|Muffy, our Cardigan Welsh Corgi, aka Muff, The Muffster, Miss Muffy, and Muffalump|
Speaking of working in the yard: that is what Don and I did all day yesterday and part of today. Yesterday we cleaned and pressure washed the deck and deck furniture, planted a few plants and cleaned up a few flower beds. Today we patched the dead spots in the lawn (compliments of Muffy) and we'll keep our fingers crossed that the new grass will grow by June 15th, the date of Carly's graduation party.
Kim: Last week I wrote about attending the memorial service for a friend, Kim, who died from cancer. At the service, the family handed out a CD of the blog entries Kim had written after she learned of her diagnosis until just one day before she died. I read or perused all 429 pages of these entries and was really touched by her spirit even in the face of terrible pain and almost constant medical treatments for the last few years of her life. Her Christian faith truly sustained her and she viewed her blog as a platform to testify to God's love. It was very inspiring. She also used it as a way of communicating to her friends how they could help her, or others in distress, and I found her suggestions practical and humbling. Here are a few of her suggestions: hug and kiss on the cheek-touch is so important; drop by for a short time-read a funny passage from a book, knit together, bring special chocolate; cards and emails- Kim loved for people to share pictures of them doing something silly like blowing bubbles; practical things like cleaning out the refrigerator or weeding a flower bed; coffee dates. I was so glad to see her list since I never know what to do, how to help.
Worm bed: As we amend our flower beds we always use at least a shovelful of compost from our worm bed. We've dedicated a small bed of dirt to our worms and let them take care of composting the dog poo, our coffee dregs, old paper-towels, and fruit and vegetable scraps. In the fall I'll mix in dead leaves and flowers. It is amazing how quickly the worms turn our garbage into rich compost...and it doesn't stink. I highly recommend that your create a worm bed in your yard, too. Investigate in your area to find out who supplies redworms, those are the guys you want. Take a look at this little information piece on redworm composting. When I decided to start, we ordered my first batch of redworms and they arrived in the mail. They are very prolific and we have plenty now!
Musical Interlude: Don't Give Up by Josh Groban. This is such an important message for those who are struggling with depressed feelings today.
Health tip of the week: make as much of your food from scratch as you can. Even if it doesn't have healthy ingredients at least you will know the ingredients. (I made a chocolate birthday cake for my daughter last week and my husband wanted to know if it was healthy. I said I doubted it but at least we knew what all the ingredients were and I used a healthy oil-macadamia nut oil.)
Copper River Salmon: speaking of food, Don and I splurged today and bought a Copper River Salmon filet for dinner tonight. It is the best fish in the world, not your ordinary old salmon, but quite pricey. It was delicious-worth every penny. For dessert we grilled fresh pineapple dusted with fresh ground pepper-that is also a yummy treat. (Sorry girls, your parents indulged without you!)
Book read this week:
- Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor...weighing in at over 600 pages this was like reading two books, but worth the effort.
- The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman, a book club selection. I am reading it even though I won't be able to attend the meeting.
- The Storied Life of A.J.Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. A delightful tale about a bookstore owner and his bookish moments.
- Noggin by John Corey Whaley. You can tell when I am not really INTO a book when it takes me over five weeks to make any progress at all. Sigh.
Quotes for this week from the late Maya Angelou:
“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”
“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.”
“Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.”
Sorry I posted so late today. I was busy with church, shopping, gardening, walking the dog. Finally after dinner I found a moment to blog. Have a wonderful week.