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Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Reality of a Beautiful Day

I am writing this with the rain pouring down.  I just announced 2 1/2 inches on the rain gauge to the facebook world.  I have been waiting for rain because I see the stressed look in nature, in my yard and all around me in my walks.  I am enjoying the rain.  I know that not everyone shares my view!

Don't get me wrong, I love a sunny day.  It can lift your spirits to see the sun shining down, making everything including your future seem just that much brighter.  In fact, I love beautiful Fall days with the colored leaves.  Adding sunshine to the mix is what makes you 'ooh & ahh'.  Sun reflecting off of leaves in the early light of the day makes the trees look like they are on fire.

I was driving through town last month, mid September when I looked up at the sky and was taken by how blue the sky was and how beautiful it was all around.  A week before this beautiful sky moment we were remembering 9-11 and many different media sources would ask "Where were you when 9-11 happened?"  Looking up at the sky last month brought me back to 9-11 like it was yesterday. As I looked up at the sky, I had an instant flash back of September 11, 2001.   I remember what a gorgeous day it was, I was finishing some morning dishes and had just taken the kids to school.  I was watching the news while I did the dishes, and it came over the news that the first plane hit.  Everyone was puzzled and I remember the weather forecast was just before and they were showing a picture of the twin towers.  And I remember how blue the sky was.

We all know what a horrible day this was.  I sat alone all morning watching the news, calling the school to see if the kids were OK and that they were reassuring them.  My husband had left just before to go hunting and it was before we all had cell phones at our sides.  I saw footage that morning that I have not seen since as things unfolded.  In fact just thinking about this brings tears to my eyes.

So the reality of this beautiful fall day back in 2001 was that it really was not a beautiful day, even though it looked like what we all loved on the outside.  It made me think about what we (I) think of as a good day, or a bad day.  How we can have our moods change at the drop of a hat.

On Friday, I had a day off.  I had planned yard work on Saturday all month.  The weather news was that we were going to get hit with a lot of rain.  So having no flexibility in what weekend I would do my work, I did have the flexibility of switching my yard work to Friday.  I decided I would work like a horse and then go to my scheduled massage appointment.  Yep, I had a plan.

I got most of my yard work done and then drove to the next town.  I hit every red light that there was (minus the last two blocks).  I didn't realize there were so many.  This day it didn't seem to bother me, but remember how happy I am when I have hit almost all green lights!  I got to the appointment and went to the front desk and they looked confused to see me.  I do have an appointment, right?  No, I wasn't scheduled.  Without making this a really, really long story, they had no other times available.  We still don't know what happened.  I have never missed a massage I scheduled and I don't know why I would write it on the calendar without making an appointment.  So we went through a couple options and I made an appointment for Saturday morning.  Turns out we talked long enough that the person they were expecting hadn't showed up and I got in!  I remember saying: this is the best day ever!  But really just moments before, I had hit every red light and found out I didn't have an appointment that I thought I did and really wanted.

So all this just makes me think about things and what the reality of a beautiful day is and I think it comes down to this.  A beautiful day is having faith that even though it may not seem like it at the time, it's all going to work out.  A beautiful day is having hope for the future.  A beautiful day is being loved and loving.  9-11 brought this out in people on a horrible but beautiful day.  Horrible in what happened, beautiful in the weather but more important beauty of what it all comes down to.

Faith, hope and love.  That is a beautiful day.  Today is a beautiful day!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Changing Seasons

I really love Zinnias. I forgot I did.
My pepper plants had a little too much room in the beginning of the season,
so I put in a row of Zinnias.
They grew 3-4 feet high!


A baby cantaloupe.  It never made it because I missed a couple days watering.

Celery, rooted from the base of some store-bought.  It loved the garden outdoors.  I have never grown celery before!

Peppers!  This is the first year I ever had more than one or two peppers.
Sad Zinnias.  I was sad to see their bright faces go.  It was a view I enjoyed while teaching piano... note to self.  Plant them again next year.

Collecting some for next year.  Now to put the seeds in a spot I will remember next spring!

Yesterday, getting ready to clear the garden...Tazer found a stick to play with.  She doesn't really play with sticks anymore, but she was happy to be doing yard work and the day was worthy of stick chewing. This is her stick carrying prance.

 Turk watching my every move to try to get one step ahead of me.  When I asked my son how he picked Turk's name he said it was from a movie and the detective's name was Turk.  My son said: he's always taking notes, always taking notes.

As he watched me clear the garden, he stood outside the raised bed and sniffed.  I could tell he really wanted to jump in the fresh dirt.  He remembered how he got yelled at a few weeks ago for laying in my newly planted bed of garlic.  So I asked him if he would like to go in the garden - just for today.  He wasn't sure I meant it so I gave him the hand signal to usher him up to the raised bed.  Oh, don't mind if I do! (he seemed to say that).  He walked the whole bed, sniffing and then found a spot to lay.  Tazer must've been watching and came up to him.
She seems to be saying: Don't you remember how we got yelled at the last time we did this?  Turk seems to be giving her a stuck up "I have special permission" look.

I gave Tazer permission and she jumped up so she could have a sniff....

Haa - this looks really bad.  I tried catching his yawn and this is what he looks like at the end of a yawn.  But he is keeping an eye on Tazer because he got permission in the garden first.

Still watching.
By the way, if you have a drummer in your family, old drumsticks make great garden markers! 

More peppers found hiding under the leaves that didn't get hit by frost!

 Glad to have found some hiding tomatoes too. 
I have been hungry for some and didn't want to buy them.

Don't know what I was thinking when I planted 2 elephant ear pots into one. 
Did I even wonder where I would put it over the winter.
I could let it go dormant, but then I have the other plants in it that need some water.
I kept them alive a full year already, so I will see how they do this winter. 
Cut them way back so they don't shed all over.

I let the geraniums go dormant every year.
Every year I do the same thing when I bring them in: I can't bear to snip off the flowers yet and then I have a mess inside.  Today I cut them back.  I don't water these until around March.

Some gardening facts I learned or want to remember:
  • celery grown in your garden is dark green, so much different than the light green version we get from the store.  I rooted a store bought celery and will do this again!  Maybe in a pot so I can keep it going all year. I dug mine out and brought it in, but it is in shock right now.
  • Peppers from your garden are crisp!  Every time I cut one, I am surprised to not be cutting into a rubbery pepper full of wax (or whatever they use on them)
  • Squash and melons need to go in the ground, unless you are standing there watching them grow with a water hose in your hand.  I actually got 3 cantaloupe from a potted plant, but I missed one day of watering and they all fell off the vine.  Hmmm... next year find more vining spots.
  • I think I bought a pumpkin 'plant' and this year I got 2 orange pumpkins.  When I have planted them from seed, they are usually green when frost hits
  • Parsley is boring to grow (it always does good), but I have to remember that I never want to have to 'buy' parsley for that very reason
  • Basil is a must.  Expensive to buy and even dried tastes close to fresh when you dry your own.  Obviously the stuff you buy in the store is years old
  • Garlic is a staple that I have enjoyed growing because it's not hard
  • Pineapples are fun to pot and grow.  With all my experiments this summer though, I have doubled my houseplants which I said I would never do!
Today let it rain - we need it!  I had plenty to do indoors getting plants in their winter spots. Now to start making plans for next year while I sit by the fire!