The Accountant's Garden

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Monday, January 29, 2007

I think I need to change my blog title back to "Mr. Slinky's Garden Blog" as I am no longer a vegetarian.

We went on a vacation up to the Sierra foothills and a friend shared his steak with me. There was no going back from there! And it's been a whole new world of cooking around here the past week and a half.

I haven't posted recently because we've been terribly busy, but not with gardening. The garden is ramping up for spring, with bulbs starting to peep through the plethora of poppy, daisy and alyssum sprouts. I still have a few zinnias happily blooming at the back of the yard, as well as, yes, lots of alyssum. I can hardly wait for my bulbs to start blooming, plus I have a few summer bulbs to plant - cannas, dahlias, and glads.

The girls and I are working on returning to a nap schedule. Elizabeth used to have the most wonderful, regular schedule, but I must admit, I've been really lax with Helen's routine. So, now we start. They are both growing in leaps and bounds; Elizabeth has gotten a few inches taller (can hold my hand without me slouching over) and Helen has gained a few more pounds (maybe the weight is just pulling me closer to Elizabeth :)

I need to post to their blogs...unfortunately, the only photos I have are from a friend while I visited last week. Oh well, I'll be a bit better about those photos this week, as we travel to see Grandma and family in the Fresno area.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

A Thousand Pieces of Joy:

I have rediscovered the joy of putting together jigsaw puzzles. It's a good way to find some quiet time for myself, especially as it's been too wet or too cold to go out and garden. I did get out once this week, for 45 minutes, just to pull weeds, admire the yellow zinnias that are still blooming at the far end of the garden, and to peer around in anticipation of all the bulbs that I can see pushing up through the ground.

Monday, January 01, 2007

This post, lilke many things in my life, is a day later than I had planned. It's been a year of adjusting; to new children, to new activities, and to a much different lifestyle. I've put my career on hold, to stay home with our wonderful children and our beautiful house.

As we start 2007, I am filled with overwhelming gratitude. So many blessings have been granted and small miracles have been witnessed. I watch with glee the wonder of Christmas reflected in my daughter’s eyes, and look forward to their realization of the deeper meaning of the holiday.

As I read the Christmas story to the girls last week, I started to tear up, wondering how tired and exhausted Mary must have been and how she must have been filled with awe to hold that little baby – the Christ child – in her arms. I remembered the precious few minutes holding each of my beautiful babies, exhausted, but amazed.

Each day is filled with wonder, and I’ve made a concerted effort to watch for the little miracles each day, not getting caught up in the hectic pace of managing children, home and work. I’ve neglected calling and writing to friends and family, I’m sad to say.

However, these moments will not last and will not be repeated. I apologize for all of you that I may have forgotten to return calls or letters. Please know that we all are doing marvelously well, albeit under some hectic circumstances.