A Walk Through My Yard

Hi, my friends! I have missed everyone! It has taken me almost 10 years to be “me” again, but oh my gosh, I feel settled inside. It’s something I cannot describe, but just know that I have had to process a lot of hurt and pain and “history” to be here!

As with many things in my life that were messed up, inappropriate, wrong, or just plain destroyed, losing my garden back at the old house really hurt me. A garden? Just a garden? Could that be so bad? Well, now, you all know better than that. My heart and my spirit were there, and many a time that garden was my refuge, a place where I quietly prayed, or cried, or planned. I was constantly trying to make things better. Not everyone wanted to be on the cart — mostly one person, but you try pushing the cart. Or pulling it. It is emotionally, physically and spiritually draining!

The garden here at Jason’s — my dear Jason — is a gorgeous pallete of pine trees, hardwoods, deer, azaleas, and some basic other shrubs, weeds, pests, beautiful birds, and blah blah blah. Jason affectionately calls me “Lynnwood.” Ahhh, I love that name. It makes me so happy to be working in one part of the house and to hear, “Hey, Lynnwood!” from the other end of the house. My best friend, teacher, housemate, soulmate, finance, confidant, a friend to my children.

I was walking through our yard today and trying to decide how to incorporate some of the many things I’d like to do. Where to start! Oh, yes, I was speaking about “Lynnwood,” That’s what Jason calls the backyard as well, because he says it is mine to do whatever I want with. My heart has been so broken over so much loss, so much abuse, it has taken me years to open my heart to creating something else. Doesn’t a lot of stuff just end up getting thrown out or disrespected or bulldozed? It feels that way.

I wanted to share pictures of the garden right now. There is so much to do!! These are just spots here and there.

A feather I found today.
A Victorian birdbath I purchased when I owned my retail shop, Sidetracked.
Ohhhh, I do love her!
Large hibiscus bloom in the yard.

My aim is to have a woodland garden. I have found the the deer have left the butterfly bush completely free of their grazing! Same with lavender. I am trying to figure out what else the deer really do not like! In a recent YouTube vlog, I show where I accidentally walked right up on a little fawn! She stayed so very still. She was obeying her mother to be quiet and hide. How sweet.

If you have any thoughts on what to grow in this type of yard: pine trees, deer (lots of them), southeast US heat and humidity, please do chime right in!

I will be back soon. Feel free to keep up with me on multiple social networking platforms under the name “abitofbirdsong” as I grow my small business.

Enjoy this day!

Lynn

Oh My Dear Goodness

I feel a bit like Piglet.  (Mama, do you know what I mean?)  In a panic.  In a rush.  More to do than I can do!  I have been working many hours out of town lately.  It has been a real challenge.  If I did not love my job so much, and all that they offer me, I think I would have “give out” by now.

In addition to work, I have been extremely busy closing the shop down.  It took months and months (years) to stock it up to where it is now, so tearing it down has been a process.  I have had several large and very successful sales, thanks to my sweet customers.  I have moved out about 400-500 items during recent sales.  Now I am boxing up, bagging up, donating, storing, all in preparation for my little private studio/workshop.

Then there’s Etsy.  Ahhh, Etsy.  I have been really focusing on my Etsy shop.  Peeps, it’s a good and happy thing.  Just busy, busy, busy!

Here is a treasure I found recently. For my garden.

The real thing. Heavy as lead. Beautiful detail. Not plastic. 7 dollars. Lucky me.

Enjoy this day.
Lynn

A Few Things

Just dropping in with a few lines. Looking forward to live music tonight, a surprise from my sweetie! Off work. All the birdbaths are all scrubbed clean and filled. The hummingbirds have fresh food. The tomatoes from the garden are fine. I continue to work on closing down the shop and transitioning to a private studio. I think a Friday nap may be in order. Or wait…I have time to go shopping! The Steelbender is prepping for a lesson anyway.

Oh, and I am still working on family history.  Pictured is one of my McNeill ancestors: Thomas McNeill born in 1849, my great-great-grandfather.  His wife was Martha Jane. ❤

Roma tomatoes from the container garden.

Love from Mars.

I love the little Bambies that come around.

Sweet planter in the Etsy shop.

Enjoy this day!
Lynn