52 Weeks of Thankfulness – Week 1

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This is my first week of “52 Weeks of Thankfulness” at Haddon Musings. This week I am thankful for sunny days to do gardening. Gardening is my personal therapy.

The official spring date is not here yet, buts spring is in southern California. It has been sunny for a week. We had an unusual winter with cold and rainstorm. I got the flood warning signal twice on my phone. Since our home is situated near the major drainage system, we had no worry. The rain finally stopped a week ago. This is the timing I was waiting for to do gardening.

I love gardening. I love to work with the soil bare handed. My fingernails would be filled with dirt and scratches. This is just a minor detail. Gardening is my therapy. It’s a way for me to be in touch with earth. I love to watch growth. No plants, trees, or flowers are maintenance free. They all need nurturing, pruning, watering, correcting the gesture, nourishing, healing of diseases, and the right timing to plant different plants and flowers. I am thankful for many life lessons learned through gardening experience.

I usually prune the rose bushes in the middle of January, but the heavy rain kept me in the house. My gardener skipped one week in January due to the rain. As soon as it had a clear day, he came to mow the lawn, and pruned all the roses. I was so glad he did that. The rain was welcome after many years of drought. The soil in my garden is well soaked.

With one week of sun, the green and the flowers can hardly wait to burst into showy colors. The plum trees started budding and filled with blossoms. The bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds are not around to pollinate the blossoms yet. It needs other flowers such as lavender to attract them to come. Last year, I used a brush to manually pollinate between the two plum trees. They produced about twenty plums. Well, one plum tree was triple crossed bred.

The Valencia orange tree produces two crops a year. Thanks to the rain, the second crop is full grown. When they are first ripen, they are little bit sour, so I will wait for a couple week to pick them. By that time, they should be juicy and sweet.

The camellia bush is crossed bred. It has red flowers as well as pink and white flowers. They are in bloom, so I can make nice flower arrangement for decoration. The purple and yellow freesias; red, yellow and pink snapdragons, and other perennial flowers are complimenting each other with their beauties.

This year is my first attempt to plant irises. I planted purple, fuchsia, and blue bulbs. I am waiting with great anticipation to see their beautiful blooms.

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Perspective

Too close to my eyes

Blurs the vision of my sight.

Distorts the image of

The truth in its right.

Distant my feet

Yet not too far to miss

The lines of complexity.

Different perspective,

Something I’ve

Never before seen.

Different focus, changes

The translation of

Meanings in my life.

 

Daily Prompt: Blur              Daily Prompt: Translate

Weekly Photo Challenge – Solitude

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solitude

Everywhere, I hear noises and voices

I quickly answer and respond

Every day, I receive demands and comments

I rush to comply and improvise

Every hour, I see needs and pleas

I passionately land my ears

The momentum is like a snowball

Where to stop, no idea at all

Once in a while, unplug my self

To be away from the

Noises and voices

Demands and comments

Needs and pleas

And land myself in solitude

Where I could attend my voice and

The voice from above, to

Reacquaint my inner self

Refresh my private thoughts

Re-lubricate my soul

Rejuvenate my energy

Reignite my spirit, so to

Return to the world, and

Be in better Service

Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitude

Weekly Photo Challenge – Repurposed Life Value

When I worked, I worked very hard. I dedicated all of my energy and my creativity to produce the best results possible. Looking back, I’m thankful for all of my achievements in my working life. My purpose was to serve the community well.

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Now that I am retired, I repurpose my life and reallocate my time and energy. My pace is slowed down to smell the flowers, or watch the ducks swimming during our walk. My new learning is for fun while keeping my mind being active. Learning new skills in fine arts and be involved in music delight me as much as my accomplishments at work. I am content with my active retirement life.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Repurpose

Simple Life

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What is a successful life? Is it,

Fashionable appearance head to toes,

Famous restaurants frequently go,

Decorative home like the Jones,

Elite brand of cars cruising around town!

Somehow to me, they are not attractive,

In fact, I find them stressful.

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Content is mine, a simple life.

Roof on top of my head,

Garden for my flowers and plants,

Healthy meals on the table,

Time to learn and exercise.

Loving husband to have and to hold,

Precious family so dearly close.

 

Daily Prompt: Simple