Friday, September 23, 2016

Celebrate the Small Things: End of Summer Thoughts

Funny how seasonal weather can be invigorating in the beginning and an energy drain in the end. I love the advent of the seasons, don't you? It's a wonderful time to reflect on the next leg of our journey.

Vince and I have one final job before completing this summer's landscaping project, the installation of colored rock over the new berm. If we finish by Friday, I'll post an image. 

Salmon-colored rock over the berm is coming soon. Whew! What a lot of work shoveling dirt and planting everything. The rock garden in the middle and shrubs next to the house were planted by the previous owner. We did everything else. Slowly the gravel is disappearing....


We also planted two new trees, an Amur Maackia and Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry. 
 
Amur Maackia - I love this tree. The leaves look tropical.

Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry. Off to the right....out future deck!
The Serviceberry can only be described as hopeful. It doesn't look like much sitting alone in the gravel, with most of its leaves gone. I'm told the tree will fill out beautifully in time and pictures online all agree, but for now, it's a version of Charlie Brown's little tree. Remember the one with the single Christmas ornament? That's ours!

The serviceberry is a good reminder that all good things (and endeavors) come in due time if we persist. Kind of where my writing projects are at the moment, but I haven't lost hope. I'm attending the the Rivers of Ink writers' conference next month in Richland, WA. I'm excited to learn more about the field, and in particular, the writing software, Scrivner, one speaker's topic.

We passed the following restaurant while driving to Spokane recently, and decided to stop. We now have a new favorite. Check out the neat sculpture in front.
A great place to eat, Ritzville, WA

Across from the restaurant, just off I-90
  
Have a nice weekend everyone!!


Celebrate the Small Things: To join, visit Lexa's Blog for the rules. We post every Friday about something we are grateful for that week. It can be about writing, family, school, general life or whatever. Originated by VikLit, co-hosts are: L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge and Katie @ TheCyborgMom

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14 comments:

  1. Loved the post and the pictures were absolutely awesome.
    Enjoy your week-end.
    Yvonne.

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    1. Thank you! Sorry to be so remiss in blogging.

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  2. My dad had a BIG hobby of wine making and had 50 grape vines but he also had some service berry bushes that he used for the same purpose. It's just and idea. Also that Cow Creek place was where I went once in a while when I lived in Washtucna and I agree it is a great place.

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    1. I hope the service berry produces in my lifetime!

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  3. The restaurant sells "home decor" too? I never heard of that before! You're doing a great job with your landscaping. I bet the pink rocks will be lovely! You chose a good analogy between your serviceberry and writing. It can be such hard work for so many years with zero payoff. It starts to feel like a pitiful and ridiculous life choice. That's been my life for 7 years. The few things I've pubbed got great reviews and no sales. I'm hoping I'm about to turn a corner, but you never know...

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    1. I hope you get discovered soon, Lexa. Your hard work has not gone unnoticed!

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  4. You will get back to writing and your place will look spectacular. It looks so nice now with all the work you have done so far. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I hope so. I continue to struggle with the balance.

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  5. The reference to Charlie Brown's little Christmas tree made me laugh. I always liked that little tree. It looks like you've put a lot of work into all the landscaping. It must feel good to be close to being done. Cow Creek — love the name, and the stagecoach. Good luck with your writing! Don't give up!

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    1. Yep, it's definitely Charlie Brown's tree. I love the hope it represents.

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  6. That is a cool sculpture. Yard work is exhausting. We had a big trim/weed day a couple of weeks ago. I was sore for days.

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    1. I've seen other sculptures like this before. They blend so nicely into the landscape. Thanks for stopping by, Tamara.

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  7. Love the wire sculpture. Pinned it! Judging from the cloudless sky in your pics that lawn is going to need a lot of watering.

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    1. Oh, yes. The grass is already a challenge. Thanks for visiting Ms. Rix!

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