Finding Balance

My husband commented yesterday about how the weekends seem to fly by, but the work week always drags on forever. I suspect this feeling becomes more pronounced as one nears retirement.

Our weekends have been full of yard and garden work, and major home renovations. Some pesky deer are devouring our flowers and vegetable plants right down to the ground, and Neil is trying to create a barrier to keep them out. He removed the wire fence from our yard’s perimeter, and is going to attach it directly to the garden frames.

Reno Update

Most nights have been spent working on our flooring project. I realized today that I haven’t given an update on that project since March. Just to recap, we decided to replace our dingy 21-year old carpet with engineered hardwood. We have nearly completed the hallway, plus two bedrooms. There are still three rooms to go. Here’s a quick view of our progress. Not bad for a DIY project!

Soaring to New Heights

And what is life without a little relaxation? Yesterday we drove out to Front Royal, VA so that Neil could finally redeem his glider ride gift certificate, received two birthdays ago! Between our busy schedules and the rainy weekend weather, the timing never seemed right. But yesterday everything came together!

It was a beautiful day for soaring and Neil had a great time. Joe, his pilot, caught some decent thermals along the Blue Ridge, and their ride lasted a full 51 minutes! The only down side was the heat, and there is no AC in the glider. Still, it was an enjoyable ride, and after his flight we took some time to explore the area.

We drove up along the ridge overlooking the Shenandoah River and took a couple photos.

We can all agree that life is more enjoyable when we strike a healthy balance of work and leisure. Finding that balance can be challenging though, and some  days feel lopsided with the extra weight of work and family responsibilities.

It’s important to take the time that is needed to refresh and recharge to create that important balance. Sometimes just stepping away for a few hours can make a huge difference.

God has provided us with an amazing world to explore. Get outside and be a part of it!

Welcome Summer!

This weekend marks the unofficial start of summer. And like previous years, the weather in Northern Virginia has gone from chilly and rainy to hot and humid overnight. Pop-up afternoon thunderstorms are common and everyone is complaining about ants overtaking their homes. They are everywhere!

We kicked off the weekend by hosting a birthday party for our daughter and 25 of her closest friends. We’ll be eating potato salad, corn on the cob and watermelon for days! She has an amazing group of friends from her church, and they all had a great time eating, laughing and playing card games until midnight.

Garden Update

Today’s walk around the garden was fruitful, to say the least! The pea vines and pepper plants are covered with blossoms, and we already have tomatoes and squash on the vines. I picked two cucumbers and a bunch of radishes this afternoon. We’ll be harvesting beans and lettuce soon too.

But keeping your garden healthy is a season-long battle. We are already seeing signs of blight on our tomato and cucumber leaves. And it appears that have some hungry slugs munching on the radishes. Hopefully we caught both issues early on. We’ve learned that you always have to stay one step ahead of these gardening challenges or you may lose your precious produce!

You’ll notice that I labeled one photo “Mystery Tomato”. We are not exactly certain what variety it might be because it was a volunteer that came up towards the end of winter in a potted houseplant! We transplanted it into its own pot indoors, and it was the first tomato to go into the ground in the spring.

This week we said farewell to our beautiful peonies and we are picking the last of the spinach as it is beginning to bolt. But we have lilies ready to bloom, and my favorite Mexican Sunflowers are growing rapidly. Thankfully, there is always something ready to replace the plants that are dying off. It’s the horticultural circle of life.

We love having our vegetable and flower gardens. Nothing beats that freshness, when you walk outside and pick your own food, and then serve it the same day. That is farm-to-table at its finest!

 

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Remember . . . Freedom is Never Free

On this Memorial Day weekend, I am feeling so very blessed for my home and family, and am humbled by the sacrifices that many brave men and women made to preserve my cherished freedoms. May we always remember the price they paid, and never take those freedoms for granted.