The sun is bright and the wind is fair, so it’s time to walk.
In Texas, a walk at certain times of the day will almost always include mosquitos. The little jiggers just think they belong with someone who is trying to work up or sweat…or not. They buzz around one’s head until you feel like you will fall over from swatting. I guess they actually help increase your heart rate. That could be a blessing in the long run.
I try to remember to wear something dark so just maybe, I can hide from them. You know, I read the herb, jojoba, is a natural repellent, so apparently that’s why those bath oils work so well. I put a 1/2 cap full in the dog’s bath water to help her fight them off. It’s not a product for outdoor-in-the-sun use! It’s OIL. Duh! If you plan on being in the sun, around the water, find your SPF!
So during our walk, before I got off point, I noticed beautiful blooms in my garden! Everyone knows I have a brown thumb, so I was so excited I had to take a picture. Any beautiful thing that I don’t kill is a miracle to be sure. So, I hope you love my picture of the clematis growing in my yard… on a trellis… facing the dog’s yard. Ugh!
That’s right. The one thing I planted myself, that’s growing beautiful, only faces the dog’s yard! No one from the street can see it.
Even if they are in the driveway, they can’t see it. It’s the one plant I planted and grew successfully and my dogs are the only ones to enjoy it.
Except me. Except you. I hope you enjoy your walk… without any pesky tag along flying blessings. Enjoy the view. It’s a great way to live better!
I finally settled on a project. Well, I’ve chosen several. Visiting with my friends, the other night, I learned it’s pretty common to “bite off more than you can chew” when you first decide to retire.
So, I’ve backed up to regroup.
Three months ago today, my company gave us notice and I had to decide what my future would look like. I’ve always had a plan and always known what my DREAM was, but not necessarily when it would happen. So, I’ve been given the opportunity to reflect and rethink the dream.
So, now… while consulting in direct sales for my “gig”, I have time to complete a few projects that will lead to that picture I see in my future.
To have what I desire, I need a pretty back yard.
It doesn’t have to be fancy. Just neat and comfy with very little maintenance required. I really do not like yard work, but enjoy the benefits… whether I earn them or buy them.
I called a friend that loves to do outside work and has some great ideas. She’s known me for 35 years, so she knows my likes and dislikes. She listens to my concerns and my goals and encourages me in a different direction when she knows there is upkeep on the horizon.
The message I left her went a little like this: “Hi, Sherry. I hope you are ok today. My yard and my future well-being require your assistance. I hope you are free to visit soon.”
THREE DAYS LATER, she got the courage to call. She knew it meant work, because she knows about me and outdoor work.
She asked lots of questions and I found the answers. She has another friend who loves that work and would like some extra bucks, so she can help. It’s a girl project!
Day one comes and goes… no one shows up – not even me!
Day two arrives with the overgrowth being yanked from around the house and add-on. Progress.
They decided to save the rose bush, and use it in another area. The hydrangea stays, the monkey grass is relocated for a bit.
The numbers of critters in the garden are the main reason I don’t like gardening.
I watched with goose bumps as the spiders (of all kinds) scampered across the house, tools and ground to find a new dwelling. The King snake had to relocate and the lizards were moving quickly to the other side of the house.
We picked up the soapy water bottle to allow the bees and yellow jackets to crawl away and find a new home and I hate to admit it, but we sprayed that huge nest of wasps from under our chairs!
The mosquitoes are another story, so we grabbed the Bug Guard and the Skin So Soft to be fully prepared.
Our brick has so many colors, I’m excited to shop for ground covers, plants and “littles” that personalize an area. But, that’s another day. For now… I feel comfortable walking outside where the plants used to reside and see the cleaned area with the weeds slowly giving way for a future oasis that is lovingly referred to as our girl project.