Mar 22, 2011 | 9:03 PM PST
Well, I did it!! I retired. I worked 27 years as an insurance agent for a small agency. The agency was sold and the first action from the new owner was to cut my wages (a lot.) At first I was pretty upset. But quickily realized this could turn into a blessing. I had a 45 minute commute so it seemed like I never saw my yard during daylight hours. And as I've mentioned before, hubby's health isn't well. I suddenly realized that instead of working until hubby needed more care, I needed to be home now while we can still do things together. My priorities were backwards. So I quit. This has been the greatest thing that could have happened. Hubby feeling better with me home and I'm loving it! I need reminded every now and then to just trust that God has a better plan in mind!
Jul 3, 2010 | 10:25 PM PST
A perfect stranger touched my heart today. I was working in the garden, extending my drip system. It was nice & sunny, so hubby decided to lay on the grass in the shade provided by my golf cart. Suddenly I hear a voice saying Sir! Sir! & someone I've never seen before is bending over my husband. Apparently, they had been driving by, saw the handicap scooter & husband laying on the ground not moving. You have to understand, we have 5 acres, & the house sits back towards the back half. This young man jumped out of his vehicle & ran across the field to make sure husband was ok. When stranger realized hubby was ok, He apologized for distrubing us By then, the driver of his car had pulled into the driveway, he got back in his car before I could ask his name. All I could do was shout Thank you as he drove away. I wish I could have told him how much his caring mean to me.
Jun 10, 2010 | 12:28 PM PST
We've been having the worst spring I think we've ever had. Rain, rain please go away. My peonies that were covered with huge blooms are all ruined, bachelor buttons I thought blew over, but when I tried to tie back up actually are broke off at ground level & the lupine the same. So much rain with wind that my favorite sheltered rose is bent over where the roots lifted from the ground! The strawberries are rotting with the rain, etc, etc. HOWEVER, the forecast is clear for the weekend. I'll see what I can save. Keep your fingers crossed for me!
Since the brain seems to be overtaxed these days, I keep forgetting what each tree is. Why try to remember when I can still see to read! I made signs for each fruit. I'll put on metal stakes & put under each plant. The grape signs will hang on the trellis. Now if they will each grow and produce!
It has been such a freaky weather year. Crazy summer to the strange winter weather patterns. But can't you just feel spring on the way? Had a brief warm (dry) break in the weather Sunday afternoon, so I started looking around, actually pulled a few weeds! The daffodils & crocus I planted last fall are poking up & my 30+ year old primroses are blooming. (When we sold our house 3 years ago, I brought along the primroses in temporay pots to the new place. Finally planted the babys last summer. They seem to like the new digs!) ANYWAY....we had some very unusual cold weather this year that lasted too long. I'm afraid I've lost alot of plants. I feel like an expecting mother! Already warned hubby to expect some shopping trips!
We had a storm come in yesterday bringing lots of rain & wind. I got up around 2am just to listen and watch. It always leaves me in awe and speechless. Its so powerful & in total control. Then later in the day the rain instantly stops & the sun breaks thru....WOW. The air is clear and the colors are so clean and bright. The greens are bright green, the yellow and red leafs are glowing. Once again I'm reminded without the bad weather, I forget to appreciate the all the good. Thank you God, for the reminder.
Hubby decided he wanted to go on a roadtrip. Its been a longtime since we've left the state and he wanted to go to Yellowstone. He has lots of health issues and I'm thinking this is a dumb idea, but he so often can't due things so if he wants to try, I can't say no. So off we go... 1200 miles later, pulled into the park and guess what, he no longer can breath (due to the altitude). What can I do, but put him in the back (I insisted that we make up the couch to a bed before we left home) and start for home. ' Course I'm mad at him, I'm mad at myself for going along with this idea and now my vacation time (and $) are gone. About 2 hours later the cellphone rings and Mom calls to say my Dad is in ICU, but don't hurry home on their account. All I can do at this point is drive & cry. Anyway...back home, hubby better, Dad home from hospital & getting better and garden looks great!
Jul 14, 2009 | 11:59 AM PST
Got home last night determined to work some more on my back flower bed, but when I got on the tractor to haul a load of mulch, it wouldn't start. I had just used the day before to do something hubby wanted done. The battery cable caroded & when I it took off to clean, I broke the end of cable. Hubby will got to town today & buy a new part so I can put back together tonight. Ugh...I get frustrated cause it seems like I don't get anything done in the limited time I have. Oh well, deep breath, there's always tomorrow!
I had 3 days off for the holiday &since hubby wasn't feeling well, so it was decided we'd just stay home. This is never a bad thing as Idon't often have time to enjoy. The property was big field when we started & I've been trying to get landscaping done. ( Last summer was building pumphouse, sidewalks etc.) I have the front & 2 sides of house and now want to do something with the back yard. So I told him, my goal for the 3 days was to build the back of the house flowerbed. So....what's the one thing I didn't get to work on, yeap, the back of the house. So trust me, if you want get things done, never express out load as this seem to be waving a red flag for them to find other things for you to do!!
Jun 29, 2009 | 1:09 PM PST
I've never done this. Can't imagine having anything much interesting to say, but thought I'd give it a try. I stumbled on this site awhile back and have so enjoyed reading & learning. I don't have DSL at home, so go into withdrawals over the weekend! But I'm feeling like I'm peeking into your worlds, so only fair to give you all a glimpse of me. Gardening is seriously my life. My earliest memories are digging & planting. When I was about 7, I started putting in flower beds around the house. My wonderful mother didn't have the time (or want to), but she never discouraged me. I would dig up wild flowers & plant around the house. It never occured to me that you might purchase plants. I didn't have any money anyway! My husband so understands that this is a need to me. It literally sooths my souls. And this is one reason I found this site. Fellows gardeners are the only ones that understand this feeling.