Mel’s Monday Musings: May 6, 2019

What a Monday! It started with my teenager getting four surprise extractions done at the dentist’s (for crowding, not decay). She came through it well and is already healing. I’m pretty sure stuff like that bothers me longer than it bothers the kids!

The rest of the day was surprisingly beautiful. The sky was mesmerizing — so very vast and blue you could hang even your biggest dreams up there and know they’d never touch the ground. The sun was warm (almost hot, if you stood still with your back to it!) and everyone — birds, squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, people, you name it — was out enjoying the day.

I got a couple of miles of walks in and planted my shade garden. Might put a decorative border around it to help avoid mowing that area, but in general I don’t mind a sort of naturalized look. Manicured gardens are fine too; I’m just lazy and I like wild things. We have some of both going on right now.

My tulips (discounted at the home improvement store…woohoo! I didn’t start early enough for bulbs this year on those) went into the ground yesterday, and today they’re already starting to open. They were tightly closed and green yesterday, so I think they were just waiting to “put their feet down” into the rich soil that surrounds us.


It is hard to bloom without a sturdy foundation. There’s a lesson in there.

We’ve also been seeing a lot of this one male cardinal. So beautiful! Every time I reach for my phone to take his photo, he flies away. Yesterday, I saw a bluejay right after the cardinal flew off, and man, I’d forgotten how big jays are compared to most backyard birds! I won’t be sorry if that one doesn’t come around again, as they tend to be bullies. Pretty though.

In non-Random Yard Adventures, I did a Scary Thing and finally made a Facebook page for my art and poetry. There’s not much there yet, but I’d love it if you gave it a like or share sometime! I won’t post if I don’t think it will add value, so you don’t have to worry about being flooded with random stuff from me.

I just finished reading What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon, and if you haven’t read it, you might pick it up when you get a chance. It’s a story by turns sweet and grim, and compelling (historical fiction) without being too heavy.

Alrighty, that’s it from me! Your turn. How’s it going over there, y’all? Are you growing anything (veggies, flowers…piles of unread books)?