The garden time-travel machine

I love the Facebook “on this day” feature. I actually keep a personal journal that works the same way: a card for every day of the year, and each day you write an entry for that year beneath the entries for the same day on previous years. I love that it encourages me to look back over the past, both for remembering small joys and for realizing how much things have changed.

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On this day in 2014 I took this gorgeous picture of a clematis bloom in my yard. Thanks, Facebook!

Less philosophical and also somewhat gloomier side note: This year, all of my non-native clematis plants died over the winter. All of them. (I had three.) The only clematis that survived was my native variety. I also lost a grape (the one that produced fruit last year) and a few other perennials. I’m not sure why the winter was so hard on plants, but I think I lost more perennials this past winter than ever before.

On this day in 2011, I was waiting for the rain to clear so my dad and I could get to work building my deck. I posted about it on Facebook.

It’s tempting to feel like the slog of work and things to do around the house (and life-stuff in general) is endless. It always feels like there’s too much to do. Now that I have a baby, this is even more the case. There is a literal never-ending list of tasks that need to get done. No matter how much laundry I do, the next day will create more. But when I start to get caught up in a fervor of what-I-need-to-do, I am trying to cultivate two new trains of thought:

  1. Look how far I’ve come. Progress IS happening, all around us. It’s enough.
  2. I can sit back and enjoy what I’ve made and done without always being focused on the next thing to do. This applies to the yard, among other things. I can sit with a drink or a baby or a book and just enjoy. If it doesn’t get done today or this week or this summer, it will keep.

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Building the deck, June 2011. (I was a glorified Deck Stain Assistant. The hard work was all my dad. This picture makes it seem like I might be some kind of Bob-The-Builderesque Construction Expert, which I am not at all.)

I’m too type-A to ever truly master maintaining a sense of contentment, gratitude and abundance, but I’m working on it. Maybe there’s a chart I could make for myself, where I get a sticker every day I remember to cultivate contentment, gratitude and abundance.

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The deck today. See? Abundance!

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