A Letter to the Garden

Dear Sweet Garden,

Thank you for tea and infusions; tea that nourished my bones, my brain, my heart, every cell, my spirit!  I know I need to drink from you every day and not just sometimes.  I have missed you, Little Wild Garden, since I had to move away from you, but I know your spirit and personality are recreated wherever I am.  You will be where I am, and you will give me what I need.  I trust you.  God made an abundance of plants and creatures and called it a garden, and that is where he put his first human creation. I know you are a powerful place of refuge and quiet and life, and even, sometimes, death.

infusion from the garden
infusion from the garden

I have started over, and this time it has truly been baby steps to find you again. Maybe people think I am crazy for talking to you, garden, but it is quite the opposite! You very often kept me sane. You were a reprieve during many stressful times, and even times when I tried to recreate you in places that were transient and not right, you gave me peace and beauty. Dear garden, I love you!

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gathering herbs
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cold, bottled herbal infusion

When I look around me now, the beginnings again of you, garden, I see a plant that has flourished near me always, and even grew by random seeds I tossed out this past spring: rosemary. I know I need you. I have always known that. The more the better! You have been by my side for nearly three decades. I see two native plants now, prolific and healthy: the pine tree — two varieties; and pipsissewa (wintergreen). The landscape you have chosen for me is new to me, but it contains elements of two places I have loved. I grew up among the pines. I am glad you are here. And you have a forest floor thick with leaves and pine needles and dark, rich, decaying matter, springing forth mushrooms and fungi. I think we will get along well together, you and I.

Enjoy this day!

Several Things Today, This Beautiful Sunday

This morning it is beautifully light around the blinds. Feels like promise and hope. Light is so wonderful, so necessary to do work, for those of us who work by sight and with our hands. I love the promise of a new day.

Gather Victoria

First of all, a marvelous website. A treasure of a find. This site has stirring photos and a wealth of information on gathering, harvesting, traditions, and more. I have only started to delve into this site: Gather Victoria. You might need a cup of tea before sitting down to browse this one. I will be placing a link to Gather Victoria on my page “Interesting Stuff from Around the Web.”

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Photo from GatherVictora.com

Grandchildren

They grow so quickly. I see them and just want to squeeze them with joy and delight, but they sure do love their mama and daddy. They certainly know me as their grandma, or “mawmaw” as Grandson L likes to proclaim loudly, but the littlest would prefer I not scoop her up and keep her from her mama’s arms, and that is a sweet, sweet love between a mama and baby.

I love this picture, capturing the personality of Princess A as she watches a movie. She and her brother closest in age both love Frozen. Would not surprise me if that was what she was watching. I did not really even look at the movie. I looked at A. She balanced her wobbly self at the couch edge and wondered, is grandma going to scoop me up again? Yes!

Princess A
Princess A

You can see that A wants down, but she is not crying. She is familiar with me and feels safe, but her inclination is just go ahead and pass me to mama, please.

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You can see Little Princes A wanting to move on to more familiar arms. So darling. That said, as they get older, they want to be with “mawmaw,” and I love that!

Meanwhile, daddy was holding Grandson G.

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I am so thankful for my children! We have all come such a long way! I am very thankful to God, that He allowed me to know through the years that they would grow quickly; that He put in my heart a love for them to give them time and attention and to tell them about Him. We all still have a long road of healing. But we are getting there!

Enjoy this day!

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