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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Best Exercise

Gardening.  It is through my mom, (stepmother) Darlene, that I have learned and remembered, how much I love to garden.  I used to raise roses in England, over twenty years ago, but have not done much since.  Hubby bought me a rose bush, and I'm all over it.  We have about 25 rose bushes on property, and last weekend I went out to prune them.  They were in terrible shape.  They're much better now, and my house is filled with color and the perfume of petals.

I sweat like a guy when I garden.

It's hard work.  It's a lot of bending, lifting, and general labor.  It's in the sun, so the heat makes you sweat. (I live in Florida)  The sun is good for you: vitamin D goes a long way in changing a bad mood. You feel accomplished, because you can see and enjoy all the hard work, and it feels good to play in the dirt.  I like romping around in the dirt.

I used to make mud pies when I was little.

Thanks, Darlene, for giving me something else to focus my attention on in a good way, improving my mood, and being a role model.  I just imagine her in the garden through her stories, and I wanted to be out there, too.

There are over 100 plants, grasses and bushes in the back yard, just waiting for me to plant them all over the property.  :)


  1. Ah yes the joy of hubby loves it as well...we enjoy going out and seeing all the lovely blooms and veggies growing!

    Shannon at I Survived and Now I Run

  2. I agree gardening can be a workout. when I worked for a family in France I used to have to rake their yard. I loved it though because it was an excuse to spend time outside.

    Just stopping by from a-z. :)

  3. Thanks, Shannon and Jessica! It's true. I was out there again today!

  4. I want to start herb gardening