Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself;
I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today.
I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet.
I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.
~Groucho Marx

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Garden Project

Fence among the buttercups
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60 degrees when I walked this morning and it was cloudy.  Walked down the main road toward HT but only went about a third of the way before turning around and heading back to town.  Ken passed me in the truck going to HT to pick up some things we needed for a project we worked on today - a little more about the project later.

Once I got back to town I walked up and down most of the streets in town.  Over by the post office I came across an artist starting to paint a picture.  Of course I stopped to talk to her for a while.  Her name is Kathie and she is from Tennessee.  She gave me her card and I went to her website and wow she has painted some fantastic pictures.  You can read about her HERE.
After talking to Kathie I headed back home.
I walked 6.2 miles.
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Right after breakfast we left to get started on our project for the day.  We didn't waste any time getting to work on the Garden Project by the radio station building at church.  The before pictures are on yesterdays post.

We first cut down to a stub a huge type of yew shrub and got all the weeds out.  Here I am in the process of weeding.
Weeds are gone here and some plants set out waiting to be planted.
We ended there and had a lunch break.  We went to Happy Trails to pick up some stones to make a little path,  a little bench made out of cement which we made years ago.  Ken's dad used to make them out of left over cement from projects and called them Italian Benches.  We started doing the same thing. : ) 

Also stopped at the house to pick up a bird bath and dig up two rose bushes and two ornamental grasses to transplant in the church garden.  Then back to church to work on the garden again.  We worked a couple more hours on it.  After we got done planting, a thunder storm came along to water it all for us.  Here I am looking over our handiwork.
This is the almost finished project.
The only thing left to do is give the fence a fresh coat of paint and put down wood chips which we are going to make with our chipper up at HT.  When that is done and the plants grow I'll take another picture for the Final After picture. We were really surprised that we got all this done in one day.  We are tired but feel good.

Hope your day was a happy one.
happyone  :  )
In the spring, at the end of the day,
you should smell like dirt.
~ Margaret Atwood
Three Happy Things
  1. Meeting Kathie
  2. Making the garden
  3. The rain watering the garden

12 comments:

  1. Your church garden is looking great. You and Ken did a lot of work in one day. It's nice that the rain did the watering for you.

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  2. Wow! That is impressive. It looks like a little prayer garden. Off to check on Kathie.

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  3. Karen,
    If I haven't told you lately, I really admire the cheerful way you face whatever the day brings. Sometimes I grumble and complain about the silliest things. I like your attitude.
    Pastor chose the right people for the job. What a pretty and peaceful garden you and Ken have created.
    I always enjoy hearing about the people and animals you encounter while out walking. How nice that you took the time to meet Kathie. I am now off to visit her site.

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  4. Awesome work on the church garden! I really like the bench too!

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  5. What a wonderfully productive day! I love that picture with the buttercups and the fence!

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  6. Beautiful garden, and Kathie's paintings are lovely!

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  7. You two are a couple of human dynamos! :D The garden looks great, and I like the little "Italian bench."

    ~Lindy

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  8. I'm with Lindy, a couple of human dynamos! How wonderful that you made such a beautiful garden for the church. Mary Jo

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  9. This artist's work is wonderful. You should consider having a commissioned piece done ... Either your house or happy trails! Something like that would be lovely in your home.

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  10. You sure DID get a lot accomplished!! It looks GREAT!

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  11. Looks great!

    Love your quote. It's nice to have warmer weather, and have opportunities to dig in the dirt, and do some gardening :)

    Smiles :)

    K.

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  12. Nice project! lot's of hard work but clearly satisfying.

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