Monday, August 2, 2010

For Today - August 2, 2010 - Monday

Outside My Window. . .It's sunny, without a cloud in the sky. At 10:30 it's almost 90 degrees. It's hard to keep the hydrangeas & azaleas from wilting. :( In the evening there are bats & cicadas. And Owen the owl. He even accompanied Shiloh & me on our morning walk one day. . . :)

I Am Hearing . . .Cicadas.

I Am Wearing . . .blue chambray nightshirt.

I Am Thinking . . . that I very much miss my flowers from the old house. There were lots of aromatic Antique Roses, Sunflowers, Black-eyed Susans, Cannas, Yarrow, Buddleaia, & Milkweed.

And there was the blooming Vitex, always full, so very full, of feral honey bees. The sound of their humming was reassuring. I'm grateful I took a couple of naps beneath those trees. I wish there were photos.

It goes without saying I miss the Buick-sized Rosemary. And the mint & figs.

And the small kitchen garden that gave us plenty of tomatoes, peppers, & basil this time of year.

I miss the yard a lot.

I don't know how to grow anything in this yard. There's an awful lot of shade - - - and we don't know a thing about this soil. It is foreign soil to us.

We knew the other soil. It was full of vitality. We composted & mulched & layered & fed it good healthy stuff. It was alive with earthworms. It was alive.

We don't know this soil. We have lots to learn about it.Last year's summer bouquet

I Am Wondering . . .how long it will take to be at home with this spot of land? The house feels like home, although I think we should have gone with my initial idea of painting all the interior white. I think this house can do white. Maybe it's because of all the surrounding trees? I don't know - - - but I'm guessing when it's time to repaint we'll repaint a lot of it white.

I'm also wondering if the exterior would be better off white? Right now it's red. I'm thinking white with black trim.

I Am Grateful. . . for 41 years of marriage. We've had ups and downs, joys and sorrows, good times and not-so-good times. But I am his. And he is mine.

And I wouldn't change that for anything.

From The Kitchen . . . the refrigerator is full of fruit & veggies, although none of it grown my us. That seems strange to me - to have to buy/trade every last morsel that goes into our mouths. This is not how it's suppose to be!

I Am Reading . . . nada

I Am Hoping. . .to edit a few more pix for Samantha & burn her a CD of them.

Around The House . . . A store-bought bouquet. How strange it seems...almost some type of alien. I've always told hubby he doesn't need to buy me flowers for any special occasion because I have plenty outside. Now that I don't. . . . he bought me a bouquet. And while I very much appreciate the gesture. . . . they're are not nearly as beautiful as the homegrown variety!

One Of My Favorites
. . . My husband!

Something You May Not Know About Me. . . I seldom lack inspiration . . . . it's motivation I run short of!

About Today's Photo. . . Wedding day 1969.


  1. How wonderful to say have 41 years of marriage (in these times)! Congratulations.
    I hope you'll feel at home soon, and learn to know the soil there. It's nice to grow your own vegetables.

    Popping in from The Simple Woman's Daybook,

  2. I love the idea of downsizing. We still live in the 2 story home, we raised our family in. [And we've been married for over 50 years]

    Due to many reasons, we won't move. We're surrounded by family and 'Grands', for one thing. So I make believe that the rooms we still use, are all on one floor, and are a Cottage. Make believe is lovely. :-)

    I dream of all white walls too, and yet, I resonate with the deep colors and wallpaper, we have. Back and forth. Back and forth. :-)

    This will sound like a silly little thing to thank you for, I'm sure but... Here I go... Thank you for reminding me that just the dream realization [downsizing] doesn't automatically bring perfection. [You are wondering how long it will be, to feel at home...] It helps we who won't be able to do our dreamed-of-downsizing, to remember, that nothing is perfect. :-)

    Gentle hugs...