If you want a golden rule that will fit everybody, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful. ~ William Morris

17 October, 2017

The Last Rose of Summer and a Few More Things...

I have not forgotten or abandoned ye olde blogg... however, I did get rather caught up over the last months getting my new husband properly moved in, moving, rearranging, sorting, discarding, donating, painting, assembling, and finalizing our space we call home.

I spent most of the summer in a state of disorganization with my former guest room literally filled with boxes while we ripped up carpet, painted, measured, assessed space and generally figured out how best to utilize the public spaces to everyone's best interest. 

This meant work spaces for myself, my husband and my son, the installation of an additional television (I would have ZERO, except my husband and children would mutiny and throw me overboard), a bit of new family room furniture and me going through lots and lots of "stuff" deciding what to keep, what to donate, and what had outlived its lifespan.  I'm a collector, particularly of books and so we have lots and lots and lots of bookshelves.  Our now 10 plus years of homeschooling had resulted in things long outgrown which were finally passed on.  

Then before I knew it, school had started, and then the seasons changed and it was time to sort the children's clothing and my older son just keeps growing and well, my goodness, I can't keep up on shoes for his ever-growing feet!

The garden received minimal attention but needed minimal because by God's good graces it rained at regular intervals all summer.  The result was an overflowing, abundant garden, as lush and as green as it could be.  Plants I had for three years made record growth.  Flowers finally bloomed.

In the midst of all that, I grounded myself and returned to my calling of healer, and am pursuing a more active role in Reiki and Energy Healing and am beginning to accept clients. 

I'm also continuing my informal education on-line through the wonderful Edx Site.  In my 'spare' time of course.  I love it far more than the for credit courses I was taking at the college.  The pressure is low and the motivation is high.   I can tackle them at my own pace and pick and choose what interests me.

So, for your viewing pleasure, the remains of the garden before the deciduous trees drop their leaves for the year.....

My Chicago Hardy Fig (one of two)

A monster poke berry plant that had to be supported.  Do not eat this.  For birds only.

My toad lily finally bloomed!

My raised bed garden took on a sculpture like life of it's own and I let it.... It needed no weeding this summer.

Our small but noble pumpkin harvest

My first year hops vine.

The front porch is now solely owned by the French Garden Sorrel,

This is what happens when your soil ph is so weird... you get two different color hydrangeas on the same plant!

Blowing a wish with the last of the summer magic....

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