Gratitude, Gardens and Good Visit

Just a quick post after the most recent intense ones… . Thank you to everyone who replied to yesterday’s post either in the comments or in personal emails. I am blessed to have so many awake, aware and compassionate blog readers. So many people have been feeling the gathering storm of energies and feeling alone. It seems many have found strength in the reminder that we are never alone, even when we feel isolated or left behind. These moments of connection — whether virtual or in person — moments when we offer a kind word to each other, a hand on the back, or just a nod of “I hear you, and I get it” allow those of us who support so many others to receive some of that encouragement in return. We all need it sometimes, and it seems the past week’s energies hit especially hard for people who usually manage to stay up no matter what.

So thank you. Thank you for the loving energy, words and support to me and to each other. That’s how we make the best of any of these situations, whatever they may bring.

On Sunday afternoon, David and I had a lovely visit from Ann Kreilkamp of Exopermaculture — merging online and in person friendships. Ann and I have followed each others blogs for years and have corresponded privately for some of that time, especially since we now live only three hours apart. Despite that short distance, a visit had never quite worked out until this Sunday, when Ann drove nearly past Goshen on her way home from an Upper Peninsula Michigan retreat.

Quite fittingly, David finished assembling our Garden Tower right before Ann arrived. It has been sitting on our porch for months, ignored by both of us, but it felt perfect to put it together when its maker’s mom was about to visit!

recently assembled Garden Tower

As I explained yesterday, our yard had been tormenting me this week with dandelion puff balls everywhere, a frost while I was of town and unable to cover tender plants, neglectful faeries, and all manner of squirrel mischief. I spent the day planting until right before I received Ann’s call that she was in Goshen, so I had begun feeling a bit better about the errant gardens. Ann, who has her permaculture design certificate, also offers a lifetime of wonderful crone wisdom, and she helped return my appreciation for how much we already do have going on in this very much work in progress place. Instead of hodge podge and incomplete, Ann saw what I usually see: possibilities, delightful surprises and interesting experiments. She insisted I take this photo, which gives more of the yard’s scope. Note that the true expanse is nearly double what you see here, because the yard extends behind the house and garage on the left, as well as in front and on the left side of the unpictured house:

yard at Ann's visit

While Ann and I talked permaculture and compared crops and fruit tree info, David was inside preparing a lovely first course Italian vegetable soup. He is the King of Soups. πŸ™‚ We went inside, made introductions, and then I left them chatting and drinking “The Gnome Knows” Syrah while I gathered huge amounts of fresh greens for a second course of quinoa and a whole messa greens, also known as Quinie Greenies. We finished off the meal with coconut ice cream and strawberry macaroons. I don’t remember all the things we discussed, but it felt like the three of us had already had many such conversations before and just picked up where we left off. We made indefinite but firm plans to meet again, perhaps even at a retreat halfway between Goshen and Bloomington. It’s so lovely when online friendships blossom, and I was happy to connect David and Ann, too.

Laura and Ann

David took the above photo with us standing in the circle of urbanite — so nice that Ann immediately knew and used the term for reclaimed concrete repurposed as garden stones! We sent her away with hugs and promises of future visits.

Yesterday, I began to plant the Garden Tower:

Garden tower partially planted

And today, the forget me not’s are blooming bright:

forget me not

My cosmic hissy fit at the yard, squirrels and faeries appears to have gotten someone’s attention, as we have had nary a squirrel problem in several days now, and the dandelions have calmed down to a dull roar instead of a non-stop train whistle — of which we do still have our fair share. πŸ˜‰

Anyway … the energies have shifted somewhat, not just for me, but I hear this from others, as well. Perhaps we feel Mars going direct. Perhaps we all let off a little steam from the pressure cooker. In any case, I am grateful for friends, David, and a good visit … and a very special thank you to Raven Moss, who is both an amazing gardener and a very wise shaman. Blessings!

15 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mary on May 20, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Lovely, and, I’m so glad! πŸ™‚

    In these times I keep getting reminders to look at the moment I’m in now, here and now, and most of the time, it’s really not too bad at all. I can get lost in spring time bird song and the moment seems to expand into this amazing state full of grace and beauty. I sometimes wonder if this is where we really need to be. If we all (or just a good number of us) lived in the moment, from the heart, what would happen with all that expansion? What would happen to time?

