“Inside each one of us is a beautiful flower garden. This is the garden of the soul. With each lesson we learn, the garden grows. As we learn together, our individual gardens form a tranquil paradise.”
– Sri Chinmoy
To say this has been a crazy year for me is putting it mildly. I started a new full time job which takes 10 hours out of my day (including 2 hours of travel time daily). I began
writing this blog, starting writing poetry and even embarked on a garden design business…oh and then there is the gardening. I had prepared myself to keep it all in balance, and be able to manage everything, but just recently I realized my life had begun to get out of a balance again. At least this time I was able to recognize the signs early. I listened to my intuition; “my gut feelings”. I just read recently this wonderful quote from the Tiny Buddha blog I read daily that helps focus my life…”Today if things get overwhelming, take a deep breath and remind yourself: Your circumstances are temporary, but your peace can endure if you choose to nurture it.” The post talked about the fact that we all lose that balance now and again. So OK let’s look at what’s been going on again.
- Crazy schedule at work with non-stop deadlines and things that must get done all at once–will be looking at ways I can control the schedule and craziness, but I only have so much control.
- Insomnia again….which leads to weight gain and migraines and other health issues if I don’t get it in check.
- Migraines for sure have crept up again and they are some of the worst I have had in several months.
- No time for relaxing in the garden, day trips, reading blogs I love, enjoying the company of friends….
- And a bit of depression because I am out of balance.
So time to take that deep breath….I will be working in the next few weeks on cultivating some new habits in my life to get it back on track, but for now I have had to check out and unplug a bit. I am on the computer for 8 hours a day at work and I find it difficult to come home from work and get back on it to read blogs, or plug into social media. Instead I head outside to take stock of my gardens with camera in hand. But that has not been enough to take my mind off the craziness so sleep can come.
I have vacation time to take starting in July with some I did not take this year. There is much to be said for taking time for yourself. So I am using my vacation time this summer creatively. Instead of taking a week or 2 all at one time, I will be taking every Friday off from June 24th to Sept 2nd with a couple of Mondays here and there for special occasions. I think the long weekend will allow me time to read, write, garden and even get in a day trip now and then to some interesting nurseries and gardens. It will allow me time to rest, relax and cultivate the new habits I am planning; regaining that balance and peace of mind.
So this June, as my life has taken an odd turn so has my garden. It started with the animals. The frogs in the garden this year have been talking non-stop. They actually bark…yes I said bark. It sounds like a dog parking 24/7, 7 days a week and especially if it is raining. This incessant barking coincides with their personalities…brash and challenging….they talk to us, and back talk. We give them their space. I thought a collage of their personalities would be in order….
We have named one of the frogs Jaws because he is the one who is constantly opening his mouth and making noise. He has been quite active with the females in the pond too. And he has another annoying habit we just witnessed. He waits for the birds who fly to the shore of the pond to bath, and then he attacks them. He scares off quite a few birds and he gives us dirty looks as well. I think he imagines himself King of this pond and he is protecting his territory. Here’s a brave robin bathing with Jaws looking on lower right. The robin didn’t get too close and was quick about it. Click on the photo to see the encounter close up!!
I have never seen a duck standing on a picket fence. It is quite a feat to balance there. I had to pinch myself to make sure I hadn’t fallen down a rabbit hole. He was surveying the garden and eyeing our pond. Next thing we knew the pair was on the the roof of the gazebo wandering around looking to see if there was an opening for nesting. I also think they were chasing bugs on the roof…I don’t think I will ever see this sight again. They visited the pond briefly and then flew off to the pond behind the meadow.
We hadn’t seen the deer for quite a long time, and suddenly the last week or so we have seen solitary does. This one wandered into the meadow for a meal. I never saw the little surprise hiding in the tall flowers until they were leaving…a Bambi. I have yet to be able to capture a good picture of the baby since she keeps it hidden in the tall grasses or flowers…we can see it jumping and playing, but it is still too far for a good picture. Of course she is eyeing the garden. She’ll be back inside the fence some night. Better get out my Deer Out spray and start spraying the lilies, hostas etc. This is the only repellent I have found effective for deer and rabbits. It lasts a long time, is all natural, is not a pepper spray, does not taste good to the animals and isn’t too bad of a smell when sprayed.
I’ll leave you with a few images of the gardens in bloom this June that are presentable….the weeding begins in earnest soon….then I can show you a bit more.
“Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Continue to learn. Appreciate your friends. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.”
– Mary Anne Hershey
Special Note: Here’s a shot of what I discovered the day after writing this post….boy do I know my neighborhood deer…they enjoyed phlox, lilies, daylilies, geraniums, coneflowers and hostas. Needless to say I was out spraying everything. Monthly around this time (usually the 10th) I guest blog at Walkabout Chronicles. I hope you can join me for my most recent post and interview.
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