Cathartic Pruning

I find that I love pruning.  It can be anything outside really that takes forever but displays a completely different look once done.  For example, we have a neighbor with a magnolia tree.  The giant, shiny leaves drop constantly so I get to go out and methodically pick each one up.  I do this about every other day.  I hate them because they’re so unsightly but I really don’t mind picking them up.  And once I’m done, it looks so much nicer in the yard.
 
I never really realized that I liked this sort of thing until I got an AeroGarden kit and started growing herbs and veggies in my basement.  Once they’d start to get so overgrown that they were growing out of the vessel, I’d go down and snip, snip, snip to my hearts content.  I found that I really liked it.  In the blink of an eye, an hour would pass with just tiny scissors and a small plant.  Makes me think of the bonsai pruners.  But I’m not like that at all because I really don’t know what I’m doing.  I go out and snip off the dead parts.  If the tomato plant has gotten too big or too overgrown, I just start cutting it back.  It comes back so I suppose I’m doing the right thing.  I just spent two hours trimming my tomato plants, lime tree and roses.  And picking up the magnolia leaves.  I’m able to lose myself for awhile.  I just can’t start it if I’m supposed to be somewhere at a specific time.
 
I got my third rejection today.  It’s ok though.  We’re making good progress on the last edit so we can possibly move forward with self publishing soon.  Maybe it’s just the cathartic pruning talking.
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