On this day that celebrates mothers I am out of step. My mother died many years ago as did my aunt who took over as surrogate after Mom died. I also am one of those women who decided back in the 80’s that motherhood was not a good idea for me. I have never regretted that decision. But it does make for an interesting life in retirement when many people are so busy with extended family – kids and grandkids and great grandkids. And Mother’s Day particularly. I am a bystander with memories of my very special Mom and Aunts, but a bystander.
Spring is a time of new beginnings. We are blessed in our community to have a seed exchange hosted by one of the vendors at our local Farmer’s Market. She and her family have been hosting the event for the last 5 years. Every Spring we gather for a potluck, fellowship, gardening stories and tables set up in their garage with a wide array of seeds everyone has brought to share,
This year we brought several varieties of native plant seeds gathered form our own plants and the area. In addition to the wealth of seeds there were cabbage starts and onion sets that someone brought as well as raspberry canes.
After a sun-drenched afternoon we hurried home. David went staright out into the back yard to put his newly acquired seedlings into one of the raised beds. I watched from the window of my studio as I cut out fabric for 2 new quilting projects I have in process.
Life is truly a blessed event.
3 weeks ago I got a call from 2 friends asking me to do a “huge huge huge favor”. I who LOVE retirement and am over 4 years into it was being asked to go back to work. Cover for a friend going out on sudden leave. Social work with older adults. Quilting and spinning on hold. Fewer hours in the studio and in the sun. And I said “yes”. Oh my. Did I think it would be easy? Not. But it is a reminder of why I love retirement and will be happy to get back to it at the end of April. More sun. More studio time. Memories of a job well done.
I am so grateful to Dave for persevering and putting down a new floor in our master bathroom. We bought our house 15 years ago. For some reason (warm feet? cheaper? easier?) there was carpet in both bathrooms that should have been replaced when we moved in. Dave is a reluctant do it your-selfer. He really really hesitates when he hasn’t done something before, despite numerous instructional youtube videos and substantial internet research, But he did it! In honor of Dave I give you our new bathroom floor:
He was so burned out from the experience that he vowed to never do it again. But, after a week had passed he began to talk about getting enough additional flooring to do our second bathroom. What a trooper!!
We did get more flooring. But, alas, the ball is in my court. I decided before the new floor went down the hideous wallpaper had to be stripped and the walls redone. My turn. Because the wallpaper is glued directly to the wallboard and is a painstaking task to remove, well beyond Dave;s patience. Who puts wallpaper directly onto wallboard anyway like it’s supposed to last forever and not be a terribly tedious job to remove??
Technically I live in northern California. But it is really the Pacific Northwest, especially when the coast looks like this…….
…and my dog watching the waves today looks like this…..
I am thankful for the blessings of the season, the companionship of friends and family, and the memories of special times and people past.
A joyous Christmas to all!
A couple of days ago I drove into the valley through the river canyon. After all the rain we’ve had the river was rushing through the canyon grey green and tumbling over rocks. It was magnificent. The mists were rising above the treeline. The sky was full of steel grey clouds with the sun occasionally peeking through. I had Christmas music playing over the CD player. It doesn’t get much better than that.
The rain started late yesterday. It poured down all night and all day today and will continue through the night tonight and all day tomorrow. I just came back from feeding the chickens and listening to the rain pelting down on the roof of the coop. I had to clean out the drain in the backyard so the little lake that had formed could drain away.
Thank goodness for lots of projects to keep warm and cozy indoors and wait for a break in the rain.
Here is our Charlie Brown Christmas tree. This is a redwood tree grown in a pot that is ok two thirds of the way up. But the top portion has foot of trunk between the last sets of leaves. So I just wound extra tinsel around to camouflage it a bit. The tree is standing in a pot and held up by a bunch of rocks and some wood wedges but it does lean to the left. I think that gives it a certain panache.