Friday, June 05, 2020

Hello, June

Thinking about the fact that it is JUNE is making my head spin.  I guess that is what happens when you mostly stay safely and boringly at home for almost three months.  Truthfully, I'm not bored.  I am purposely staying busy.  And the things that keep my brain and body busy also help me be thankful and grateful.  This week at Willow's Cottage has been quiet but productive and I'm sharing the parts that bring me joy.  Linking to Friday Fave Fives.

1.  Sunsets.  Usually, we take our main walk around the neighborhood after dinner.  That's the perfect time to view the sunset.  The sky was incredible this week, partly because there was a fire on Santa Cruz Island (one of the Channel Islands off our coast).  That's not the fave although it is now completely under control.  The fave is the effect of the smoke and clouds on the sunset.

2.  Moon.  I love the waxing and full moon and it makes me happy to watch it rise in the sky in the evenings. 

3.  Calendula Salve.  For the first time, I hitched up my big girl pants and braved making my own salve from my calendula flowers.  I have such dry skin from working in the garden that I am thankful to have a DIY option for helping heal my hands.

4.  Garden.  We had an outdoor project that needed doing, but we were concerned about the heavy work that it involved.  So we hired a high school boy from our church congregation to help us.  He worked for seven hours and took only one half-hour break for lunch!  We were very pleased and made sure he knew it and his parents knew it.  And, the edgers along our property line are in place and look great!

5.  More Garden.  I've mentioned before that I am reading Hidden Art by Edith Schaeffer with my art friends.  This week, we read and discussed the chapter titled Gardens and Gardening.  I love these two quotes:

Human beings were made to interact with growing things,
not to be born, live, and die in the midst of concrete set in the middle of polluted air!
Growing plants are supposed to be doing something to the air human beings are breathing,
and human beings are supposed to be doing something to the plants.

It seems to me the beauty which causes strangers passing by to stop
and ENJOY a garden,
provides a background and already 'says something'
which gives an emphasis to what it is important to say.

I want my garden to bring joy to me and to the people who walk or drive past my cottage.  Maybe that will remind them that this is really all God's creation.

Bonus!  More of God's creation!

King Quail watching over his kingdom

monarch butterfly


ellen b. said...

Oh to find a teen who is willing to work and works well! Good for you for making that Calendula salve! Happy June to you!

Deb said...

Lovely faves this week. I love your sunsets and I am glad the fire is under control now. I love all things garden too. So glad you found a hard-working young man to help you out. Have a good weekend. :-)

nikkipolani said...

There is certainly no lack of things to do. And being at home more only highlights them! Like you, I’m so thankful for gardens to remind me of God’s goodness and creativity and beauty. Calendula oil is amazing stuff. Your salve looks like it’ll do you good!

Faith said...

What a great pic of the butterfly!! I also took a wonderful moon pic although i didn't post it in the fff.

How wonderful to find a hard working teen!! Does he wanna fly to NY and make ME a garden??! 😜

I love those quotes!! Totally God's creation.....

Enjoymthe weekend!!

Barbara Harper said...

It does seem hard to fathom that it's June already. What pretty sunsets! And that's great to have such a good teen helper.

Gattina said...

That's nice that you had this boy to help you ! It's strange that you are full of energy because most of the people in the whole world complain about lack of energy and being tired due to the lockdown !! I really have to force myself because of the moving !

Susanne said...

Sounds like you got a winner in that young man you hired! Wonderful that the job got accomplished. I love those quotes especially the first one, though I must admit that I do like the original planting of the plants and watering and watching them grow, but I am not one that likes the weeding and maintaining especially once the wasps start coming out. You made your own salve from your own me super impressed!!

Anonymous said...

Your walks are a lovely and consistent thread that runs through your blog posts. I always enjoy the photos from them. Mary


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