My backyard is my sanctuary, a place far away from the front door. When I step out of the front door life slaps me full in the face. Ahhh, but the backyard is my retreat where I can regain Karma. To sit in and feel the cool shade of bamboo; to see it gently swaying and hear the soft rustling does wonders for my soul.
I am not a serious gardener. I do not test my soil; have a shed full of fertilizers or a myriad of gardening tools. And, I cannot wax philosophically about the pros and cons of plant characteristics. I buy plants that speak to me (metaphorically, I am not that crazy – yet) and plant them where they are pleasing to the eye. If they are happy — great! If not, I move them. If they survive –good! If not, I buy a different plant. If they are a vegetable and I’m able to harvest some food – better still!
I enjoy being outside digging in the soil or relaxing while communing with my garden friends (again, metaphorically… I’m not really having a conversation with the garter snake –yet).
Sipping coffee minding my own business when
“…Soon again I heard a tapping somewhat louder than before.
`Surely,’ said I, `surely that is something at my window lattice;
Let me see then, what thereat is, and this mystery explore –
Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore; –
‘Tis the wind and nothing more!” – Edgar Allen Poe
Or a big fat frog.
We wanted a pre-fabricated pergola for our patio and found this one at Lowes.Problem: how to keep it stable and not blow over in heavy winds without permanently attaching it to the concrete.
Bought 4×4’s and metal base that holds 4×4’s. Then bought 4 cement squares. We bolted the 4×4’s into the metal base and screwed the metal base into the cement squares with special screws. The legs of the pergola are hollow and fit perfectly over the 4×4’s. Final step was leveling by using shims under the cement squares and then caulked the cement squares to the patio. Voilà – Great place to relax.
Was awakened one night about 4 months ago around 2 am to the weirdest sound. Somewhere between a monkey and an owl. Kept hearing this sound way early in the morning. Figured it was an owl or possibly a Chupacabra. Went to All About Birds site and listened to different owl calls and discovered it was a barred owl.
Never caught a glimpse of the owl for the past 4 months until last week:
“May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that’s always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.”