My daughter Shauna and I were having a conversation about yoga last night which reminded me of Tao – the 96 year old that does yoga and has started ballroom dancing, so I showed her the video on Youtube, which brought tears to her eyes because Tao has such a beautiful spirit and is living life to the fullest. We are both inspired to live like her – with joy, positivity and following our passions for a life well-lived.
Before this, we had spent a couple hours preparing a garden bed for planting. She brought her bunny Thumper over, who is usually an indoor bunny. He was digging in the dirt, exploring as far as he could go on his leash and just having a good time.
Being outside was good for all of us. It was a beautiful sunny Spring day here in the Pacific Northwest on St. Patrick’s day. I used to be an avid gardener but for the past 10 years I’ve been so busy trying to make a living that I haven’t done a lot of gardening. This year, Shauna wants to grow things so on top of the joy of gardening, I get to spend time with her. She lives in an apartment, so is coming over here to garden with me in my yard. What a nice push to find time to do it.
The smell of the soil, seeing the happy bunny, good conversation, dreams of sipping lemonade in a yard brimming with beautiful growing things, family time, garden plans. It made for a really great day.
I’ll be blogging about our experiences and how the garden is coming along. So far, we have about a 5′ x 5′ area weeded and ready for planting and a compost pile started from all the weeds we pulled. Shauna and I used to garden together when she was a little girl; she is now 27. I’m very excited to see what we create together. She brought over a bunch of seed packets since she found a sale at Walmart for .20 cent per packet. Most are flowers – some mixes for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds, but there’s also cucumber, cantaloupe, spinach and a few other edibles. I have a couple of sage plants given to me by a friend.
Back when I spent a lot of time gardening, I grew pretty much everything – herbs, fruit, vegetables and flowers. I dried herbs for teas, froze excess vegetables, always had a vase of fresh flowers in the house, made things like lemon balm bread, studied herbs and their remedies, did companion planting, had a huge collection of bearded iris, collected seeds and sold them online, wrote about gardening, made compost, the list goes on. Back then I was following my passions and my goal is to get back to that.
Both Shauna and I are in the process of positive change and we are both heading towards a more wholesome way of living. How lucky we are to have each other and to inspire each other along the way.
Are you gardening this year? If so, what are you growing? What inspires you? Would love to hear any and all of your comments! Thank-you for reading!