A day in the life…

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7:00-7:30 a.m.  Scritch, scratch.  Lulu is at the bedroom door.  It isn’t her feeding time.  She doesn’t go outside.  So, what does she want?  Company.  Me.  Sometimes I get up and let her in to snuggle for a while.  Other days I get up straight away and go downstairs with her.

Almost every day I get out of bed with an “itch” to write.  As regular readers know, I haven’t written much in the last few months.  So if I get up with a desire to write, what’s keeping me from doing so?  In part, it’s because I’ve been as busy as a honey bee in a bed of clover.  There was a while that I couldn’t write because I was seriously depressed.  That is no longer a problem, thanks to antidepressant medication which has worked a not-so-small miracle in that regard.

My upbeat mood and new-found energy have given me a joie de vivre that I haven’t had in a very long time.  I’m finding my schedule almost over-booked these days simply because I feel like doing things and seeing people.  Who knew there were so many entertaining endeavors waiting for me?  Well, I did.  But I couldn’t get past the lethargy that depression causes.  I’m grateful for another chance to live my life, and to enjoy doing so.

In the past couple of months I have been walking regularly with two of my neighbors.  (It’s lots more photo(19)fun when you have company.)  I’ve attended numerous grandchild functions:  a pre-prom photo session, an elementary school graduation, a high school graduation, two engagement parties, a gymnastics celebration banquet (the end of a rather lengthy gymnastics career–happy and sad), and more that I can’t remember at the moment.

In addition to the fun stuff, I have taken on a front yard project.  I’m wondering if my meds have made me a little more wacky than I normally am–not an easy feat since I’ve always been pretty wacky. As some of you know already, I don’t grow grass very well, so I decided I should construct some around-the-tree gardens in order to have less weedy grass to mow.photo(16)  I started by digging a v-shaped trench around the tree.  My research tells me this is a Victorian edge.  I didn’t want a brick or stone edging because it makes using the weed eater a bit fussy.  I thought the digging would be the hardest part, but abundant rain had saturated the ground and digging was a breeze.

The next step was to cover inside the circle with newspapers.  The newspaper kills weeds and unwanted grass in the finished product.  Then I spread four (or so) inches of soil on top of the newspapers.  Next came a nice thick layer of mulch on top of the dirt. Viola. The garden is ready for some shade-loving plants.photo(20)

I took this photo shortly after I planted.  We’ve had a great deal of rain and sunshine since then, so I’m able to see growth almost every day.  Only two more trees to go.  My neighbors are waiting patiently.  I’m still a little surprised (and proud) that I was able to do this by myself.  Gave me a nice sense of accomplishment.

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7 thoughts on “A day in the life…

  1. I’ve been taking care not to readwalk recently, because my walking time is a great time to reflect, assess or even not to think at all. Last night I thought about how I’d withdrawn from a lot of friends and activities I love, and how good it feels to be returning to them. It sounds like we’re in a similar place in this regard, and that is still another uplifting thing in a morning full of them. Happy weekend, Pat!

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  2. Your front yard looks fantastic. I’m really pleased you are feeling much better and are getting out and about more. As you know, you are one of my favourite people and hearing you being positive and involved with life is a pleasure for me

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  3. So pleased to hear your depression cloud has lifted and you are enjoying being busy. Your tree beds look very pretty – looking forward to more news and thoughts from you.

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  4. You sound very bright and chirpy, Pat. I’m glad you found the time to let us bloggers know how much you’re enjoying life. I know from experience that walking with some neighbors is very much better than walking by yourself. You’re doing a great job with your garden. Enjoy. You went to graduation and engagement parties. Well, good on you that you can enjoy all this. Sounds to me like life is wonderful for you. Keep enjoying it for as much as you can for as long as you can. And I hope soon you’re going to find the time to write and post some more blogs! 🙂

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