It’s been almost a year since I learned about life changing forever! Everything happened at once. It was both annoying, maddening, freeing, frightening and I felt blooming crazy.
One of the things that helped me find a little sanity was the Girl Project. I had always wanted to be able to go out to the back yard (garden, for my new UK buds) and sit in the morning with coffee or tea. I imagined myself enjoying writing from the patio, watching the dogs play safely away from the trucks (Texas folks like to drive trucks, ya know). I would be able to smell the aroma of beautiful flowers, see the green trees at their best, the blue skies of my rural life and there would be no work involved to keep it that way! Ha!
Well, the no-work part didn’t happen. I’ve had to pull some weeds, shape some shrubs and prune the roses. Much easier than if I had to do it all from scratch. Remember, I love my desk and my car… not a shovel or trowel. I love heat and air conditioning, not sweat and cold. Thankfully, the weather cooperated and I didn’t have to sprinkle the yard or cover anything from freeze. My “girls” made sure everything was just as I needed it to maintain their hard work and my granddaughters are closer to the ground than me, so they did a great job when the weeds started growing faster than I could pull.
It’s been getting a bit dry, and it looks like the rain is coming. The farmers across the road are mowing their pastures, so it must be time to mow the yard. My love is out there getting that done, so I took some time and scissors (I know it should be a different tool) and ventured out to see what blooms I could find before they get pounded away.
What a beautiful sight! I am so excited! Take a look at the blooms from the back yard. They weren’t there a couple days ago… yesterday we were out and about til dark, but this morning!! How exciting I am to show you the blooms I brought in!
Now, I’m not an arranger, so I guess I need to put that on my list of things to do in retirement. Because, the “girls” did so well, I know I’ll have blooms all summer on the hydrangeas, beautiful color from the variety of lily’s and the fragrant gardenia! The honeysuckle on the dog’s fence is fragrant and the rose bush is climbing across the new closed-in porch. The miniature crepe myrtles are still growing and I’m just totally excited. It’s going to be perfect.
After the rain, I plan to start loving my dream yard. I’ve picked out my tea cup, my tea flavor and I have the press all ready to go to the back yard on my beautiful copper serving tray from Avon Living. I’m glad I got it during the holidays. The copper is perfect. There are some beautiful serving pieces, I think I’ll just need to add to my perfect backyard table… stay tuned. It will be a great place to test products, write suggestions and continue my venture into my personal retirement transition. Who says you have to stop all work? Aren’t you supposed to do what you love? I love playing with makeup, rearranging furniture (poor hubs) and redecorating on a budget. The daylight will be fantastic!
Since this is written, maybe I won’t even “work” … just enjoy the day, the dogs and some lovely blooming success. Sometimes the success is just about living better in the moment.
Now, let’s all be thankful for the rain that WILL find my backyard! I have confidence in the farmer’s judgement, my girlfriends’ advice and good labors and my ability to adjust to my new found freedom.