I am getting better at paying attention to the breaks in the weather and making sure I get outside. There is plenty of clean up to do during the season of falling leaves. I am also working on reclaiming small spaces in my garden. I think it is a hopeful effort.
A year ago, I don’t think I would have put gardening in my top 5 retirement activities but it has been rising steadily. When we moved into this house, 33 years ago, I spent a lot of time fighting with the ivy and blackberries to make a space for a garden. For years, I had herbs and vegetables and lots of perennials. I had a chair close enough to the play set for supervision but far enough away to sit and read or quilt. Then life hiccuped and there were a few years when summer gardening was not an option. After that, it felt like such a big job and being in education, my summer seemed shorter every year.
Now, I have time, I have energy, I have resources. I have images in my head of a place for my chair so I can sit and read. There will be digging room for the boys and plenty of space for veggies and herbs. I have started following more gardening blogs and placed holds on gardening books. I even have a small notebook that will be my garden planner. For now, I will be reading and sketching and planning and raking and pruning. Like I said, it feels like a hopeful effort.