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Connie Moorekeeping a garden journal

A gardener’s life can be anything but smooth and steady as spring’s weather and our human urges to plant come together in the garden and yard. Together though, with friendship and camaraderie, work gets done, plants grow and produce. Sunshine, rain, snippets of conversation with a robin, an overwhelming feeling of earthly satisfaction all go into a journal so future generations can know how it looked, how it felt, how it turned out for us and this love called gardening.

mom in her garden

Mom always wore skirts and a gardening hat as she worked in flowers and vegetable garden.

She kept journals throughout her many years and always entered the day's activities and special notes.

"Lots of clean-up to do, I don't mind, the yellow-gold iris are in bloom and coral bells — a little early but I do love to work in the blooms."

mom's pond

"Lots of lilies. I am getting better with the camera, I see a toad on one of the lily pads! Goldfish survived the winter. Goldie and the others are hiding today, but this evening they will surface looking for a handout."

robin in the garden

"Roby is there every morning to greet me. He thinks he owns this piece of land. But he is good at sharing with me and I depend on him to keep an eye on things. Especially bugs. He does not fly off, but keeps to the edges while I am working. It is nice to have a quiet companion to share my morning with."

raised garden bed

"I can no longer walk out to the far end of the old garden. Rusty made raised garden beds here at the back door. I am able to work in them and feel blessed to have another year with my flowers and vegetables. And am so blessed to have a grandson who understands what my garden means to me."

"Rusty reminded me to write down the number of butterflies today. He shares this love of land and creatures with me. He looks at the journal whenever he comes. And we talk about it." 

charlotteb
4/26/2016 2:41:11 PM

Reading your Mom's journal entries was wonderful. My Mom, who has been gone since 1993, had a journal (of sorts) and when I see her unmistakable handwriting, it's like she's here with me. Thanks for reminding me.


nebraskadave
4/24/2016 8:43:19 AM

Connie, my garden and life journal is my blogs. I have trouble with a daily journal. It just doesn't seem to work for me. I start one and some weeks later only have a few entries. Blog comments are a much better way for me to document my life activities. When I comment, I write it in a personal only blog and copy it over to the blog it's intended. I keep a daily record of all my comments which is my journal. There are other things in the journal as well. A long term to do list and an accomplishments for the day list keep track of my daily activities. Pictures are included in this daily blog entry. It's just what works for me. Most young folks today keep their life history on Facebook but I like to keep mine a little more private and just allow those I want to see my comments and thoughts. ***** Have a great day with your journal.