How much can I write with 500 words? I haven’t been blogging lately and I have been blaming anything and everything for my apparent loss of creativity. What it really boils down to is that I am out of practice and need to blog more. Shit – I can blog about anything as long as my mind is working properly. So – I am making a commitment to blog at least 500 words every day for the next 104 days. Why 104 days? Well, I turn 40 in 104 days.
Holy shit! I turn 40 in 104 days. Where has this year gone? It has crept along steadily with me just riding the tide. I still haven’t found my way out of the water but at least every time a rip current comes to suck me down and out to sea, I am able to escape it.
We attempted a huge painting project over the weekend. After a late start on Saturday, we made great progress and almost completed our task. This whole project was a ripple effect from putting installing wood floors in our living room. Yep, we decided to paint the walls to give the room an entirely new look. I have to say, I am 100% please with the outcome. I will wrap up the painting tonight, put everything away, and sleep well. Here are some photos of our huge undertaking.
|Heather using the Extended Roller|
|Homemade stabilizer for the 24' ladder|
|Looking down the roller extension|
|Looking up the roller extension|
I haven’t seen a wild snake in a while. This is not okay but for some reason, I am just not getting outside to find one anymore. Today may be a good day to get out for a quick run to see what I can find at lunch.
I have been spending a lot of time in my gardens though. We have a pretty well established wildflower garden which is just incredible this time of year. It is full of vibrant colors and alive with insects. I love watching the bees and butterflies visit flowers but if you look closely, it is the other insects that dominant the garden. There are tons of them – thousands really. Most of them are too tiny to photograph but maybe I can find some time to get out my dslr camera and take macro photographs.
|Love the colors of the wildflower garden|
|View from above|
My goal this year was to expand and enhance a small area in the middle of the yard to create a more diverse and wild prairie situation. It is coming along nicely and I even found a new species of wildflower growing in it yesterday. So far, the “prairie” patch has been dominated by 2 plant species but yesterday I counted at least 6 different species of flowers. The big surprise was finding lavender growing in the mix of clover and yarrow. I am so pumped. Lavender is an amazing plant that grows large and robust, smells incredible, and is a perennial so I know it will be there year after year. I am adding a few plants to this garden this year that will hopefully make it a highlight of the backyard next summer. I cannot wait.
So, there it is. 500 words or more. Day 1 of 104 complete. See you tomorrow. J