My black thumb has a hue of green!

I’ve been thinking of my grandmother often over the last few weeks. It’s because of her that I am closely tending to my little plants this summer. Over and over again, year after year, I love the idea of gardening only to quickly tire of the heat and bugs – and so…everything dies. Well this year, between Chad finding great humor that I was again attempting to grow something and the constant thought of how sad my grandma would be with me….I am succeeding! This has not been particularly easy. It has not been only my wimpiness with regards to the heat and the bugs. We don’t have a great deal of direct sunlight in our yard. So, Bess and I planted impatiens in a shady flower bed and they have been particularly happy – much to our delight. The marigolds are standing up brightly, quite pleased to have a little spot of sun. The herbs, cilantro, sweet basil, lavender, and oregano are also coming along nicely. I don’t really know what to do with these herbs now that they seem intent on living. I’ve been studying the herbs in the produce section at WalMart to see what the cut plants look like so that I can come home and snip mine to look the same.
My industrious sister-in-law gave me the idea to plant the remaining little garden in our plastic swimming pool. I can’t say for sure if this is working. I had some extra marigolds and a few cucumber plants to place and thought – what the heck, no one will be surprised if they die so I’ll just try it. The plants are alive but not thriving. My limited experience has me guessing that I didn’t add enough dirt. Of course, the more likely problem is that Zoey (choc. lab) doesn’t understand why there are “things” in her pool and constantly wants to investigate. I guess my sister-in-law had not used her plastic pool for her dog.
The marigolds are ok – not overly happy. Only two of the four cucumber plants are alive and slowly showing signs of life. The other two didn’t live through the first couple of days of Zoey investigations. I forgot until just now that I had also planted a yellow pepper plant in our pool garden. The pepper plant went in to the pool as the tallest, happiest plant. Zoey grabbed that plant out of the dirt and ran off with it! …sigh…

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“40 Somethingish”

It’s official – I’m “40 Something”. I can remember thinking that the “forties” were really old people. My parents were old, in my eyes, in their thirties. Yikes!

The “birthday” was yesterday and it was an incredible day – before 7:00am, the day was already made. About 4:30 am, I heard footsteps down the hall, movement in the kitchen, and soon…the wonderful smell of coffee and sausage. My instructions from the night before were to stay in bed a bit longer and to wake up hungry. When I was allowed in to the kitchen, wow what a spread! Adam and AM had been busy making a new breakfast casserole. Adam came up with the recipe and I hope he will repeat it soon. AM had made me a huge, orange sign with lovingly, cut letters of yellow, blue, and purple. “HAPPY B-DAY MOM”. AM also had created me a slide show on the computer that I enjoyed while drinking my fresh cup of coffee. The two little people soon came down and greeted me with hugs and special gifts of their own creation. Keegan had painted a portrait of me on canvas – beautiful. And then, my Bess brought me a painted planter that I will use for pens. She then pulled out folded, rumpled, rough-edge piece of paper. Unable to contain herself, Keegan announced that Bess had written me a song. My eyes filled with tears before she ever started. Her voice brings me to tears every time she sings, but this was different. She started working on this song in January and says that she changed it now and then along the way. The words are below:

You, you’re the one I want to be like.
You’re the one I look up to.
You’re the one that I love.
You’re the one I’d do anything for.

Like climb to the top of a mountain
or cross the sea
I would do it all for you
wait and see.

But if there were three words
I could say to you,
they would be I love you.

Don’t even worry about me.
Take care of yourself.
I love you so much more than anybody else.

What I like to see is your smile.
When I see it, I could run a mile.
That just kinda means that you
encourage me to do these things….

Like climb to the top of a mountain
I would cross the sea.
I would do it all for you
wait and see.

But if there were three words
I could say to your
they would be I love you.

Yes, I dooooooooo

I love you.

Bessie 5/13/10

Enough said – the day was perfect!