Finding Nature…..in a Garden

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I know it sounds odd but I like getting dirty….the kind in the garden that is. There is just something so soothing about digging in the dirt and seeing things grow. I love smelling my hands after touching tomato plants and the smell of the soil after it rains! I feel calm in the garden; maybe not when I first get there but certainly after being there for a few minutes.  Nature does not rush, all things happen on their own timeline…a tomato is ripe when it is done growing, not before.  When I am in the garden I can listen to my wind chimes sing their song, feel the breeze blowing my hair and just be calm, allowing myself to become part of the rhythm of the world around me.

Are you feeling a bit out of sync with your world? Slow down a bit and play in the dirt–even a patio garden will do the trick. You can’t really rush Nature, she has her own time table and you will learn to slow down and wait for things to happen. While you are waiting, enjoy the world around you; its right there waiting for you to notice it.

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Marriage …is the hardest job I’ve ever had!

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It always amazes me–I’ve been married more than half of my adult life!  Sometimes I wonder how we survived that long; so many of our friends that married around the same time are no longer together. What made ours one that worked out?

Our relationship has been far from perfect and has hit a few speed bumps but its grown into something strong. We definitely don’t share all the same thoughts, beliefs or even music preferences, but that is okay too. I think its because we grown as people, maintaining our individuality while growing together as a couple.

There have been days between our two jobs (a cop and a nurse, yes cliche but true story) that you just need a bit of separation to decompress, but between jobs and family it may not always work out that way. He is also from a military background serving in the Marines both active duty and reserves so he is not a big talker but is fiercely patriotic and often sentimental over things I don’t quite get. But what I do get is just how important family is to him.

I think what has made our relationship become stronger over the years has been our focus on family. We rarely used childcare, except when both of us worked a night shift so there was always one of us around for our daughters. We rarely go out to do something, whether it is to shop, eat or go to the movies without one or both kids, even now. Its not that we can’t; its just that has been such a focal point that its just normal.

 

Maybe its that we have learned patience and tolerance. Its not easy to keep my comments and critique to myself when he drives me nuts…but you know, I’m sure it goes both ways. We both have our little foibles and traits that make us who we are. Do I try to work on the things that make him frustrated?–yes, when I can as long as it doesn’t make me act unlike myself.  Most of the time I’ve found that as long as I approach my ‘critique’ in a way that is not threatening or crabby he will do the same for me.

We have so much to be thankful for as well. And I am not talking material things only.  We do love each other in the truest sense of the word–accepting that person through good and bad times, bills, illness or really important moments. Accepting someone on their core level is a really hard thing-one which we constantly work on since we are also evolving daily with new challenges in jobs and our children growing up.

So–Happy Anniversary to my husband of 24 years–better or worse, there is no place I would rather be or no one I’d rather be here with! Looking forward to another 24 or more!

Really? I have to explain the concept of a dishwasher?

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I know I can’t be the only one!!

Do you have to explain to the other people you live with the purpose of a dishwasher?

I have this cartoon hanging on the wall above my counter that houses the dishwasher….and for whatever reason the dishes rarely make it INSIDE the dishwasher!! They are brought to the counter, put in the sink, left on the table or…heaven only knows why they would still be on the table next to the couch!!

Just as much as the fight to get the dishes inside the dishwasher, I also have to pester, badger and remind the “other people” in my house that they can actually be put away and you don’t have to use them directly from the dishwasher.

OK, so I am exaggerating just a bit but you get the idea. As much as it is a time saver it really isn’t a Mom energy saver. There are days that I give in and just put the stuff into and out of the dishwasher but that is only for my own sanity.

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