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