Monday, May 31, 2010

DAY 295 Keep Going, Keep Growing


Hello there, Journal & Friends,

Yesterday started out a rocky day. MyGuy was working outside in the yard, and I decided to go outside and get some sun. I am sooo glad I did! It changed my whole attitude. 

I had allowed feelings to overtake me... feelings of sadness and regret, frustration over slow progress. Self-pity over my knee pain, which was interfering with "my" plans to do my walking. I guess in general, I was just focusing on too many negatives, and letting them drag me down. You know... doing all the things I say NOT to do, LOL!!

Well, the weather here in Southern Oregon has been sunny and gorgeous all weekend, and it really lifted my spirits when I looked at our yard. All the hard work was finally paying off.

Last year it looked plain and puny... this year I can SEE the progress. I think I needed to SEE some life and growth. To see change. 

It reminded me to just keep doing what I know to do, and change will come, in time. There is still tweaking to be done... minor course corrections along the way. But in time I WILL see growth and change.

Here are some photos I took (can click to enlarge):

Our wooden barrel planter has 3 Strawberries that are turning red... I hope the birdies don't see them:





Here our Snow Peas have climbed halfway up the trellis:




Even our one Zucchini plant has give us one pretty blossom:





There were troupe of 4 Bumblebees busy pollinating the flowers. I took a gazillion pictures trying to get one to turn out, but they were just too fast for me. Instead, here is a cute little Ladybug who came to visit:





That big bush at the far end is called a Butterfly Bush. Last year it was tiny... look at it now!





Last year we planted 4 Blueberry bushes. The one at the left really took off... there are lots of blueberries on it this year. Mmmmmm...





I have to remember that I am like these plants. I go through seasons... winters and storms and rain and winds and hot sun.

Yet through it all, I keep growing. 



From Dr Phil's book: "You must get in touch with your thoughts and feelings and why you're having them."

My verse for today: "Sustain me according to your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed."

My quote for today: "Determination gives you the resolve to keep going in spite of the roadblocks that lay before you." --Denis Waitley

Enjoy the Journey,

Loretta
=^..^=


11 comments:

karen@fitnessjourney said...

Is there anything more delicious than fresh strawberries? My mom used to grow them in our yard. I remember sneaking out and eating them.

Sunny weather always lifts my spirits and seems to give me more energy too.

that TOPS lady said...

Wow...such a great comparison! In my yard, I have a baby lace bark elm tree that we planted right after we moved here 3 and a half years ago. My very elderly grandfather dug it up from his yard and gave it to me, so it is very precious to me. It has been through a lot. Most of the time, I forget to water it. A neighbor kid dig kung foo on it and tried to kill it. It surely is a slow grower. Three years later,it seems to be barely any bigger than when we planted it. I'd think it was dead except the leaves fall off in the fall and come back in the spring. Because of that, I know it is still alive and it will grow. One of these days it will be a very large tree. Wow............I am a lot like that tree. Thanks for getting me thinking!

Leslie said...

Good analogies, Loretta. Just keep going with patient progress. Love your fruit plants! Nothing like fresh berries. We have neighbors with blueberry bushes that have been in their yard for years, and are more like trees. Amazing. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Mom to the Fourth Power said...

I wish I was as good at landscaping and growing things... your yard and garden look so good! Way to go! I love the symbolism that you share about weather and growing to our lives. I totally agree. Thanks for sharing.
~Margene

Kimberley said...

Great way to tie your life in together with the pictures. It is so true...we are all still growing.

Thanks for sharing your lovely garden pics.

CinciMom11 said...

WOW! Great pictures! Your yard looks fantastic!! Doing all that and watching things grow must be so much fun. I'm glad taking those pictures and enjoying the outdoors boosted your spirits. Ramsey and I spend a lot of time outside everyday, and I think it's made a huge difference in my happiness.

Re-think 'progress.' I've lost 15 pounds in the past three months, so I know all about slow progress!! We stay on track and do as much as we can. A stubborn scale isn't the only measure of progress!!! Look at how much healthier you are now. Health is so much more important in the end. I know, it's still frustrating as heck not to see the scale move like it should. Blah!!

Nancy said...

Your garden is amazing, I cant wait till summer when I have time to garden. I love your wooden barrel planter!!!

Kimberley said...

I encourage you to try the yoga. Give it a try and I would love to know what you think of it.

Go Loretta!

cmoursler said...

ah loretta, we are soooo on the same page today.
I am feeling furuserateeeeeeeeed. lol
I won't give up and you won't give up.
we'll just keep going.

South Beach Steve said...

I just love this time of year. Our strawberries are already finished for this year, but the blueberries are still yet to come.

M Pax said...

Your yard looks great. I'm envious of your warmth & sun. Not so much this way.

Yes, find the positive and keep going. My arm is still bugging me, which means laying off the weights again. Siiiigh. But, you keep goint. Ya know?

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