12.30.2013

{Part II} 2013 Year in Review

After a winter (and spring) blanketed in snow, the calendar for June faded quickly and with a bit of chaos. The garden was well under way, although thwarted by an overly rainy spring and a replanting of many directly seeded crops.  This proved to be a bit of a challenge, as we were still teaching until the last days of June….leaving the garden to tend itself more than usual at this time of year.





Stormy was also diagnosed with inflammatory brain disease at this time. Our poor pup (not even 2 at the time), had gone from being playful to sedentary. She required special vets and tests and medication. This was a trying time for all of us. We love this pup from the deepest part of our hearts. 


We were so blessed she came home with us. She required a lot of care, and a family close by to love her and tend her needs.


And she had it. I just know she understands the love this family gives her. Our kids were so amazing when we needed them most….and especially understanding when we didn't take a summer trip this year…we stayed close…tended the garden….went to swimming lessons….


Our lavender proved to be short-lived and had sustained quite a bit of damage in the blizzard and frigid temps. We lost 12-15 first year plants. Our grand old plants looked somewhat pathetic, but produced a bit for stripping, and finished their show much faster than usual.


We harvested the garlic scapes for pesto, (amazing)….but were left with rather small and unimpressive heads….


The ferns were glorious…most just wild ferns…..all showy and lush and green….


The snowy winter and rainy spring produced a unique and wonderful shade of green that this gardener wishes she could capture on a paint palette and use sparingly through the dark months of winter….


Summer was most certainly brightened by our 10 and 14 year olds and their zest for life….


…and by the birds. This catbird was a constant companion, meeting me outside the sunporch and heading down to the garden with me daily. I often wonder where he is. Is he safe? fed? Will he come back?



I used my home time to organize the house….and to "play" with flowers.


Lavender in my father-in-laws childhood cowboy boots. Fabulous.


Swimming lessons at the town beach a couple of miles away proved a perfect getaway for a 10 year old. If you haven't been swimming in the ocean, add it to your bucket list. Nothing beats the feeling of sand, steel blue waves, open sky and a horizon filled with activity.


I had time to create a bit as C swam to the raft and jumped with such amazing joy, over and over….



…and then, home to the garden we came….


…where flora and fauna beckoned to us….



….surrounding us with amazing color, texture, and scent….



….it filled our senses….


…allowing for a welcomed reprieve from teaching….


….allowing me to truly think about where my heart is, and what I would like my future to hold.




This short-lived summer offered me guidance and inspiration…..


It offered me time.


It left me with my eyes wide open.


Stay tuned for Part III



9 comments:

  1. I enjoyed the look back at your 2013 events. Once again I am struck by the beautifully simple blue and white quilt in the photo. This time I am pinning it as an idea for a quilt or tablecloth.

    Happy New Year

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  2. What a joy to see all your fresh flowers.. a balm to my soul in mid-winter and post frivolity.

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      *H*A*P*P*Y* *N*E*W* *Y*E*A*R*!*
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    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  3. Stunning...everything! Then catbird was incredible! Love Stormy! xoxo Jen

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  4. And I will also stay tuned for part IV, V, and the rest of the story for 2014. You have been such a pleasure to follow, and may your pup AND children enjoy yet another year of fun and most of all, love. Anita

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  5. Such a nice recap... and so good to hear that Stormy is doing better. Happy New Year - can't wait to see what you're up to in 2014. :-)

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  6. Thank-you for your lovely wishes and for your voice of encouragement in the blog-world. Thank-you also for sharing your gift of word and photography. It is always an uplifting pleasure to stop by your farm Wishing you a happy, healthy blessed 2014!

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  7. Beautiful Monica!! Healthy wishes for your family in 2014!

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  8. A lovely recap, my friend. Congrats on your fabulous blog year, Monica!! Wonderful posts and inspirations. I was so relieved Stormy made it through. Wishing you all a beautiful and bright 2014 ahead.
    Warm greetings,
    Loi

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  9. Monica - what a charming and beautiful home you have! Your yard is simply amazing - and your garden --- so neat and organized! Your photos of the flowers and garden bounty warmed my heart on this cold, cold winter evening here in Michigan. Thank you for your kind visit to Heaven's Walk. I'm so happy to meet you!

    xoxo laurie

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Thanks for chatting!

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