Just want to add a few words about my garden this year. I have a small container garden, mostly herbs and two tomato plants. I love gardening and love containers. It’s so relaxing. And makes you feel so good to see all the plants flourish and look great. Plus, I love that it is just a few steps out the door. So fun to go out and snip fresh herbs for cooking!
I put most of the plants up on a table and plastic bins to save my back. I was tired of bending over. The sore back was taking the fun out of gardening. Then my birthday rolled around and I received the best gift from my daughter and son-in-law–two plant stands!
They are beautiful to look at alone–but once I added the plants to them–well they look fabulous and with the plants up off the ground it makes it so much easier to garden!
One thing I treasure about spending the days with our grandchildren is the special quiet moments we have. Yes, I know, with kids who are 4 and 2 1/2, it’s hard to imagine quiet time. But when we go outside one of the things they love to do is sit on the patio swing with me and observe the birds and squirrels.
Usually the moment only lasts about five minutes. However, for such young children, five minutes is great. But they observe a lot more than birds and squirrels. They also like to observe the trees, bugs, butterflies, pine cones and wild flowers. They notice dogs barking, planes and helicopters flying over the house and cars going by. They notice the big cool trucks, UPS and FedEx and the mailman’s car. They notice people walking, running and riding bikes. They watch the birds flying in the sky and watch the clouds for pictures in the sky.
Someday they will be grown and moved away, and won’t always be there to sit with me on the swing. And, it will be then that I can smile and remember our special quiet times now.
Going outside with the kids is one of my favorite activities. Not long ago I posted on how Eric figured out by himself how to get up the hill that is our front yard. (the downward dog walk) So, today, he was working on going down the hill. He’s figured out that if he just does a reverse “commando crawl” that works a lot better for going down the hill than the stand up, lose your balance and roll down method. He tires easily of any kind of hill climbing and ends up just studying leaves, acorns and rocks within reach of where he is sitting. When he got tired of sitting he just used the regular crawl to get to either me or Bob, grabbed our pants legs and waited for us to pick him up! Being carried when you are tired is the best way of all!
I’ve said it before, and I will say it again, I can’t imagine many things being better than to discover the world through the eyes of very small children. Bob and I took Norah and Eric for a ride in their wagon this morning. I absolutely love it when Norah says, “Do you hear that? The birds are chirping.” Or that the dogs are barking or asks if we see the cars and the big truck. She will point things out in the yards of neighbors. After we got back from our walk/ride we took our usual walk to the front yard where Norah loves to explore. Soon it was lunch time and as we began our journey toward the door, Norah and I stopped to look up at the trees and searched for the birds and squirrels that were hiding. It was so cool to watch her as she heard all the different bird sounds and she whispers, “Shh..what’s that? Did you hear that, Grandma?” I love watching her explore and discover.
BY THE COVER OF DARKNESS THEY DO ROAM
AND COME WITHIN 1O FEET OF OUR HOME
FROM OUR PORCH WE CAN WATCH
THE WHITE-TAILED DEER AS THEY NOSH
THEIR SILHOUTTE MOVES WITH GRACE
AS THEY MOVE TO THE NEXT SAFE PLACE
THEY ARE ALWAYS WATCHING AND STAY ALERT
IF DANGER COMES THEIR FOOD THEY MUST DESERT
AFTER THEIR MEAL THEY HIDE IN THE WOODS
AND NO CORN IS LEFT IN THE PLACE WHERE THEY STOOD
BY THE COVER OF DARKNESS THEY DO ROAM
AND COME WITHIN 10 FEET OF OUR HOME