June 22nd - Victory Garden

Thursday, June 22, 2017

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The 1930s and 1940s were lean and hungry years in America.

People hungered in the 1930s because of the Depression:
debt, drought, dust storms, displacement,
and heartbreaking breadlines and unemployment lines. 

From 1942 to 1945, people were hungry for 
peace, order, safety, security, and homecomings, 
as well as meat, cheese, sugar, butter, coffee, and oil, 
which were strictly rationed because they were being shipped to 
American troops fighting around the world...

In the 1940s, President Franklin Roosevelt ordered 
"victory gardens" as part of the war effort...
American women answered the patriotic call by growing
more than a million tons of vegetables a backyard plots...

Probably the most convincing argument for 
a personal victory garden is a homegrown tomato...
[if you've ever had a home grown tomato 
verses a store bought one, 
you know there is no comparison.
The flavor is a million times more amazing.] 

It's time to completely rethink growing vegetables. 

The victory garden in the 1990s has gone gourmet, 
and it's an affordable luxury

Food is grown not just for economy but for delight...

You may not have a gourmet vegetable garden this summer. 
Gardens need to be plotted, planned, and planted 
before they yield their harvest. 

But you can sow the seeds of this simple pleasure 
into your imagination for next year. 
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I love to garden.

I love growing things. 

I haven't had much success, but I still love it.

Robbie dug out my strawberries once 
because he didn't know that they were perennials.

I haven't been able to grow a full melon. 

But I can grow zucchini like no other mother. 

Here are some pictures of my last garden. 
Sometime next year, I can't wait to grow another one. 
It's one of the best feelings in the world.

I had a white picket fence. It was gorgeous.

I loved this little plant. Something came and ate the two starting leaves, and it still grew.

I made these into french fries. Super yummy.

Also, think about it this way. 
If there were no more grocery stores 
how many of us could feed ourselves? 

Besides bringing joy to our lives,
it's also about self reliance.  

Share a picture of your garden!

Gratitude Journal

1) Costco with my mom and a friend. 

2) My cousin. She is so awesome, and my kids adore her. She came to watch the kids while I went to Costco, and then just stayed the whole day.

3) I'm pretty much exhausted. I'm getting to bed before 11 tonight, I'm so excited.

4) Having another adult to talk to throughout the day. 

5) Dogs. Petting dogs. Spending time with dogs. Doggy kisses...etc etc

June 21st - Bloom Where You're Planted

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

"Bloom where you're planted."


"Gardening is one of the rewards of middle age, 
when one is ready for an impersonal passion, 
a passion that demands patience, 
acute awareness of a world outside oneself, 
and the power to keep on growing through all the times of drought, 
through the cold snows, 
towards those moments of pure joy 
when all failures are forgotten and the plum tree flowers."

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As I have tried and failed and tried again, 
I have discovered that if we are to flourish as creative beings, 
if we are to grow into Wholeness
we must bloom wherever we are planted.

Right now, you might not have 
the perfect career, home, or relationship. 
Few of us do. 

But if you have the gift of today, 
you've got another chance to re-create your circumstances 
and make them as perfect as it's possible to do 
with the resources you have. 

Today, you get another chance to get it as right as you can make it. 

What more could you desire?
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"The people who get on in this world 
are the people who get up and 
look for the circumstances they want.

And if they can't find them, make them."

Gratitude Journal

1) Being the secretary of the Chasing Shelby Foundation. I love it.

2) Putting a car show on. It's a lot of fun. Stressful, although more stressful for others than myself.  

3) The kids are kind of going crazy, I think it's the heat. I'm grateful for water, and ac, and that today is over. Maybe tomorrow they won't be so crazy.

4) Notebooks.

5) Heat. I don't mind it. 105 degrees, I'm good. But my poor roses! I'm grateful again for water. 

June 20th - Secret Gardens

"Within your heart, 
keep one still, secret spot 
where dreams may go."

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Both abundance and lack 
exist simultaneously in our lives, 
as parallel realities. 

It is always our conscious choice 
which secret garden we shall tend. 

The invisible underbrush holding us back is our own thoughts. 

When we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives 
but on the abundance that's present

- love, health, family, friends, work, 
and personal pursuits that bring us pleasure - 

the wasteland falls away and we experience joy 
in the real lives we live each day. 

It would be wonderful to have a real secret garden...
but that's not possible for most of us. 

Still, we can try to create an outdoor sanctuary. 
If you have a backyard, could you place a comfortable chair 
and a small table in a shady nook? Hang a hammock? ...

And while you're at it, 
don't forget to tend your interior secret garden...

Weed out 
diminished ambitions, 
unfulfilled expectations, 
and anger about what has gone before or what has not yet come. 

These emotional weeds only choke your creativity. 

Let an unfettered imagination sow the seeds of possibility 
in the rich soil of your soul

Then let passion tend the garden 
with patience and perseverance. 
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"When you have a Garden, you have a Future
and when you have a Future, you are Alive."

My whole backyard is going to be a secret garden one day. 
With lights and white sheets and comfy furniture with pillows and shade and flowers and a garden...

(something along these lines, although not exactly)

Right now it's the bench that Robbie made for me for 
mother's day our second or third year of marriage. 

I sit there and watch the kids play. 
Sometimes I sit there and teach them to throw balls and frisbees. 
Or read, or pet the dog...

Where is your secret garden?

Gratitude Journal

1) Robbie. Tonight he gave a couple hours of service helping someone with their business while I painted the sign for Chasing Shelby's Snack Shack for the car show on Friday night. It was awesome watching him work, and to meet a new friend.

2) Self-esteem. It isn't easy to rebuild once it's been beaten out of you. I saw someone today and it was blatantly obvious that she had no self-esteem. It broke my heart. I am so grateful that I have worked on my self-esteem and know my worth.

3) The library. Today we learned about folk music, and I loved some of the bluesy stuff he played, and my kids just danced and danced and danced. 

4) Cereal for dinner. I didn't make dinner in the afternoon like I had thought I would, and I didn't get home in time to make finally got done around 7, which is the kids bed time. So they had cereal, and there were no complaints. 

5) Books. I read Down by the Bay to them, and asked them what they saw on the page. It was really cool to see what they knew and didn't know. Like polka dots. Jacob knew it was a whale, but didn't know that his tail was spotted with polka dots. He also didn't know moose or llama...but he knew goose and fly and bear and comb etc etc. Also kiss, he knew kiss. That started a kissing frenzy, all three munchkins were on my trying to kiss my face laughing hysterically. It was really cute, until I was covered in spit.