Making Time to Celebrate

Northstar Notes

However, my planting window came and went about a month ago and I still have bare ground in the garden.

Published on: June 14, 2013

We are at the beginning of a busy summer and the cool, wet weather has not been cooperating.

We have one high school graduation and one wedding on our calendars.

That's all.

And I like to garden and have things done on time. That's the "farmer" in me. However, my planting window came and went about a month ago and I still have bare ground in the garden. It's going to stay that way unless I get some steeply discounted vegetable plants at a local nursery. And I still have weeds everywhere, despite the fact that I weeded several beds extensively about two weeks ago. They just thrived on all the moisture and cooler temps.

As I've grown older, I have learned to let some things go. I realize I cannot control the uncontrollable and the weather sure fits that description. So I do what I can and try to let go of the rest. This is not easy for me. As the eldest growing up, I had to be in charge at times and being in charge meant taking control.

What's important
My mom taught me a long time ago that when company comes to visit, they are there to see you, not your house.

This is so true.

When I think of all the good times, my memories are filled with people talking, laughing and enjoying the moment. In my mind's eye, I can't recall if those surroundings were clean or well-tended. Instead, I remember with fondness the warmth of the folks around me, the delicious food and cool beverages, the hospitality of my hosts.

So with weeds beckoning and some bright blue sky radiating—at least right now as I type—it's time to shut off the computer (I did plan to take this day off) and get outside.

I'll finish what I can today and appreciate tomorrow.

I've got company coming and I look forward to enjoying my time with each one.