Some days are hard. And weeks and sometimes even months. For me, the past couple of months have brought some sadness and hardship. One of my grandmothers passed away on Labor Day and this week we say goodbye to my husband’s grandmother. Between there I’d had a kidney stone, had to put down one of our dogs and had a friend lose her baby.
What I’m Learning this Week
In all of this, I know that God is in control and I’m thankful I can rest in that. I’m also reminded that when one life passes, whether it be a loved one, a pet, or a plant, new life always replaces it. (Three friends have had babies in the last couple of weeks!!)
I think this is one of the reasons I love gardening so much. There is always life in the garden. There’s death too, but it’s silent and natural and sometimes breathtaking. And the new life is always bright and in-your-face beautiful.
Two weeks ago I planted our fall garden. By last weekend I had a few sprouts. Now I have bright green rows of new life springing from the soil and it’s making me smile. Even the volunteer black eyed peas that are towering over my green beans and peas bring me joy.
“If you wish to make anything grow, you must understand it, and understand it in a very real sense. ‘Green fingers’ are a fact, and a mystery only to the unpracticed. But green fingers are the extensions of a verdant heart.”
― Russell Page, The Education Of A Gardener
Where I Am This Weekend
I’m away this weekend. Way north in North Dakota for a funeral. I have a local teen watering my garden and taking care of our furball. I just know that when I get home the weeds and plants will have doubled in size and I’ll be amazed all over again at how quickly new life replaces that which we’ve lost.
What I put Up this Week
Jalapenos. Lots of them. I’m just cutting them in half lengthwise, deseeding them and putting them in a freezer bag. I know that later this winter I’ll be able to pull them out and pop them in the blender when I make homemade salsa and that makes me happy. :)
What are you working on this weekend?
Tell me about your garden!