A Hailstorm of Questions

Earlier this month, a thunderous situation presented a unique opportunity to look into the bad and learn more about ourselves from the situation.

You can see for yourself what happened and where thoughts led.


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Here again is one of the questions popping to mind as the reality of all what happened sunk in –

With all things being equal – same amount of time and effort going into the garden, and you end up at the exact same point of not having very much in the garden at all – which is worse:

  • to have a lush garden that is pummelled to smithereens, or
  • to tend a garden all season that never produces much?


A first glance the question focuses on the garden alone, then quickly connects into your outlook on life – pessimist or optimist.

Next up is recognizing the parallels of how you live life, or perhaps want to live life, but aren’t.

What about how you approach work, business, leisure time and family?

Do risk and going full out become factors in different situations?


Not such a simple question after all.

Especially when seeing the discrepancies and feeling the emotions behind one situation or another.


How Does Your Garden Grow


Equally interesting was the second question that popped to mind, and was actually the precursor to the one above.

If you knew the garden would be pummelled and shredded at some point, would you plant the garden in the first place?


The same spin off questions come into play –

What are the parallels and differences with the way you live life?

Are there differences in the way you approach work, leisure and relationships?


Don’t be surprised if you find deeper answers and more questions coming to mind when you least expect them.


I’d love to hear which you would find worse, whether you would start knowing the end and where else your thoughts led.



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 and the garden four weeks after the storm



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Lorraine Watson - on rustic porch

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Crazy for cats and potatoes, Lorraine's insatiable curiosity of Life leads her to question, explore and push beyond the box. A self-professed "left-brained creative big picture" type, she has an intuitive knack for seeing beyond and beneath first appearances while at the same time nerding out on the details. Most of all she sees and holds others in their highest until they can see it for themselves.


  1. Vironika Tugaleva on August 30, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Pummelled, no question. Though I must say, these options are both quite extreme – one is quite a masculine energy and the other a feminine. I’d expect more women to choose as I did and more men to choose the second. In the end, I’d prefer to tend a garden that produces within a reasonable range of what I expect it to, while some parts unexpectedly die and other parts unexpectedly thrive. A funny looking vegetable or two would be lovely as well 🙂

    • Lorraine on August 31, 2014 at 4:43 pm

      Thanks for jumping in Vironika! Although extreme, that’s what we were presented. Starting the garden each year is definitely digging into the unknown of what lays ahead. The near opposite ends of the spectrum seems to evoke a sharper contrast and stronger emotions through which to view the other side and our lives. Those unique looking veggies make super food for thought too. 🙂

  2. Shân on August 31, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    Hi Lorraine,

    Your post on my Facebook wall reminded me that I hadn’t checked out the results after the storm on here! What a difference a few weeks make. I’d definitely choose to plant and have it pummelled, even if forewarned. It’s a bit like the fires here in Australia – some plants needs that kind of intensity in order to germinate and thrive afterwards.

    In terms of how it applies to my own life? Well, I have no doubt that things we look on as challenges are meant to teach us a lesson – and if we don’t learn from them, the message gets louder and louder until we have no option but to take notice. I’m not saying that’s what happened in your garden at all – just how it equates to my life. I find that I come out of challenging situations much wiser and with incredible hindsight that allows me to move forward with more ease in the my after-challenge life.

    Your question brings to mind the thing that people often say about doing things differently if they got the chance to live their life over again. I’d choose not to, because otherwise I wouldn’t be the person I am today and I *like* her – she’s pretty awesome 🙂

    Thanks for the food for thought! (No pun intended) xxx

    • Lorraine on September 3, 2014 at 8:43 pm

      Have to agree Shân that you’re pretty awesome.

      I love your phrasing “some plants needs that kind of intensity” – relates so well to how we get pushed at times, the escalating message you speak of, and find ourselves deciding who we are going forward.

  3. Carol Chapman on September 2, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Since I’ve had both situations–a garden that didn’t grow and one that was pummeled to death–I know that the one that didn’t grow left me hopeful that I could figure out what went wrong and fix it, which I did. And then, I had many years of marvelous gardens. So, I would go with a garden that didn’t grow.

    However, I’ve also had a garden that was pummeled by a hurricane and, like yours, it recovered, and that kept me hopeful as well.

    In addition, I’ve figured out how to keep deer and rabbits out if the garden. But, right now, I have a groundhog. After last year when the groundhog climbed over my deer and rabbit defenses and ate everything in spite of all the things I did, I didn’t plant a garden this year. Plus, the groundhog had babies–more garden destroyers.

    So, maybe this is the way I live my life. As long as my ideas bring a ray of hope and my efforts bring rewards, I’m willing to keeping going. However, when everything is demolished over and over again without recovering, I cut my losses and get out.

    Nonetheless, I am thinking of a have-a-heart trap (and sometimes a shotgun), so maybe it’s not over yet.

    • Lorraine on September 3, 2014 at 8:51 pm

      Carol, if there is one word I could pick to describe you, “hope” would be vying for the top of the list. Being able to see the good and positive is one of those igniting qualities that keeps us all inspired.

      The groundhog itself is another defining moment – the pull of shotguns and traps. We had a vole in the garden last year and for as much as we would have liked for it to be gone, we couldn’t bring ourselves to do more than encourage it to leave (with coyote urine pellets). Its demise was met eventually by an encounter with the neighborhood cat.

  4. Heather Bromley on September 5, 2014 at 5:53 am

    Whooah! – Very thought provoking questions and right on time too Lorraine. The analogy of the garden is really fitting right now with some thoughts and questions I’ve been having on my own – I love these types of questions, they make you ‘dig deep’ pun intended lol but which most importantly get you off the usual train of thoughts that come with laziness, like when you just accept the answers that your brain throws up at you. I really love this post, thank you x

    • Lorraine on September 7, 2014 at 12:39 pm

      Glad you loved the post Heather! These questions took me down different paths and quickly saw how my answers weren’t consistent across all situations. That in turn made me look into why not. Then then why nots took me led to asking … and so on and so on.

  5. Sue Kearney (@MagnoliasWest) on September 6, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    Lorraine, Great story, and what really resonates for me is that many things happen in my life that I would never ever have invited, or thought that I could endure. And yet here I am, having lived longer than I ever thought I would, and having proved to be more resilient and stronger than I ever knew I could be.

    I can’t make the choice you present; what I can choose is to just keep showing up.

    Enjoy the rest of your harvest!

    Blessed be,

    • Lorraine on September 7, 2014 at 1:06 pm

      I can see how a choice would be difficult as both options represent resilience and showing up in different ways. And if you can meet Life’s invite with that outlook, even having not RSVPed at times, you’re bound to be yourself at the fullest. Keeping on shining Sue!!

  6. Sandra Vandenhoff on September 18, 2014 at 6:26 am

    This post has interesting parallels with another one you wrote, “I’m all in,” I think it was called, about your cats. The questions you pose are very thought provoking. I’m going off to ponder 🙂

    • Lorraine on October 1, 2014 at 7:12 pm

      Happy pondering! Do come back and share what thoughts came up for you.

      Thanks for connecting this post with All In – very similar questions indeed.

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