Blogger Widgets When My Life Becomes a Book: September 2008

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Tips for gardening

Placing the perfect spot for your relaxing garden, you probably want a place to just kick-it and relax, surrounded by serenity, peacefulness and de-stress after a long day. Your backyard and garden are ideal locations but you’ll get more enjoyment out of your garden if it is a unique reflection of your personality. You don’t want a garden that looks the same as your neighbor’s yard. You want something that reflects your tastes and you find comfort within your own peaceful garden.

Many different types of garden art are available to set your garden apart, and make it on your own.

You basically have 3 categories of garden art that you can choose for your garden décor…I like that sound of that word “décor”.

Formal art refers to statuary, (Awe -Haw…I’ve been reading a lot about gardening, because I truly miss it) and sculptures that would see in formal gardens. Sundials, stone statues, obelisks, and such are considered formal art.

Semi-formal refers to more light-hearted sculptures and décor. Semi-formal can mean resin statues of children and animals, decorative birdhouses, and copper wind chimes. Semi- formal art gives the garden more light, happy feeling.

Informal art includes just about everything else. You can let your imagination run wild here. An old sink or bath-tub, a pair of old boots planted with flowers, an old washboard. or pretty much anything that will fit in.

Don’t feel limited to choosing from just one category of garden art. You can mix and match from all three categories if you want. After all, its your garden, and it should reflect your personality. When you choose your garden art, it should be something that you feel some kind of emotional attachment to.

You can find a garden art in several places. You can browse through antique shops, flea markets, garage sales and even thrifty shops. Or, you may have some items in your basement, junk closet or garage, and/or attic that can be placed into your own special garden. Another option, if you can easily create some light, airy sculptures with some copper wire and some imagination.

When placing your art, look for places that need some visual interest added. You’ll want to place it at a focal point, where the eyes will be drawn to it. Look for bare places that need something added. You can place the art to have anchor the end of a path, so that the path will seem to have more purpose than simply a walkway through the garden. If there is a fence along the garden, hang something on it to break up the long monotonous lines.

I could go on and on about where to place your garden art. In general, it should go in an area that needs more visual interest. Just be should to take into account the size of the garden. You want your garden art to accent your garden not overwhelm it. You can approach garden décor from either end. Either look at your garden and decide what you want to place there, or pick up some garden art as you’re browsing around the stores, and then decide where you want to put it.

When it come down to it, the choice of garden and placement should reflect your tastes and personality. The proper choice of garden art will help to set your garden apart from everyone else’s, and it will increase your enjoyment of your own little relaxing oasis.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

New Dreams

Being comfortable can be nice and pleasant. Yet too much
comfort can softly and steadily erode your sense of purpose
and even your most treasured dreams.

Being too attached to comfort can prevent you from venturing
forth and fulfilling your best possibilities. In order to
maintain your level of comfort, you may well be tempted to
compromise the values you hold dear.

Enjoy the comfort that you have attained, while being
careful not to let that comfort become a prison. As nice as
comfort can be, so much of life's richness lies outside the
boundaries of your comfort zone.

As with most things in life, comfort is best when it is
experienced in moderation and balance. Even comfort loses
its desirability when it is the only thing you ever

Enjoy and be truly thankful for the comforts in your life.
At the same time, balance those comforts with real and
demanding challenges.

Maintain a comfortable place in your world from which you
can regularly emerge to take on the risks and challenges
that will add so much richness to life. Outside your comfort
zone, there are always new dreams waiting to be lived.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Friendship never comes apart

Old Age, I decided, is a gift

I am now, probably for the first time in my life, the person I have always
wanted to be. Oh, not my body! I sometime despair over my body, the
wrinkles, the baggy eyes, and the sagging butt. And often I am taken aback
by that old person that lives in my mirror (who looks like my mother!), but I
don't agonize over those things for long.

I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, my loving family for
less gray hair or a flatter belly. As I've aged, I've become more
kind to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend.

I don't chide myself for eating that extra cookie, or for not making
my bed, or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn't need, but
looks so avante garde on my patio. I am entitled to a treat, to be messy, to
be extravagant.

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before
they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 AM and
sleep until noon?

I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60&70's,
and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love .. I will.

I will walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body,
and will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the
pitying glances from the jet set .
They, too, will get old.

I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just
as well forgotten. And I eventually remember the important things.

Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not
break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when
somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what
give us strength and understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is
pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect.

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and
to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face.
So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could
turn silver

As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what
other people think. I don't question myself anymore. I've
even earned the right to be wrong.

So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I
like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while
I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or
worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day. (If I
feel like it)


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