Wednesday, April 27, 2011
I hadn’t quite decided what I was going to reward myself with once I reached my fifty pound loss since joining Sparkpeople. I had a couple things in mind and hit my goal in FEBRUARY??? Well it’s April now and I was still waffling (mmmmm waffles) between the wii Fit, which I decided to borrow from my daughter to make sure I could use, and either a Bonsai tree or miniature fairy garden because they just make my heart sing.
After using the wii Fit and looking around for a Bonsai the past month and a half my DH and I went in a different direction and decided to put a raised vegetable garden in our back yard instead. Something we always wanted to do. It’s been a huge process because we have California Desert Tortoises’ who like to eat every thing so the fruit & veggies have to be out of nibbling range until they are ready to be shared with them as well as family & friends. Which means we had to clear the back forty….. well we don’t have 40 acres it just seemed like it once we got started. Of course one raised bed can’t possibly grow everything we wanted to plant. So we added six pots… still not enough. Another raised planter was added and a couple rows of corn and giant sunflowers will be sowed behind a white picket fence once May arrives. We look forward to sitting by the pool this summer and watching the corn grow!!!! In the mean time we are sore, sun burnt, and giddy at the prospect of being urban gardeners. I am my most happy when working hard along side my sweet hubby. Thirty years as the king & queen of the DIYers has been the adhesive that’s kept our marriage strong. So how appropriate to celebrate this benchmark in my journey to healthier living than with our very own "Victory Garden."
The garden has become a focal point of our days… we drink our coffee there in the mornings and check several times a day to see if the seeds have sprouted. We have a new definition of brown nose now…. it’s what you get from peering closely at the dirt for new growth. Our evenings include giving them all a good watering and a pep talk to “Sunny” the scarecrow about keeping the raccoons and possums’ at bay. Our 9 year old grandson said, “Pop-Pop, that scarecrow isn’t going to scare anything away with that big ole smile!!!”
So far the tortoises see the greenery from a distance and head on over but once they get there the beds are too high. I have in years past seen them crawl on top of each other to complete a task so time will tell if the beds are high enough.
We shared our first strawberry yesterday and every thing is growing. beautifuly. Almost all the seeds are up and we’ve already lost a row of bunching onions to root maggots so we are learning a lot. Our garden includes cucumbers, bell peppers both green and gold, zucchini, romaine and head lettuce, leeks, bush beans, yellow squash, carrots, three different kinds of tomatoes, cabbage, a few herbs and some cilantro. My dad was the gardener in the family and was always successful with what ever he grew. He’s been gone now for a little more than three years so he’s our garden angel who’s not only proud of my weight loss but pleased that his traditional Victory Garden flourishes once again. Thanks dad for passing down the hoe. I will think of you every time we enjoy our garden.
"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy. They are the charming gardners who make our souls blossom"~Marcel Proust
Monday, April 18, 2011
Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time.~Martin Luther
Around 1945, when he was just a young boy, Volker Kraft saw his very first Easter Tree, in German, and decided he would have one of his very own, when he grew up. Time passed and young Volker became a married man, with a family. But his childhood dream stuck with him and so he decorated a small apple tree in his yard, using 18 colored plastic eggs and began realizing his dream come true with his very first Easter Tree in 1965.
As the years past he and his wife, Christa couldn’t afford buy so many plastic Easter eggs. So they began drilling holes into real eggs, using the contents in the kitchen, and then hand painting the shells as decorations. When their children got old enough, they started helping with the decorating, and the Easter Tree became a family tradition, known not only in their home town of Saalfeld, but all over Germany.
The number of Easter eggs hung by the tree’s branches grew every year, and in 2011 it has reached an incredible 9,800 eggs.
See more pictures and read about this beautiful Easter Tree here.....
Sunday, March 20, 2011
I fell in love with spring the year after my brother Tom died. Fall had always held my heart but 2007 brought me a second lover. And I’m glad She’s back again to remind us that life goes on and it can be very, very sweet.
When Tom was dying he asked me what sound set the mood for each day as I awoke in the morning. With out hesitation I answered, “Oh, birds singing!!!” Then I quickly cringed inside because I knew that many a night he’d lay awake bothered by a mockingbird or two who’d perch outside his window taunting him to take aim with his pellet gun. He answered their calls once but felt so bad after carefully burying them in the backyard, wrapped regretfully in used tissue paper and placed in an old shoebox. He didn’t say a thing about my answer nor did we talk about it again. But I knew he and our brother John were making plans to meet up in a dream, after he died, and surf the cosmos together. So when the birds began singing… all day and all night the summer that Tom passed away and then continued all through the following fall, winter and spring… I knew Tom had sent them. Their songs still fill me with sweet joy each morning as they continue to remind me of how much Tom and I love each other still.
November 18, 2008
Words by Grama Speedy
To be illustrated by
T. C. & Riley
Stella & Ollie
Gargoyles, perched high in the sky
Watching over each passerby
Weary the travelers sigh
As the full moon climbs high
He always wanted to fly
Like birds high in the sky
Now a broken passerby
Filled with the sweetest of sighs
Oh, If only he could fly…….
Fluff tickles his nose
Feathers begin to grow
Feet leave the ground on tippy-toes
As the wind kicks up and starts to blow
Surrounded now by cheering crows
Higher and higher he begins to glow
Only the Angels really know
When it’s time for us to go
Gargoyles smile as he passes by
He gazes down as we wave good-bye
Weary no more
He soars high in the sky
Flying to heaven on Angels wings
Taking memories, no need for things
He fly’s to meet the King of Kings
As bells toll, and birdies sing
He finally got to flap his wings
And fly, fly, fly………
Some day I too shall fly and sing as sweetly. In the mean time… welcome spring with all your promise… I knew you were coming.
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