Friday, May 21, 2010

Finally. . . .


What a week! And what did I offer to do tonight? Let my daughter have a sleepover with two of her friends. They're still giggling and "trying to go to sleep" at 11:20PM. I guess I didn't help by giving them Rice Krispies Treats at 10:45. Still, what are sleepovers for? Not for sleeping, that's for sure!

I got to go to two of my favorite places today. Well, no, actually THREE. I went to The Clay Ground in Vestal, NY, to get some more pottery to work on this week - a half dozen serving pieces (plates, bowls, small fancy dishes, and a mug), and some glaze.

I also went to my favorite spring garden center, Nanticoke Gardens in Endicott, NY. I bought an assortment of my favorite annuals (vanilla-scented white heliotrope [pic above], fuchsia 'Gartenmeister Bonstedt,' assorted coleus, mini-flowered petunias, tall white snapdragons), a couple eggplants (I've been wanting to try to grow those for YEARS), and a couple perennials (shasta daisy 'Becky,' and daylily 'Night Beacon'). They didn't have my favorite tomato this year ('Husky Gold'), but that's okay. I'll scare up seed for it for next year. I have a bunch of winter sown 'San Marzano,' 'Yellow Perfection,' and 'Kellogg's Breakfast' tomato seedlings to plant this year, so I won't be lacking.

But, my favorite place to go was my friend Becky's house. I miss her SO MUCH!! We spent a while there, wandering around her yard talking homeschooling, family, and gardening, playing with her baby goats, while the kids played on the trampoline. Then she came with me to Nanticoke Gardens! Shopping with one of my dearest friends at my favorite garden place was just WONDERFUL.

So, at the end of a very long, very frustrating week, I'm grateful for my many, many blessings, and I hope I can learn to show more patience and grace through those things that challenge me.