take my B-12.

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  26. You have a wonderful way of writing that makes me nod my head in agreement. Thankfully we do have tomorrow...and most should try to see it this way. Life is too short to be chasing our tails.

    Jane x

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  27. I still have a 45 Peggy Lee record of that song. (Does that mean I'm officially... old? Tough!)

    With me, I don't think I put off things all that much. It's more a matter of me not thinking it matters that my floor is no longer clean enough for anyone to eat off of it. Things I used to do on a regular basis have simply given way to other things. The mojo for washing windows every week has been replaced by writing mojo. Not very good exercise, but lots more fun!

    Here we are in May already. I trust spring is settling in for good there. Our weather is still kinda schizophrenic. The poor plants don't know what season it is.

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  28. hows everythin Going your way and has spring arrived I hope? Have you got seeds planted and what all do you like to grow? Flowers or vegetables. Or both? It has been hot Here for tHe past week and we have turned the air on. Our little seeds have done great and are now planted into the "real" gardens and hubby has green beans and tomatoes as well this year----sure excited about those!

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  29. Hi Arleen, I no longer have the same blog I used to have, if you'd like to stop by just click on my name.

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  30. lots of tomorrows in your post my friend!
    but i am glad that finally spring seems to step into your manana land.
    loved your beautiful poetry,so adorable !

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  31. So glad to see youve been by!how is spring coming along? About the pretty restaurants-- no we have not ate there yet but hope to very soon!--you join us!!

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  32. Ps-- we picked our first tomatoes mothers day!

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  33. Dear Maybe, you make me smile! Are we related? You say you're 'quite comfortable' in mañana land so that's fine!
    After weeks of dry weather now we are absolutely sodden and things in the garden look utterly bedraggled. It's feast or famine!

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  34. loved your comment on my last post! ha ha ha LOL Hope you're having a nice weekend. It sure IS HOT HERE

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  35. Howdy there Arleen! HOw you doing and how was your holiday? Mercy it was SO HOT here but we did go for a walk by the water and watched the dolphins slicking joyfully through the water chasing some boats. Hubby grilled us chicken and cheeseburgers and hot grilled corn onthecob!!-one of my favorite things! I ate FOUR EARS!! Lol

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  36. I often feel the same -- I'll get to it tomorrow. And then that tomorrow never comes because I keep putting it off.

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  37. Glad to see you had stopped by and glad you liked the post. How are you doing and what have you been up to? Do you have any big summer plans?

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