Thursday, March 24, 2011

Lazy Country Days

Bumblebee in mom's wisteria.
I woke up early Saturday morning (unusual for me!!) and enjoyed a long phone call with a friend.  When I was through, an old fashioned country breakfast was waiting -- steak, biscuits and gravy.  Yum!!   I had spent Friday night with my grandmother out at her place in the country (on my parents' place).  We hung pictures on her freshly painted walls -- some of us girls got together the Saturday before and painted the inside of her home for her.  Saturday morning was spent enjoying time with Nanny. 

Knockout rose in mom's garden.

When in the country invariably I end up working in the garden.  My mom had dug up and separated some of her zebra grass and left them for me to re-plant in my own yard.  She also told me I could have one of her crape myrtles if I could dig it up.  Believe me, I dug it up!  It took a lot of work, I got bitten by ants, and I ended up having to use a pruner to cut one of the tough roots, but I dug it up.  It barely fit in the trunk of my car.  She also gave me some of her wisteria.  I want to plant that on the swing arbor in my own back yard.  Can't wait to smell it!!

Jasmine dripping off pergola by pond.

I can never go down to the country  without taking my camera.  There is always something new to see, some new perspective on life.  Such as the photo at the top of the page with the bumblebee in the wisteria. The smells are incredible this time of year!  The jasmine is also blooming, and between the jasmine and the wisteria, bumblebees were everywhere!  Color is just dripping off my mom's garden.  Right now yellows, purples, reds, whites, are all mingling together. 

Doesn't it look like it smells good?

And speaking of dripping, I sort of took some unauthorized photos of my mom's laundry!  I couldn't resist. The look is so relaxing, and seeing it blowing in the breeze, feeling that same breeze brushing against my skin, was almost a vacation...(I think I need to take one of those soon!)  Just don't tell her I've put her laundry out for the world to see!  
Mom's laundry-- really hope she doesn't see this one!  hee, hee...
I left for home a little after lunch after spending more quality time with Nanny and my sister.  Once I got home, I had a lot of work to do.  My own yard needed to be taken care of. The yard needed to be cut, and I needed to plant what I had taken from my mom's. The zebra grass went down one property line, the crape myrtle went by the house at the end of that same property line.  Then I planted a couple of yellow, fragrant roses inside the zebra grass border.  I had to buy another rose to go with the other two. One should always have odd numbers planted or grouped together...
Knockout rose in mom's garden.
How do you relax?  Do you like to work in your yard?  Do you like to do needlework, play music, or read?  Hunt or fish?  In Genesis, the very first book of the Bible, God created the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested. He didn't need to rest, but He was setting a precendent for us.  Even Jesus, in the New Testament, found it important to set aside time to rest alone.  In the same way it's important for us to rest, to relax, to renew our hearts and minds.  Aside from spending time in God's word and in church, we need to find things that clear our minds, hearts and bodies of stress.  This time of year, Saturdays in the garden do it for me! 

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