Here in the US we call the plot of land around our homes…’the yard’. In England they call that piece of ground…’the garden’. My yard is not quite a garden, but I am working on it. I have about 1/3 an acre and it is mostly weedy….not much grass and weeds that grow as tall as 4 or 5 feet! I have been trying to keep it mowed down, but this summer it totally got away from me. Since the yard is too big for me to handle and there isn’t a lawn, I have been focusing on the perimeter of the yard. I have roses planted all along the fence line and when my sister and I had the end of the yard cleared of all the jungle that had taken over, I discovered that there are more roses growing along that fence line. Now that all that brush is gone, those roses are popping out with new growth and producing beautiful blooms.

There is still stuff along that far fence line trying to come back, but I have been keeping it cut as far back as I can. There are stumps that are very difficult to remove; some of which have become a part of the fence, growing through and around all the chain links. But I cut back and my sister treats each stump with stuff to kill them and slowly we are winning. The roses are now taking over and I hope by next year we will see the end of the stumps.

My sister is busy inside the house, laying down new flooring. We are painting each area before the flooring goes down and she will be putting in new baseboards, crown molding, and door and window trim. This is a project that will likely take us through the coming winter. My garden will have to wait until next spring as I can feel the weather changing. It is growing cooler. There are heavy dews each morning. The time for planting is gone for now; but I did put in another flower bed and started some succulents growing in it. We’ll see how well everything does when next spring rolls around.

Between the house and the garden, things are pretty busy around here. And kittens! We have been adopted by two kittens who found themselves without a home this past summer and discovered that our back patio had food and water which had been set out for our young male cat while we were gone on our cruise. They are quite healthy now and are very busy. Any job being done around the house or the yard is done with their ‘help’. LOL! My old lady cat doesn’t like our new family members and has complained in ways that haven’t been very pleasant….she stopped using her box. Things are getting back to normal, but this summer was definitely a time of change around here.

I always liked working around my house and yard when I was a mother of young children and then things changed and I had to go to work to support myself. Now I have returned to house and garden and life is peaceful once more. It’s not quite as it once was, since sharing my home with my sister means compromise in the way I have always done things; but, then, life is all about change and it will never be as it once was. Still, it is good and I am much happier with my daily routine than when I had to punch a time clock and do jobs I didn’t really enjoy.

I often think about how life for mankind began in a garden and I wonder what life was like for Adam and Eve in that garden. I don’t think they were neanderthals. I think it was probably a great deal different than how we picture life there. “And the Lord God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed.” Gen. 2:8

“The the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name.” Gen. 2:18-19

God gave Adam a garden to live in and animals to share it with before He gave him a wife. Animals were created for us as companions and I am saddened by the cruelty so many show towards them. Woman was created as Man’s equal, but animals were created for their enjoyment as helpers and companions. My animals help in keeping my home free of some pests; although they can also be pests themselves. They do, however, entertain and keep me company.

House and garden….my small piece of the physical world we live in and I am very thankful for them. “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting.” Ps. 136:1

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