“ Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it.”
One of my cousins emailed me a awhile back wanting to know if we were all okay. She had just watched the news that night and had heard that Arizona was the worse in the world with the virus numbers per capita. She lives all the way over in Oklahoma and she heard this. Well, when I read that I was in shock…
What?… I emailed back. I explained that “No I didn’t know that, that is crazy.” Guess I have been so busy out in the garden, I shut the world down in a way.
I also reminded her that I stopped watching the local news about a year ago. I know what some of you may be thinking, like did I really? Well I really did…really.
Then a friend of ours here in the city emailed me about a mass shooting on Sunday here in Phoenix, twelve people were shot. There were two areas and one she wrote “Was too close to where you live.” and again I was like…”What? I didn’t know that.” I have been writing that statement a lot this month it seems.
Just sick of it all, the lies, the twisted way 21st century journalists report in our country, the obvious manipulations that promote hate and fear…I just shut it all off. Sometimes I get clips here and there on YouTube. But even when that happens, I question the motives behind what’s being said anytime I fall for their click bait. Everything I watch, everything I see on any screen, anytime someone passes something onto me that they heard…I always question and usually end up not believing anymore. That is sadly what 2020 did to me. Now we are all just trying to heal in this year of 2021 and the only way to do this I have discovered is to turn all those “Getting into our heads” distractions…OFF! Just turn them off. I was never a big fan of the roller coasters anyway. Just like that scene in Parenthood (when they made good movies) and the grandma talks about how some people like the roller coasters of life…well, I don’t.
I want to be like that family that was on some island somewhere before the pandemic happened and when they came into a port after being away for awhile they saw everyone walking around wearing masks wondering “What the heck happened?.”
Anyway, I been spending most of my time in the dirt, watching and feeding wild birds and creating art outside. Much better then watching the chaos and sadness being reported from the news.
This month I went shopping for some flowers.
Then came home and started planting them everywhere.
I didn’t get to plant pretty flowers last year because that is when the pandemic first started, but this year I decided no matter what, I was going to plant flowers for 2021.
The dollar store in our area got in some new plants. Herbs and succulents. I bought about $10 worth. At the garden shop these same plants were almost $4 each. I grabbed a bunch since they were only .99 cents.
I planted them in some of my thrift store pots.
I decided to turn my garden tray into an herb garden.
I also spent a lot of time doing some after Christmas cleaning and took rugs out to wash and clean. Lots of detail cleaning and organizing in the month of January.
Planted some strawberries.
Just love the little white and yellow flowers from strawberries.
Everyone in our house loves strawberries. I really hope I get some.
That is what I bought with Christmas money I received this year, flowers and strawberries.
Remember the book shelf I decorated with my bottle top trees for Christmas. For January I decided to do a plant display. It was so empty after removing all the pretty holiday decor. It needed some life.
We put a grow light behind it because it doesn’t get enough light there.
I also had to transplant a lot of plants to larger pots since the roots overtook their old homes.
Finally got around to planting my tiny live Christmas tree too.
Lets see, what else…Oh yeah, my husband got this cool green house for $1 at the Amazon auction. When no one else bids sometimes you can get screaming deals. The auction is set up differently now. Before the virus you had to go inside to pick up orders, sometimes waiting in very long lines. Now it is curb side service only. The green house is on the other side of our yard and it needs a make over. I want to paint the block walls a soft green color, for now they are dark.
My husband and son put together some bee hives so hopefully we will have some bees in a couple months. We are waiting for our shipment.
I bought a bunch of lavender to plant for the bees when we get them and my husband ordered tons of flowers seeds to plant as well.
The chickens are wandering around the garden checking things out. It is such a mess in the garden right now. So much work to do. My husband and son are rebuilding a chicken coop area so everything needs to be moved, and rearranged. Chickens take work and they are messy little creatures too, but we still love their personalities and eggs of course.
Everything here in our desert garden is usually in pots. In drier climates it is better to do pot gardens here and there because of water. Just have to make sure they never get too dry because baked roots will kill the plants. Even though our temps get warm they also can get down to freezing in the winter months. Arizona is a hard state to understand when it comes to gardening. Best to stick with what the locals did many, many , many years ago. Corn, peppers, and edible cacti.
I redid my aloe garden area. My son and daughter made this little garden area for me a couple years ago for Mother’s Day.
It needed a make over. I still have some areas to refill but rain came the next day so I took a day off.
The next day there were cool breezes and beautiful clouds out everywhere.
It was such a beautiful day I ended up spending hours outside replanting, trimming trees, and taking apart our bakers rack for my husband and son to repair. No sirens, no fire works, no gun shots, just peace. Phoenix didn’t always used to be this bad. Things started getting bad in the last year. There were always pockets of bad areas here in our city but since everyone started moving here from other places we are becoming more and more like a different state, one I don’t recognize anymore. Also new politicians to go with new people moving in does change things up some. I will keep praying for peace for not only my area but the whole world. This day though, out in my garden, was quiet and peaceful.Almost felt like our old neighborhood I remember when we moved here 20 years ago.
Then there is this. A pot full of broken tiles.
And this old table stand. I have a plan, lets see what I come up with using both these items.
That’s it for this month. Happy gardening everyone.
Oh, and if my cousin from Oklahoma is reading this I will be writing a hand letter soon. Going old school now. Thanks for thinking of us and stay safe over there…be on the look out for that letter. If things keep going the way they are here in my city, be on the look out for me…might just show up as well one day.