That person is someone whom I had happened to reach by phone, and who shall remain nameless, as I may try and reach her after the holidays about blogging for their organization. In any event, when I spoke to this person, I told them about how I have winterized my roof-extension garden over the years, and she gave me her email and said to send her a "pitch" with related photographs, which I did. I got no response, and so I followed up with a phone-message as one never knows what really happens to materials sent in an email. Sometimes a query, proposal, resume, or pitch does not make it to an in-box. There is always the fear that it will go to spam, so, it would be nice in this day and age of several ways of communicating, if recipients who are employers would acknowledge materials that they receive — even it is just to hit "REPLY" if the query is made in an email, pretty effortless don't you think? Instead of leaving those like myself who are seeking assignments to be left wondering if everything they send goes into The Black Hole, I think it is time that people who are fortunate enough to be working recall what it was like when they were seeking work and acknowledge those seeking assignments.
I won't hold my breath; I've got, as the saying goes,"other fish to fry," and a lovely garden that requires much of my attention, especially with winter approaching. I have always winterized my garden in unique ways, which is why a number of people told me to contact this particular company.
Again, it has been six weeks since I submitted my proposal, and a lot has happened in my garden in six weeks, as can be seen in the photograph posted at the end of this entry. A few days ago, December 4, 2010, Juan helped me to complete my winterizing for the 2010-2011, and all my trees, shrubs, plants, and herbs have been put to bed for a winter's nap. He wrapped them lovingly in bubble-wrap and burlap (which was from on-line fabrics) as I had done with someone else last year. I've blogged about Juan's talents in previous posts which you can go to by clicking here, here and here. The result of our 2010 winterizing can be seen in the photograph (taken by Juan from the roof of my building) below:
Compare it to the image at the top of the post to really see what happens in seven weeks in a roof-extension garden. With the current economic situation, and the lack of assignments I often feel my life is stagnant — my garden is 'proof' that this is not true. A garden is always changing, not always so drastically in such a relatively short amount of time, but it is always changing. If you look really carefully to the right of my garden, you will see branches along the railing: those are the branches from my Acinida kolomikta and Actimidia (Kiwi Vines) that I blogged about in a previous post. Now, if you look at the photograph at the top of the post, you will see those same branches full of lush green leaves on October 27th 2010. Between October 27th 2010 and November 4th 2010, this Acinida kolomikta went through a major life change, and all its leaves turned from a lushly vibrant green to a brilliant yellow, and then remained that way until the leaves fell off, leaving me with gorgeous branches. The changes made by my Kiwi Vines, as well as the other trees, shrubs, and plants in my roof-extension garden give me hope for a relief in my stagnant situation regarding the lack of writing and photo-art projects that are coming my way.