Highly stressful and sad weekend with all the reports from Japan. My heart just aches for the people there. Coming so soon after the devastation in Christchurch, it’s a vivid reminder of how very simple and blessed my life is.
Weather-wise, it was a nice weekend here. After a week or so of dismal weather–not to mention, life events–I needed it! I finally felt like and was able to get in some hour-long walks both yesterday and today. I worked up an itsy bitsy sweat on both days (the benefits of over-insulating), and it felt soooo good!
Our early bloomers are putting on quite the show this year. Wanna see a sampling?
Okay, it was a rhetorical question. You don’t get to vote. But I’ll be brief, I promise.First, from my neighborhood walk:
And from the park:
Finally, from my Memaw’s gardens:
Memaw’s rose bed is kicking in as well. She already has a few buds! I’m not sure I’ve ever shared a photo of Memaw’s rose bed (also home of last summer’s still-remarked-upon watermelon):
It’s neat in that it’s cut into the side of a hill and supported by a retaining wall. This way, the soil and weeds are at waist level, and she doesn’t have to stoop or kneel too much (she’s 90, after all). Plus, though she’d never admit it, she has the wall to hold onto when she needs it. My father built it for her when she moved in with them. I know he did it partly because he loves her and knows she gets a lot of joy from gardening, but I also suspect he saw himself doing all that weeding and pruning.
Thus, endeth our pictorial review. To those of you still experiencing the effects of winter, I hope these photos serve as proof that Spring is headed your way, too!
On tap in the week ahead:
Monday – a.m. with the senior set, p.m. recovering from a.m.
Tuesday – a.m. mani-pedi, p.m. job interview (not the one I’d hoped for, but this one seems interesting on the surface)
Wednesday – early a.m. leave for 2 weeks in Florida. With my parents. Both of them.
So, mantra for the foreseeable future: This time together is a gift.
What’s up with you this week? Whatever it is, I hope you’ll enjoy it! Or come up with a helpful mantra.