Find What You Love

I just came in from the garden.  It hasn’t gotten much attention this year- I’ve been busy doing other things!  It’s a small space, but it works for what I want to grow.  When we bought our house, it had rosemary, thyme, mint, lavender and lemon balm.  At first, I loved the mint and lemon balm.  I made oils, vinegar, and tea.  Lots and lots of tea!  But then, I tired of that… so I dug it up.  Well, I tried.  That was two years ago, and I’m still pulling that stuff out of the ground!

Last year I planted tomatoes, horseradish, cucumbers and jalapenos.  It was a great success- we had tomatoes everyday for quite awhile.  Right up until the deer discovered them!  Rat stinkers!  They ate everything.  They ate the tomatoes, the leaves, the stems… everything!  So this year I am experimenting.  I heard a guy last year say that he planted his tomatoes in 5 gallon buckets.  So I’m giving it a try… and putting them where the deer can’t get to them!  ha!  I’ll keep you posted on that one!

So that leaves me with a space at the front of the house that is mostly weeds and mint.  And lemon balm.  Ugh.

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Anyway…  I was out there working on it… digging up stuff and planting other stuff.  And my husband is building shelves for his work van.  I love watching him work.  He would be the first person to tell you that he’s not a carpenter.  But he is a great thinker!  And so, he mapped out what he wanted to build, did some measuring and got to work.  Yesterday, he put in the first of his shelving handy work.  And this morning, he decided he needed one more shelf- so he’s back at it!

This isn’t the first time he’s built things around the house.  He’s pretty good at it.  But today, it was just fun to watch him.  Things don’t always go as planned- or tools don’t always cooperate the way you think they should.  But he just kind of laughed and found a way around it.  I love that about him!  He is truly happy just building things.

Isn’t it a great thing to find something that makes you happy?  It’s not easy… not always.  For example, I love to bake.  But I just have to stop- cause you know… someone has to eat it, and well… I’m always happy to oblige!  That isn’t working out real well!

But, I do love to grow petunias.  I love dark purple ones- they smell the best!  I plant them close to the house, or the windows, so that I can smell them coming into the house or when I open up my windows.  I have a friend, Lisa, who hates them because you have to spend a good amount of time “dead-heading” them.  It’s true, you do.  But I love them anyway!  Spending time working on them gives me good time to think… and you know… they’re pretty!



What do you love?

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