It’s been awhile since I’ve been here on a Sunday night. The weekends have been a little hectic, and I’ve just run out of time. I really should be in bed now, but I can’t let another week go by without this post. My posts for April Moon 14 (the last two!) will have to wait until tomorrow, but this – it’s time.
This weekend has been about the outside of the house. I wanted to get some work done inside the house as well, but that just didn’t happen. I didn’t even get everything done outside that I wanted to do. So many plans, so much to do, and so little time.
What I did manage to do is get my porches planted and semi-organized. We had incredibly cold winter weather this year – recall that I was out of school for 3 days due to ice – ICE – in south Mississippi back in January – and unfortunately, even though we had plastic up around the porches, almost all of my plants died. That was a tragedy. I’ve been cultivating some of those plants for two years. About all that survived were my ferns, and that means for my home to be the place I want to it to be, all of those plants – and I do mean all of them – have to be replaced.
Sweet Husband knows my weakness for plants, but not just any plants. I prefer the plants that need to be rescued, the ones that have been cast into the clearance bins for a last ditch effort at making a little bit of money off of the greenery. We usually like to head to Lowe’s on Saturday mornings and peruse the Rescue Plants ™. Over the last month or so, we’ve mostly bought plants for the yard, but we’ve also picked up a few plants that would be great on my front porch. This weekend we got lucky and there were a bunch of indoor plants on clearance.
With the new additions at home and waiting, I decided that it was time to get the porch ready. I got about 10 pots replanted. Even with those 10 pots planted, I still have about 10-15 more pots that are waiting for their new residents. We’ve gotten some great plants, and I’m excited to see how they grow.
After getting the plants situated, SH helped me rearrange the furniture on the porch. He’s not happy with the way it is – he thinks the day bed should be turned differently – but he did it the way I wanted it. He’ll be making me a new table for in front of the day bed, and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with. I think the space we’ve created out there is pretty phenomenal. I need to tie up the muscadine vines, and then I’ll be working on creating curtains for the porch to make it a more private space.
Sweet Husband took me out to our favorite nursery this morning and we spent a good 45 minutes browsing in the greenhouse. There were a ton of things I would have loved to bring home, but in the end, I just choose two tall plants that were perfect for my back porch pots. Last year SH bought me 3 huge terra cotta pots so I could get the back porch as inviting as the front. To those two tall plants (I can’t remember their names now), with the clearance plants at Wal-Mart, I added some purslane (to trail over the sides), and some dianthus. I also picked up the clematis I wanted for the third pot. Going back to Lowe’s got me a few 6-packs of marigolds for the pots as well as some little pink daisy-like things. Those filler plants at the bottoms of the other plants need to go ahead and get growing. I want those pots to be lush now.
I love digging in the dirt. I’ve been a little grouchy this weekend or if I’m being honest, a lot grouchy. But when I’m working with my plants, all of that stuff melts away. It’s hard to be angry when you’re making sure that those plants are ready and have what they need. And when you see what those scraggly plants turn in to – watching them grow and change – it’s a peaceful thing. And I needed that this weekend.
It’s going to be a tough week, and I’m glad I’ll have pictures of the work we’ve done to comfort and remind me. To remind me to relax into it. I came across this pin on pinterest:
I’m not sure where I’m supposed to be going and I don’t know what’s going on with the perfect job opportunity. My word of the year is “Trust” and it is always difficult for me to do just that. I need to trust this process – believe that I will be provided with what I need. And with that trust, I need relax into it – let it come. Let what is going to happen and believe that even if it isn’t what I want, it’s what I need. (I think fighting against what is or is not happening is what has made me a little touchy this weekend)
How was your weekend? I hope it was good – restful and relaxing.