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Heaven on Earth

The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth.
One is nearer to God in a garden
Than any place else on earth.

Dorothy Francis Gurney

The above is an exert from a poem by Dorothy Francis Gurney; I used to have a wooden plaque hanging in my garden with that verse on it.

Through the worst times of my life I have found comfort in my garden. When JC and I were at the resort I spent hours tending my garden, crying, praying for answers, praying for strength, praying for my son and my brother, praying to be given one more chance to save my boy, praying for serenity, and sometimes cursing God for giving me too much to handle.

I always came away from my garden feeling calmer, stronger; it was my refuge. It has been for most of my life. When I lived at the lake before I even met JC I would be out there with a flashlight and a glass of wine tending my garden. It seemed the harder the time I was going through the more beautiful my gardens were. Every year I dug up more sod for more flowers. The little English lady that lived across the street and could barely walk made her way across the road slowly with her walker and came up to where I was pulling weeds and she said, ” I want to thank you for your lovely gardens. I look out my window and your gardens take me back to my childhood and the lovely English gardens. You have a loving touch; I’ve watched you. I just wanted you to know you have given this old lady much pleasure with your gardens.” and she shuffled back to her house. I’ll never forget it and of course I cried.

When we were at the resort I couldn’t afford plants but all the neighbour brought over plants and bulbs as they thinned out their gardens, one brought over a filing box with tons of different seeds for me to pick from. It was a tough year emotionally, like I said, I did alot of praying. It was the most beautiful garden I’ve ever had.

Gardening is so community minded, it brings people together, gives them something to talk about. A person can be talking by and feel free to say, “Your garden is lovely”. Or gardeners are always so willing to share plants, advice, and ask questions. Somehow a garden removes fences, class distinction, age, and even gender, gardeners are all on the same team.

I missed my gardens this year, I planted gardens last year and got compliments but I didn’t take the time to enjoy them because I was on borrowed time there and was trying to work as much as possible. This year I did plant some, but lack of water took its toll.

I pray that someday I have a tiny place, nothing fancy, I’m easy to please. 400 sq ft would do me just fine, with a fireplace (there is nothing like coming home from a long walk on a brisk fall day and the house is toasty warm from a crackling fire) There are few things more rewarding than getting up in the morning to a cold house and finding a few red embers still in the wood stove because all that’s necessary is to pull ghetto damper and throw on a few dry pieces of wood and in minutes the house is warm again.
I want a kitchen big enough that I can cook a pot of soup or chilli or maybe a pot roast and have a few friends over to share my fire and a bottle of wine.  lots of windows to let the sun shine in and hang crystals in. And a covered porch to hang wind chimes and a wooden rocking chair so I can sit out there even when it rains. One wall of book shelves for all those books I keep moving with me and some day want to read, but they look good until then. 🙂 I love books.

A place I can paint. A freezer I can fill with baking at Christmas and maybe even some cabbage rolls and tourtierre. A bath tub I can fill with bubble bath and keep adding hot water to until I am pink and wrinkly.

And a tiny yard trimmed with gardens.

And never have to move; just grow old there, Grandma’s house. Where my son and grand daughter can come to visit and know there are cookies in the cookie jar and my son will go to the freezer and grab some frozen cookies and I can give him shit for eating them before Christmas.

That is what I pray for. Not much, nothing fancy; not a knight in shining armor to save me, no trips around the world. Just a little bit of heaven on earth. The sun for pardon, the bbirds song for mirth.

What for you pray for?

Stuff I Got For Free Lately

This is a bike rack off of a city bus, it needs a clip replaced but it should be an easy fix

This is a bike rack off of a city bus, it needs a clip replaced but it should be an easy fix

these guitars were made in the 70's by the same company that made Guild and Martin guitars.

these guitars were made in the 70’s by the same company that made Guild and Martin guitars.

They were sued & had to stop production. I have no idea the value, they say if u have 1 to keep it.

They were sued & had to stop production. I have no idea the value, they say if u have 1 to keep it.

priced at $99.99 at Home Depot

priced at $99.99 at Home Depot

It needed a power plug and works great and has a setting so it flashes

It needed a power plug and works great and has a setting so it flashes

good for a home shop for air tools value maybe $40

good for a home shop for air tools value maybe $40

New step ladders just missing rubber end on one leg

New step ladders just missing rubber end on one leg

They would be for a lady or young person; clubs are used the bag is new

They would be for a lady or young person; clubs are used the bag is new

A leaf bowl valued at $35, needed the edge glued in one spot

A leaf bowl valued at $35, needed the edge glued in one spot

pick it up during spring clean up, needed on screw.

pick it up during spring clean up, needed on screw.

picked up during spring clean up, I just touched up the black paint in a few spots

picked up during spring clean up, I just touched up the black paint in a few spots

I can't figure out what is wrong with it, it doesn't even look like it's been used

I can’t figure out what is wrong with it, it doesn’t even look like it’s been used

I am keeping the vacuumn

I am keeping the vacuumn

Hamilton Beach electric grill

Hamilton Beach electric grill

I have been using this none stop, take the pot off and there is a griddle under it for pancakes etc.

I have been using this none stop, take the pot off and there is a griddle under it for pancakes etc.

I have kept the best ones, some really expensive european makes.

I have kept the best ones, some really expensive european makes.

I've been wanting a wardrobe from Ikea for a couple of years. now to get a place to put it in.

I’ve been wanting a wardrobe from Ikea for a couple of years. now to get a place to put it in.

i just cleaned it up and its a cute little country bird feeder

i just cleaned it up and its a cute little country bird feeder

I got 3 of them

I got 3 of them

I cleaned them up, gave them a shot of black paint and they look great. x3

I cleaned them up, gave them a shot of black paint and they look great. x3

I got the two wood bins from the Pier 1 dumpster i love them

I got the two wood bins from the Pier 1 dumpster i love them

I got this one out of the Bombay dumpster, it needed a little stain in a few spots

I got this one out of the Bombay dumpster, it needed a little stain in a few spots

this is going to my grand daughter, i am jut going to change the material

this is going to my grand daughter, i am jut going to change the material

I have to clean it up yet but i think it's pretty cool

I have to clean it up yet but i think it’s pretty cool

I don’t spend a lot of time looking for stuff, maybe one or twice a month I’ll hit my favorite dumpsters on the way home. I almost always get something from Home Sense, Bombay or Pier 1 Imports.

They need a little fixing but usually not much and then I can sell them at the flea market or keep it if I can’t bring myself to part with it.

Spring clean-up is always lots of fun and a real treasure hunt; I haven’t shown you near all the stuff I got this year. I focused on camping supplies this year in hopes of selling it at the flea market.

I love the adventure of never knowing what you’ll find, being able to fix it and make it useful is rewarding and hey! It keeps it out of the landfills.

I really get a sense of accomplishment salvaging “garbage”. I am continually amazed at what people throw away.

Posted by Carrie the Lady Witha Truck