Finished “Parking Bench”

Posted by on 14 Jun 2015 | Tagged as: garden, Gardens and Life, good things

The little wall that Tom and Grant (mostly Tom) put together separates the paved/concrete parking space in front of the garage from the graveled space that can be used for parking but needs a bit of separation. So it’s a spot to put a few planters, sit on and just help define “public” from “private” uses.

I think it’s lovely…

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Today in the Garden

Posted by on 14 Jun 2015 | Tagged as: environment, garden, Gardens and Life, good things, Green Living, seasons

Today we were in the garden. Until about 1:30 in the afternoon, we worked slowly and steadily.

And it is starting to show!

One of the planters by the front door is now blooming nicely.

Not sure what types of rock flowers (succulents of some sort) these are, but I love the daisy-like blooms.

Not sure what types of rock flowers (succulents of some sort) these are, but I love the daisy-like blooms.

Tom and Grant built a lovely bench for me out of the reclaimed cement blocks that used to prop up our old house. There are more of these blocks — look for future installations!

The bench, partially completed, showing how they stacked the

The bench, partially completed, showing how they stacked the

I pruned back the St. John’s Wort a little bit, after Tom spent some time yesterday clearing the weeds from around it so I could see what needed shaping. I got a little too close in a couple places and it touched my face and skin, so I will be uncomfortable. At least I know what causes the rash, and so I am not as worried as the first time I reacted to it. Still, it looks a lot nicer than before and since we are actually living here again it will be easier to keep it shaped and manageable.

I started to pull some of the weeds from between the pavers in the front patio. It’s a constant, thankless job, but necessary. I cleared about 30 assorted aster-relatives, dock, and forget-me-nots. And noticed got distracted by the lovely pattern the table makes on the pavers when the sun shines…

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Today in the Garden

Posted by on 05 Jun 2015 | Tagged as: garden, Gardens and Life, good things, Green Living

Finally, progress!

As I woke up earlier than normal, I had some time this morning to water the garden before I left for school. One week to go…

These are some of the sights that met my eyes on a Friday at 6:30 in early June.

Enjoy!

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Practice

Posted by on 02 Jun 2015 | Tagged as: education, Education Professional, fun, Gardens and Life, good things, percussion

I am working to show my students that you should perservere with difficult tasks.  Practice more than once, take a break but return.  

I am just learning the drums, but…  Here is the most difficult piece I am playing tomorrow.  I took a video of my practice session to show the kids how many mistakes a new learner makes, and that it is OK to be less than perfect!

Not certain who said it first, but both my sons exited the Griffin-Capital band tradition with this mantra:  Practice Makes Better.  (note: link will open in a new window, with a youtube video)
 
Hope it is true for me, too!

Also worked in the garden, but…

Posted by on 01 Jun 2015 | Tagged as: Family Matters, fun, Gardens and Life, good things, music, percussion

here is the main event from the weekend.

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Today in the Garden

Posted by on 10 May 2015 | Tagged as: garden, Gardens and Life

Veggies, Flowers, Places to Be…

Tom and I got a lot done this weekend.

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Today in the Garden

Posted by on 03 May 2015 | Tagged as: garden, Gardens and Life, good things

Today we worked in the garden. I was ill yesterday, so didn’t get anything at all done.

But today, today we got a lot done!

The area by the little frogpond is now mostly weeded, and replanted with seven dahlias. Last weekend the area saw the lilacs pruned back (a little more today, and it opens up the space remarkably), and a few tubers I picked up at the Flower and Garden show in February. Hoping they all survived the extended “rest” and will survive the deer and slugs…

We also finished clearing and planted the small “rock garden” area that used to be out back. Found a lot more rocks that had been covered by the dozer, and now they are set aside for re-use. The four pink and white dahlias we put out there will look lovely against the darker greens and gray-browns of the woods. Overseeded with godetia and heliotrope, a riot of color and scent for late summer mornings.

Not much to show for the effort (yet), so no pictures, but expect an abundance of lovely blooms in July and August!

Hardly seems possible that it is already May. I am very glad that the school year has gone so well. Next year will be easier, and I anticipate having more energy to put toward the house and yard from now on.

Today in the garden, it was lovely.

NaPoWriMo 2015.30

Posted by on 30 Apr 2015 | Tagged as: NaPoWriMo, poetry, Poetry Month

The end is in sight
by dark of night
a lone poet sits
to write.

A bit of doggerel
rhymes with mackerel
a poet dreams of
bits of shell.

A silly little rhyme
lacking meter or time
the poet muses, “Not
sublime.”

This was the last day for National Poetry Writing Month.

I wrote the equivalent of one poem a day, but as so often in my life I found I had to adjust my expectations. I wrote more some days, and not at all on others. Learning to be more moderate and realistic, letting go. I don’t like that I cannot go all out every day, but I do like being able to relax a bit and sit without having to be “productive” every moment.

I hope you will visit some of the sites of other poets who took part this year. There is a list at NaPoWriMo.net. Enjoy!

NaPoWriMo 2015.29

Posted by on 30 Apr 2015 | Tagged as: NaPoWriMo, poetry, Poetry Month

Clash of cymbals
and the second percussionist
relieves the first.

For once, all instruments are coming in on time.

The orchestra follows the now-steady beat
of the tom-tom, the bongo, the bass and the snare.

For once, all instruments (including the bass drum in the 120th measure)
are coming in on time.

NaPoWriMo 2015.28

Posted by on 28 Apr 2015 | Tagged as: critters, Gardens and Life, NaPoWriMo, poetry, Poetry Month

Frogs in the evening
sing of cool rains
and sunny skies.

Memories of tomorrow’s promises.

The tadpoles are getting bigger, and respond now when a shadow passes overhead. Naturally more aware, or have they now experienced loss? Do they know fear?

Do they know joy, as they rest on the slowly skeletonizing chestnut leaves?

Do they anticipate the changes, understand the twitching, itching — there, just under the skin — do they know that legs and toes are on the way?

Do they know?

Do they need to know?

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