One of my most favorite romantic comedies – ever — is Pillow Talk, starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson. There’s great chemistry between the stars, great views of “Mad Men” era New York, great fashions, Doris Day’s great apartment, and the great Thelma Ritter as the housekeeper.
There’s also Rock Hudson as a swinging bachelor luring women into his swinging bachelor pad with the tune: “You are my inspiration [insert name here].” It’s a running gag in the film, as countless young starlets line up for some Hudson lovin’.
I speak of inspiration because recently Charissa of Joy in the Moments awarded me with the Very Inspiring Blogger Award – and it couldn’t come at a more perfect time. You see, I needed some inspiration to get me writing. So, thank you, Charissa, not only for the award but for also inspiring me to write and to examine my own sources of inspiration. And if you aren’t familiar with Charissa’s blog, please pop over to her site and explore a place that not only celebrates writing but also offers the chance to celebrate all that life offers. Hers is an uplifting place.
When I began this blog nearly a year ago, I did so for personal reasons. Work pressures were building up and I felt that there was a certain degree of creativity missing in my life. I saw the blog as an opportunity to reconnect with writing through my love of gardening. I never once considered it to be a source of inspiration.
But from comments and conversations, I have learned that it has been – a pleasant consequence of taking the blogging step. And maybe that’s where Rock missed the point. Granted he had ulterior motives in crooning his tune, but he limited himself to finding inspiration in individuals. Perhaps he should have broadened his scope.
Yes, I can honestly say that Joe inspires me – as do friends and family and bloggers, as well. But I also find myself inspired when I least expect to be – and from the least likely of sources: scents, colors, weather, sound, sunlight, and even a weed.
To borrow a line from Rock, I could easily sing, “You are my inspiration, Dandelion.” It’s mid-March, and there, under the leaves, glowing like the sun, was a Dandelion. Think of this weed’s survival factor. It wasn’t phased by any fear that it would be unwelcome in the front garden bed. No, that seed floated there and began to germinate, to take hold, to be resilient, to gaze up at me and say, “I dare you to try and pull me out.” I can learn a lot from a Dandelion.
As with many of these blog awards, there are certain rules in the acceptance. The first is to acknowledge and thank and link to the nominator. Check.
Now comes the time when I have to nominate and link to other blogs – and here is where I feel like the cad that is Rock Hudson in Pillow Talk. Unlike Rock, I do not want to hurt any feelings. There are so many more inspiring blogs that I can include. In any event, cue the music: “You are my inspiration [insert blog name here].”
- Lee May’s Gardening Life – His is the blog that inspired me from the beginning.
- Hortus 5 – Mario keeps me on my toes – and it’s always exciting to visit his site and see what he’s cooking up, either in his garden or in his kitchen.
- Promenade Plantings – This is where I go to live vicariously through someone else’s life.
- Jean’s Garden – A visit here is like visiting a friend over a warm cup of tea – a perfect way to wash away the day’s stress.
- Enclosure – Fascinating. Educational. A glimpse into a part of the world that many of us know little about.
- Tidy Gardens By Jane – Not only do I enjoy visiting her site, I love to hear from her. Her sense of humor cheers me up each time.
- Arigna Garden – Bridget’s work is absolutely magical.
Next, I have to tell you seven random facts about myself. I’ve already revealed pieces of me in an earlier blog award post, but since this is a new award, I’ll follow the rules.
- March is a very busy month for me. It’s not enough that there is yard clean-up to do, but every weekend is devoted to St. Patrick’s Day Parades. This Saturday, you will find me bagpiping my way up Fifth Avenue in NYC.
- I am an Aries. I’m not sure if I have any true Aries’ traits – but I like that it’s the first of the astrological signs and represents the start of Spring – which, in my book, is when each new year truly begins.
- Since I began this post with a movie reference, let it be known that there are certain films I enjoy watching over and over again. Among these – but certainly not limited to these – are: Sunset Boulevard (Gloria Swanson getting ready for her close-up), What’s Up Doc (a very young Madeline Kahn), Doctor Zhivago, Gone With The Wind, Peyton Place, Mildred Pierce, Godzilla (the original with Raymond Burr), Rocky Horror Picture Show, Young Frankenstein, The Women (the original), West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie, Dangerous Liaisons (the final scene with Glenn Close), and Murder By Death – to name a few.
- There is a local newspaper, Newsday, which has a section called Kidsday, in which local students have their work published. I was a Kidsday reporter and I interviewed Dick Clark.
- Despite my best efforts at being cool, I am a nerd – and I embrace it. I love “Star Trek” (series and films) and “Space 1999.” I also waited on line – twice – to see the original Star Wars.
- To continue 4 & 5, as a young teenager, a great Saturday was watching “American Bandstand,” “Soul Train,” and an old sci-fi film – like the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
- In my mind, I am still in my early twenties dancing to Kajagoogoo, Duran Duran, The Clash, Depeche Mode, Spandau Ballet, Bananarama, and so many other British imports. Then, I walk by a store window and see a middle-aged man staring back at me. Who is that guy?
That guy would be me. Just your average gardening blogger looking for inspiration — and an old Rock Hudson/Doris Day movie.