As has become the norm around here, this past weekend we spent working outside. The porch is coming along. Slowly. There was a moment this weekend when I was just sick of this project that has far exceeded it's expected timeline. And budget. And patience level. But. Then I step back.
And I see this! And where once there was a boring, nondescript house, there is now a charming cottage! Slowly but surely, one weekend at a time, a lovely home is being made. And while it is easy for me to get bogged down in the details of what is yet to be done: metal roof, paver walkway set, stair posts and handrails made, beadboard ceiling, caulking, painting and a bit more landscaping...
I'm making a point to take time to appreciate how far we've come and how much work we've (mostly him) done. I'm also making a point to spend time reading, having a margarita, visiting with neighbors and sometimes just quietly sitting on that glider with my hardworking hubby.
This Indiana summer has been very good to us. We have gotten very lucky with the weather. Mother Nature has taken care of the watering for us which is great as we've been otherwise occupied. I'm learning as I go in this garden. I have had a tendency to get very bogged down in the rules which rendered me unable to make any decisions. I finally came to my senses and decided to do my own thing and I'm sure I'm getting a lot wrong and I already know I need to move some plants around, but I'm having so much fun with it now.
My sweet peas (Thank you nanne!), coneflowers, crape myrtle, lavender and hydrangeas are all going gang busters. As is my veg garden. For the second year in a row it is the middle of summer and I'm not even a little tired of the gardening. I think it has finally taken root deep down in my soul.
We have a cold front moving through and have more Autumn like temperatures headed our way for the next couple of days. I have plans to throw open all of the windows, light a candle, do some embroidery, bake some bread and cookies and make some braised pork chops and homemade chicken noodle soup.
The skies are darkening right now so I think it will soon be here. I better go get my tablecloth off the line and sit on the front porch to welcome the storm. This time next week there will be a metal roof over it and then there will be no better place in all the Village to enjoy a good rain.