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Life is Messy

So this blog thing seems to have shown my worst side of follow through.  We have been getting the kids through the end of school, remodeling cottages, taking care of the grounds and taking care of our increase in business (a wonderful thing!).  Most of our clean laundry fails to get put away before it is worn again, the kitchen has stalled in the middle of a remodel, book bags are strewn inside the door, a multitude of converse in all shapes, colors and sizes lay about the house…..And Allen is losing his mind….life is messy, children are messy, a busy business is messy…..I wrote this paragraph a month and a half ago…

Now it seems the summer is coming to an end.  We have worked alot, played some and enjoyed a steady flow of business.  This summer has been hot, really hot and we managed to get AC in all the cottages, which was essential for business.

But life continues to be messy; the back of the house (our side) looks like multiple projects have vomited.  There is furniture in various stages of re-finishing, garden benches that need repair, lumber, appliances and all things in between you can imagine that it takes to run a house farm.

Allen seems to have hit a different plateau of acceptance with some of the mess, although some days I am afraid he is going to start chucking various pieces and projects out through the shop door so that he can move around and get to the table saw.  But on the positive side:  The office has been re-painted and set-up as a little retail shop, there are new garden beds, Cabin 1 and Cottage 2 look great, there is AC in all the cottages, the front patio has had all the flagstone re-laid and mortared, all the little soft rockers have new slipcovers, new curtains are going up, and we now have a solid and dependable cleaning staff of two.  To top it all off – business is really great!

This week we are focused on getting ready for the weekend.  Today is Allen’s 50th birthday and on Saturday we are throwing him a party.  It is also the year anniversary of his last cancer treatment and a celebration of that milestone.  We have survived this very messy year; full of fear, anxiety, physical and emotional pain, financial hardship and all the other gloppy, gooey gunk that comes with life and I am grateful.  Grateful for the mess because it means our lives are full, our children are active and healthy, our business is growing and we have had an opportunity to feel fully present.  I love our messy lives.

Glorious Spring days, Rising Gas Prices and the Brass Ring

The day is spectacular! Breeze blowing, birds singing, not too hot, that just perfect temperature – the temp I wish it could be all year (I am NOT a hot summer girl).

I am sitting at my desk again, writing my marketing plan that MUST be finished over the next few days but longing to be in the garden.  Working in the garden is going to be my treat, my carrot, to get my work done.  There is just a couple more weeks of the semester and a load of work to be completed, and then I can focus just on the gardens and the cottages.

The holiday weekend was good and we had many lovely guests.  We are trying to combat the concerns we have with ever rising gas prices and the impact it is going to have on our business.  We are usually completely booked over Easter weekend, and had 3 empty cottages this weekend.  I keep reminding myself that this business was launched in the middle of a depression and between two world wars and has kept it’s doors open contiguously since that time – no small feat.  I believe businesses have a personality even something akin to a soul.  The Pines is steady, the kind of friend you would always be comfortable relying on.  There is a lingering feminine energy too, I know nothing about the original owners, the Pruitts, but I suspect that Mrs. Pruitt had a lot to do with birth and shaping of this business.  There is a strong, warm, inviting, and  no-nonsense personality that remains here.

I will get back to work and remind myself that sitting here with the doors open, looking out at the gardens, even with all the weeding and planting that is beckoning and taunting me, is in fact a great privilege, and in-fact my brass ring.

Post Script 3:00pm

I couldn’t help myself.  I needed a break so I thinned some of the day lilies and irises outside the door and planted some Bee Balm and Mint – it can take over and smell good and I can make tea with it – I think I will also add some lemon Balm – it is part sun and all those things should be happy there.

I also planted some things in the little corner shade bed – well mostly shade.  Again I planted a Bee Balm, some flox, a clemetis in the corner to grow up the logs, some mint and I went and dug up some native columbine and replanted it.  I think it will end up being a nice bed when it establishes.  I would like to plant some Lupine in the back corner as well.