    It’s when I future project or past lament that I get into trouble. It seems like time is doing something strange again, or at least my current perception continues to be challenged with gentle reminders to make the most of what is happening around me, here and now, because that’s really all we ‘have’. It’s funny because in those moments, in the true present, is when I feel the most eternal.

    Hugs to you and thank you for all you do in the world.


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  3. Posted by Mitch Mattraw on May 20, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Loved the energy of this post, awesome to see you, David and Ann hang’n plus the yard photo might be the first one where we the whole yard, it looks fantastic! The stones rock! No pun intended.


  4. Posted by Raven on May 20, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Hahaha… the squirrel marauders must have heard you planning some dire preventive strategy and vamoosed! Thanks for the Tour d’Garden once again… and the rocks really do rock! Urbanite.. I learn something new every day.


  5. Posted by Kieron on May 20, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    I didn’t get a chance to comment earlier but the squirrel troubles made me laugh a little because I can relate. They usually bite off the tulip blooms here, too, and take 1 bite out of ripe tomatoes and then toss them aside… something in there must be tasty but they’re wasteful and ungrateful little so-and-so’s. Had some interesting synchronicities here, too, almost every day now. I’ve gifted my yard something fierce with orgonite and three totally random and positive encounters with neighbors took place over succeeding days. wow. Something’s up, for sure and certain. Oh and loads of positive feedback over my reclaimed bricks and rocks garden, in addition to the little notes of approval I told you about privately. πŸ™‚


  6. Posted by Sophia Sutton on May 21, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Hi Laura, Thank you for the wonderful post…you are truly inspiring to me. Yes, I have definitely felt some huge shifts since Mars has gone direct…having some big epiphanies regarding many areas of my life. Just feels so much lighter, even if I am still feeling very physically challenged. I got blood work done this week and an MRI of my head, neck and back this Friday. Ever since that massive headache that lasted a week and a half during the Cardinal Grand cross I have not been the same and continuing to have many debilitating symptoms, so we shall see what the MRI shows…visit with the doctor, an integrative MD, next Tuesday. I am growing a lot through this journey and experiencing growing awareness in relationship to my physical body. I am grateful! Wishing you so much love and happy gardening! Wish I could be there with you. Sophia


  7. Wishing you healing and continued awareness in relationship to your physical body. Love and blessings to you, Sophia! ~ Laura


  8. Sooo, the funny thing about the squirrels, which I was just talking about with my neighbors last night, is that they only bit off the heads of the red tulips. We had red tulips here from the people who lived here before, and so I planted more red tulips last year. The squirrels were always digging around in the mulch all winter, and now I have purple, hot pink and white tulips, in addition to the red ones. They have left the ones “they” planted completely untouched, but they’ve eaten the tops of all the red tulips up front. We also have red and orange/yellow tulips out back, and they’ve left those alone. I think the squirrels are landscaping our yard!

    So glad to hear things are going well with your neighbors, too. Last night, the woman next door alerted me she hopes I will be OK that she’ll be taking photos of the garden, because she’s been giving her ladies at work a flower by flower description of our yard. She can’t wait for the sunflowers and said that she’s already promised photos to people at work, who are eagerly awaiting her updates. Their whole family has been thanking me for planting the gardens and saying what a difference it makes.

    So glad also that people like your garden design. Not surprised, but happy for you all. πŸ™‚


  9. πŸ™‚ Yes, the squirrel marauders, indeed. I think the season has now changed from squirrels to slugs. LOL, but not kidding. Time to build a toad house!


  10. Thanks and hugs to you, too, Mary. I like your new inner “now” direction1


  11. This post truly was a pleasure… πŸ™‚ I know Ann, and have read her ever since she created it. I’ve had the pleasure of spending time with this gal, and she’s a pistol! πŸ™‚ I read her blog, and I read your blog, and I feel a little less alone in a sea of ignorance surrounding me. But the tide is turning, and I’m given hope, by the effort made by you two women to shine the light of truth on this earth. I honor you


  12. Oh, thank you so much for your comment! Yes, the tide is turning — at least in that like minded and like hearted people are beginning to connect with each other. Many blessings … Laura


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