Sunday, June 29, 2008

Birds Don't Hold Grudges...

Yesterday I bought some new songbird food. Apparently, it is a hit because this morning my yard was taken over by tiny little chirping birds. The thing that struck me was that even though there was plenty of food and two full feeders, they seemed to compete and antagonize each other. I watched wings flail and heard angry chirps as I watched in amazement. The strange thing was that they would fight each other and then sit happily next to each other and grab seeds from the feeders. Apparently, birds don't hold a grudge.

Two twin butterflies joined the fray today too. Butterflies always amaze me. These were incredible with bright colors of yellow, black and blue.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Squash, anyone?

There is nothing better than fresh squash on the grill~~I threw in a jalapeno and a couple tomatoes that were ready too.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Proactive Pest Control

I decided to take a proactive stance on controlling those nasty tomato hornworms and stinky squash bugs this year. I don't use chemicals on my plants because the thought of all those nasty cancer causing substances soaking into my fresh, healthy veggies gives my the heeby geebies. So, I did some research and came up with the idea of planting certain things like anise, garlic, onion, french marigolds, celery and parsley in specific locations to try to discourage the little nasties from invading my garden. The other thing I've been doing is watering about once a week with compost tea... Love it!! So far it's working.... I've also noticed an increase in beneficial insects like praying mantis and ladybugs....

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Terrific Tuesday

I started a new biblestudy today called "No Other Gods" by Kelly Minter. It's set up so that you do the study with a small group of friends over about 10 weeks. My group is friends in Colorado and Virginia and we are communicating via the internet. I'm so excited. I think this is going to jump start some reevaluation of my priorities...

Friday, June 13, 2008

Busy Day but so Much Fun!

Jayden pretending to be Elton John

Sweet 'lil Maya

The first thing I planted at my house... a tiny lavender that now threatens to take over the front yard...I wouldn't really be opposed.

I didn't get to sleep in but who was I really kidding anyway...I never sleep in. Steve called this morning to ask if I'd be willing to watch Jayden today since he wasn't feeling well. I'm not happy Steve's got a cold but I love spending time with the funniest almost one year old I know. We started the day by hanging out with Tammy and Maya.

Went to lunch at Dion's---love the Greek salad with Ranch dressing! Shopped at Lowe's (really cool misting fan for outside), Hobby Lobby (lanterns and candles that I didn't really need) and Party City (decorations for Jayden's first birthday party next week). Then Erika, Jayden and the dogs and I went for a walk to the park and relaxed in the backyard for awhile. I can't believe my first day off went so quickly! Can't wait for tomorrow... Garage sales here I come!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

I'm off for the next 5 days!!!

Not sure what I'm going to do with myself but I do know I'll be spending lots of time in the garden!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

The first Sunflower and Red Tomato of the Year

I had a lesson in balance this morning. I need many more lessons. As I walked through the yard checking on my tiny veggies, I noticed that a couple plants (anise and parsley) are doing so incredibly well that they are dwarfing the plants around them. The plants are trying to grow in the shadows without full access to sunlight and their tiny roots are probably fighting with the stronger roots for nutrients. If you know me well, you know I have a weird aversion to cutting things back and pruning but it's becoming more and more clear that I'm going to have to address this situation.
It made me think about other areas in my life that may be "dwarfed" by things. The specific situation that came to mind was my career. For so long, I have focused almost entirely on the requirements of my job at the detriment sometimes of my personal life, my chores around the house and my dreams. Don't get me wrong, I love my job and am so grateful for the joys it brings me. However, just like the anise and parsley, it seems to be growing too quickly at the expense of the things around it. When anything in life takes up so much space that other things suffer, it's time to reevaluate. Pruning my plants sometimes gives me a guilty twinge (poor stem didn't get a chance to be everything it could) but I know it needs to be done for the betterment of the entire plant. I struggle with this issue because it requires me to relinquish control and trust God to help me make the choices that bring Him glory above all else. In both these situations, it seems so much simpler if I keep my eyes on the bigger picture. Let my focus today be on the possibilities that pruning brings...

Sunday, June 1, 2008

I have a love/hate relationship with Sunday evening

I sort of love Sunday evening because I have usually finished the weekend chores around the house and it's my mellow time. I sort of hate Sunday evening because my brain starts to revert back to "work" me. I start to check my email more frequently and look at my calendar more often. I had a great weekend and got a lot done in the yard and in my house. Had a bbq with friends and then ended the day relaxing in the garden reading a great book. The book was the final installment of a series called the "Yada Yada Prayer Group". It's always so amazing to me how God speaks to me through books. You may think I'm crazy but it's incredible how many times it's happened. Today's message was right on time as always: I need to rely only on God. So often, we get caught up in leaning on friends or family to meet our needs and they may or may not be able to do so. But in all ways, in all things, at all times, the Lord is there and is the only one able and willing to meet every need. Happy Sunday!