This is the garden’s magic,
That through the sunny hours
The gardener who tends it, Himself outgrows his flowers.
He grows by gift of patience,
Since he who sows must know
That only in the Lord’s good time
Does any seedling grow.
He learns from buds unfolding,
From each tight leaf unfurled,
That his own heart, expanding,
Is one with all the world.
He bares his head to sunshine,
His bending back a sign
Of grace, and ev’ry shower becomes
His sacramental wine.
And when at last his labors
Bring forth the very stuff
And substance of all beauty
This is reward enough.
-MARIE NETTLETON CARROLL
What a hectic but fun last 2 weeks. Kelly, Austin and Ryan visited us from New Hampshire. Scott was busy getting a new hotel resort up and running at Lake George in New York. A very nice visit. The boys are growing up. How fast they do these days. And their wealth of knowledge. They seem to know things in elementary school which many of us only learned in junior high. Not to mention how computer savvy kids are today.
After they left, Pam and I started with more landscaping and gardening. Her brother, Doug, brought in the dirt and mulch for mounding up around the entire house. We bought the trees which he planted. Pam loved planting the bulbous plants, hosta, vinca and bright pink phlox. I planted a small vegetable garden on the back side of the house out of view from the public. Staked the tomatoes which are growing nicely.Oh yes. We found an awesome butterfly magnolia tree to plant as well. It’s the picture at the top. Only ours isn’t blooming yet. Just has tons of buds on it.
It doesn’t sound like much but it took us over 6 days working the entire days of having pure fun outside in God’s great creation. Now we’ll get to see the bounty grow. I pumped ibuprofen for the aches and pains. I truly discovered how out of shape I was. Pain, pain and more pain. Chad helped out when he wasn’t working.
We pushed ourselves beyond reason. I’ll be the first to admit it. We called it a fanatic frenzy.
We stopped yesterday to rest up for a few days. We’re going on a little vacation next week. Leaving on Sunday and coming home on Thursday. Figured we haven’t been away for awhile and that this would be the last vacation we’ll be able to have for awhile. So, once again, I won’t be blogging for about a week.
How about the mind? I actually enjoyed being away from the computer for awhile. I said that I was getting tired of reading and researching facts on dementia. What I did learn about being outside. I had a lot of trouble finding the right words. I called the lacy tulips every type and color of flowers other than tulips. If there were 6 bags of dirt, I would say to Pam, “Get it out of that bag.” As if she were to read my mind. I ended up pointing and trying to describe the words and meanings that I wanted to express. Ended up using words like “this one here, that one over there, that thing which is brown, etc.” Now I understand why my great Aunt Nora used “this, that and the other” much of the time. I became very frustrated with Pam whenever she couldn’t understand what I was trying to say. So I tried harder and learned to describe and point better. However, we can laugh about it. My gross muscle movements were pretty good, but the fine tremors got in the way while handling small plants and seedlings. So I ended up doing the heaving duty stuff like shoveling, digging, etc.
I need to sign off for now. We’re taking the dogs in for boarding this morning. We call it their doggie motel.
I hope all is well with all of you. Even though I haven’t blogged, I found myself thing about many of you who’ve commented and have become my blogging friends. Trying to put faces to names. I’d love to meet you all in person sometime. See you in about a week.