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Silver Lining / Blessing #2: Stupid moments

Silver Lining / Blessing #1: My outdoor office

Sometimes, when it seems like you've lost far more than you've gained, it's tough to "look on the bright side" of things ... to see a silver lining of sorts. In fact, sometimes you just want to punch the person who suggests you do so.  Of course, people don't express themselves that way to make you feel worse. So what sort of person would deck someone who is only trying to help? After all, they could be right. My family's future has never been so uncertain, but don't the most unexpected doors open when you let go of (or get ripped away from) comfort zones to navigate chaos? (Say 'yes', won't you? I'm counting on it!) The goal for my blog this summer is to pepper it with positive posts about the good things going on in my life. Today? My backyard ... aka ... the outdoor office.


My yard is not the sort you'll find in Better Homes & Gardens. It is a nice size, but we don't exactly have a landscaping budget, so other than mowing and planting a few living things here or there, nature is our interior ... or exterior, rather, decorator. There are uneven patches of grass, the shed is weakening, and chipmunk holes pop up all over the place. Not to mention, my grass gets cigarette butts dropped on it, courtesy of the neighbors.


Yeeeehp, that's right. Nice, huh? We're hoping the most recent exchange over that issue will encourage them to keep the piggery on their side of the fence.

All that said, my yard is my sanctuary in the summer, and truthfully? I don't mind the chipmunk population and their holes. In fact, I can only imagine the catacombs they have going on below ground.  Insane squirrels spar on top of my fence. Birds gather around the bird feeder, and Energizer Bunny Girl creates chalk art on the back of the house each summer.

Gir chalk

So I'm thankful for this place, aware that not everyone has a backyard. And I'll bet some people have neighbors capable of throwing worse over the fence than cigarettes. So my yard is a fabulous blessing with its two trees that grew the perfect distance apart for a hammock...


And the hammock, while not in the best shape, is the best place ever for reading over work.


We have a pool we've put up every summer for five years now. Each summer there's a new hole that needs patching, but (knock on wood) it still holds itself up!


I get visited by all sorts of "muses" when I work in the "outdoor office," and they demonstrate that being around nature truly is soothing. Some of my muses are a bit more welcome than others....

Bunny   Spiderrrr

So for as long as I have it, I'm going to enjoy my yard this summer, write within its fences while Grooveshark  plays in the backround, ignore the neighbors, not care that most wouldn't consider this fine outdoor living, and pour myself into books ... the ones I write and the ones I read.

What's on your bright side this summer?