Look, Something Shiny

The sun is shining this morning. I know! I can hardly believe it myself, especially since Soccer Boy’s soccer practice was canceled last night due to soggy fields. I’ve lived in this area my whole life and I’ve never heard of local cities closing down their soccer fields. Now that’s wet, people.

But this morning holds a new promise. Okay, really, I looked at the forecast and the promise is actually a bit bleak. But for the moment, there is promise. I’m trying to be inspired here. Just go with it.

Okay little guys, it won’t be much longer. Really. See, look outside your window. See that sun. There is hope. You’ll be out in it before you know it.

Just picture yourself out in the garden behind the beautiful kiwi trellis gate. You’ll be glorious. Now never mind those mean ol’ clouds. Just close your little eyes and imagine it.

I know. I’m talking to plants.

It’s a water-logged brain. It’ll do it to ya every time. Now, don’t you get all smug. Just wait. You’ll be doing it soon too.

And all of you wonderful positive people, I beg you, please don’t say, “But Kathleen, this is why it’s so green in Oregon.” Nope. I’m not listening…I can’t hear you.

Sorry. That wasn’t very nice. I apologize. Sigh.

Obviously, I need to spend a little quality time with my Light Box. What? You don’t know what that is? You live in the Pacific Northwest and don’t own one of these? Again, I apologize. As my friend Dawna says, I’m being a bit snarfy.

Okay, think light therapy.  Check this out: click here.  See it’s scientific. People need sun. We’re a mess without it. Well, I’m a mess without it, at least.

On to happier topics.

Didn’t the kiwi trellis turn out gorgeous? When I pull into the driveway, I can see it. It makes me smile every time. Thanks, Renaissance Man.

And yes, if you were wondering, we’ll be putting in a much straighter fence. Hey, I was in a hurry.  The chickens were making a mess in the garden; I didn’t have the time or the engineering intelligence to make the posts plum. The garden had to be saved from those fowl birds. Hee. Hee.  Anyway, I decided it gave the fence character. I know. I’m just placating myself. Back to the Light Box.

Pesky chicken! I do enjoy her eggs, though.

And then finally something to make you smile. Look, something is blooming. Look! Something shiny. Whatever you do, don’t look up. It’s not there, friends. Just stare at the purple flowers and imagine there is a sun making it bloom. It’ll make you feel better.


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About kathleen

I'm a stay at home chicken momma with 2 boys and a very understanding husband. In December of '09, we moved to our dream farm. I'm excited to try to become more self-sufficient. So far I have 1 rooster, 9 chickens, 2 goats (some babies on their way this spring), 1 llama, a dog, and a cat. Come along and join us, as we city-slickers figure out how to make our own homestead. You're sure to be entertained.
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6 Responses to Look, Something Shiny

  1. Joan Porter says:

    “Snarky” ooooo….that’s a great word. But, come on, “fowl” birds…you’re pun….ishing us Kathleen. Love the kiwi trellis. It makes me smile too. Ya just gotta love that Renesiance Man (did I spell that correctly) anyway you know who I mean. As far as sunshine goes….reading your blog is my morning sunshine!

  2. Dawna says:

    So, how much would the Renaissance Man charge to make me a trellis? I have been wanting one like that for a wisteria plant of mine.

    BTW, do you know what I did with my light box? Yes, I have stooped to asking any person who has ever entered my house.

  3. Ron says:

    I think I’d charge too much.

    BTW, I love that first picture.

  4. kathleen says:

    Aw, shucks, Mom. You’re so sweet.

    Dawna, I don’t remember where you put it. Sorry. The next time you are over, I’ll set mine up right in front of you. We’ll bath you in fake sunlight.

    Ron, I like it too. I’ve had a good teacher.

  5. Rachel says:

    I love your blog. You have such “voice”. Something that is very hard to explain to my students! I love the trellis. It is awesome.

  6. kathleen says:

    Thanks, Rach. Yeah, ‘voice’…how do you explain that? I’ve been pondering it and I haven’t a clue. You know, you might think about asking Amy Davis to your classroom to talk about that. I bet she’d love it. And she’s a real writer. 🙂

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