Saturday, 26 September 2015

Downsizing The Garden

My garden is a jumble of annuals, perennials, roses and bulbs.  I'm not much of a planner, I just plant things where I think they will look good and thrive; it's worked for me so far.

When we moved in 6 years ago, there was nothing here so we started from scratch, adding beds as we saw fit and growing our collection of plants.  I've enjoyed maintaining the garden but this year I found it more of a chore than a joy and with my fibromyalgia symptoms intensifying lately, I decided to downsize; eliminate a few beds.

So we spent yesterday filing them in and seeding them for lawn.

Three beds gone!  This should lighten the load and give my aching joints a break!

I made an apple crisp this morning from fresh picked apples from the tree you see above.  It was delicious ...

And enjoyed with steaming cups of coffee here on our deck below.  The bed you see here will be used for vegetables next spring.  The flowers were transplanted this afternoon and are enjoy the view from their new homes in the perimeter of the garden.

I can't think of a nicer way to spend a gorgeous fall day, can you?

Thank you kindly for stopping by!


Wednesday, 9 September 2015

The Women in our Lives

Recently, a blogging friend and I were discussing the importance of women in our lives.

She had just had lunch with a friend she hadn't seen in over a year, and it got me thinking about the importance of women in my own life and how sometimes, for one reason or another, we put getting together with our friends on the bottom of the list.

We're busy, we can't find the time ... the excuses are endless.

Cindy Joseph and her daughter, Julia

Today, let's make our friendships a priority.  It's important.

As always, thank you kindly for topping by.


Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Do You Journal?

I've kept a journal on and off for most of my life.  But recently I started up again in order to clear my head and sort some things out.

I journal every day for about 20 minutes. I just begin with whatever is on my mind, and forget about spelling and grammar and punctuation. I don't censor myself, I just let the writing write itself and if I write quickly there is no time to over think what I'm feeling.

My journal has become an all-accepting, nonjudgmental friend and has provided me with the cheapest therapy available!

Ben, also all-accepting, nonjudgmental ... and a really, really good listener!

Here are just a few of the treasures I've found in journaling:

Clarity - Do you ever seem all jumbled up inside, unsure of what you feel or want? Taking a few minutes to jot down your thoughts and feelings (no editing!) will quickly get you in touch with your internal world.

Awareness - By writing routinely you will come to know what makes you feel happy and confident. You will also become clear about situations and people who are toxic for you; important information for your emotional well-being.

Release - Writing about anger, sadness and other painful emotions helps to release the intensity of these feelings. By doing so you will feel calmer and better able to stay in the present.

Process - Typically we problem solve from a left-brained (analytical) perspective. Sometimes though, the answer can only be found by engaging our right-brained creativity and intuition. Journaling unlocks these capabilities, and affords unexpected solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems.

In addition, keeping a journal allows you to track patterns and improvement in your personal growth over time. When a current circumstance appears overwhelming, you will be able to look back on previous dilemmas and realize that this person or that event no longer upset you. You'll see for yourself (and in your own words) how far you've come!

If you journal, tell be about your journey.  If not, I hope you'll give it a try!

As always, thank you kindly for stopping by.


Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Our First Melon!

Today we harvested our very first melon!

It was sweet and delicious and true to it's name, Sugar Cube

The rind had changed from green to tan so we knew it was ready to harvest

There are two more soaking up the sun in the garden