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welcome to my garden

hey y’all,

lazy. i must be lazy. i thought it was the heat. even the humidity. possibly my blood pressure? my thyroid?? that’s always a likely culprit. OR … i could blame it on the cancer treatments (some might call that playing the “cancer card”).

but no, it’s laziness. i confess it to you, my dear readers. all 4 of you. i just can’t seem to get myself in gear lately. or perhaps i should say i’m stuck in one gear: neutral. or is that even a gear?

okay, enough whining! i just had my 3 month oncology checkup and all is well. yea! also, i’m about to reach another milestone in this journey of survival: at the end of may, it’ll be two years since my cancer diagnosis. YEA again! thanks to each one of you for your prayers, good thoughts, words of encouragment and support. i wouldn’t be here today without you and your faithfulness.

after every good 3 month checkup, it feels as if i’ve been given a gift. another three months! which isn’t a bad thing for someone who’s learning to live ONE DAY at a time. three months sounds like a LONG time to me.

speaking of living … and having faith in the future, this is the first time in over a decade that i’ve actually planted something. i call it a garden, but it’s just barely. a garden, that is.

if you’ve done your homework, you know that we recently filled in our backyard inground pool (if not, back up and read my blog about it). it was a nasty affair, the pool and filling it in, so it seemed apropos to use that area for The Garden.

at this point, it has a little straggly apple tree (shades of charlie brown’s cmas tree … but sweet and sentimental and represents the ONE life that ben and i are making together), 3 rose bushes (significant number, for the three children i bore … and bore … and bore), two crepe myrtles (one for me, one for my sweet hubby) and a GORGEOUS vintage arch/arbor thingy i found in lampasas a couple of weekends ago. what it represents i do not know. maybe the welcoming of family and friends into our life (garden). i fell in love with it as soon as i saw it at crazy nana’s.

lordy me. but this business of planting is a painful proposition. first there’s the shopping (which i do well, unless it’s walmart and/or a payday … arghh), then the lugging of the plants/trees/soil mix/tools/gloves/pots/watering can/plant food/rose food (see?! i told you i shop well!) TO the car, then OUT of the car, then TO the patio/backyard. already i’m pooped and ready for a nap.

THEN you have the actual PLANTING of the plants. gawd-help-us. now, being the OCD middle child that i am, i had all my ducks in a row, as it were. my plants and bushes were lined up on the patio, sorted by color and variety, alphabetized and ready to plant. okay, i’m kidding about the alphabetizing. but truly, i had a PLAN for my garden. okay, so it was only in my head, but it was there: this plant would go here, that plant would go there. so on and so forth. blah blah blah.

i knew that my dear sweet hubby wanted a couple of trees, which was great (because i wanted them too). but i thought we would choose them.

together.

one day, he came home dragging a big pot with a tall stick shooting out from it.

“what is that?” i asked.

“a TREE!” he replies, and continues to drag it through the house, out the back door, straight to the virgin garden area. he grabs the shovel and before i can even speak (and that’s pretty quick) he’s already shoved the shovel into the ground.

whaaa??? what about my plans? my layout for the garden?? is that where the tree is supposed to go?!?! he has absolutely NO concept of my master plan, nor does he seem to care. i quickly weigh my options. is it worth saying something? stopping him, mid-shovel? he was determined and intent on planting that sad little stick of an apple tree.

right there. in that spot.

in the end, i didn’t have it in me to argue. i’d work around that little tree. i took it as a sign that THIS little apple tree would be the beginning of our garden, and as corny and as cheesy as it sounds, it would be a new beginning … the first day of our future. and so i pulled the bag of miracle grow over to the hole and we planted that little tree together.

i hope it survives. we’re watering it, feeding it, loving it (and yes, i’m talking to it every day … i read somewhere that it’s good to talk to plants). maybe one day it’ll surprise us with grand-apples. haha

geez this is getting long. time to stop the insanity. my word count is already 729. i can’t help it. verbosity runs in my family. my mom could never tell the simplest of stories in under an hour. i guess it’s true the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. 🙂 more gardening stories to follow … for now, enjoy the pics. and remember, it’s still a WORK IN PROGRESS!

love and hugs to all,
terry lee

The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,
One is nearer God’s heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.
~Dorothy Frances Gurney, “Garden Thoughts”

Gardens are a form of autobiography.
~Sydney Eddison, Horticulture magazine, August/September 1993

Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.
~English Nursery Rhyme

great rusty crusty arch for my garden. it's flanked by two crepe myrtles which are still in need of planting ...

great rusty crusty arch for my garden. it's flanked by two crepe myrtles which are still in need of planting ...

close up of arch design

close up of arch design

our little apple tree. bless its heart.

our little apple tree. bless its heart.

i call these my strawberry-banana roses ... pink and yellow

i call these my strawberry-banana roses ... pink and yellow

i think this is such a beautiful pink

i think this is such a beautiful pink

had to have yellow (rose of texas)

had to have yellow (rose of texas)

my three little rose bushes ... for alan, tara and matt

my three little rose bushes ... for alan, tara and matt

tara admires her work

tara admires her work

my patio table with new cushions and lovely pink begonias ... with a view of The Garden ... love that arch!

my patio table with new cushions and lovely pink begonias ... with a view of The Garden ... love that arch!

searched high and low for just the right cushions. didn't find them high, but found them at lowe's. haha

searched high and low for just the right cushions. didn't find them high, but found them at lowe's. haha

my patio makeover. it used to be verrrrry scary. now it's an outside room! very lovely and inviting. love it!

my patio makeover. it used to be verrrrry scary. now it's an outside room! very lovely and inviting. love it!

found these beads at the GW barn last week for 75c. they were a tangled mess that took hours to straighten out. but worth it!

found these beads at the GW barn last week for 75c. they were a tangled mess that took hours to straighten out. but worth it!

when the wind stirs the beads, it reminds me of raindrops. a perfect place for those silly 70s disco ball beads!

when the wind stirs the beads, it reminds me of raindrops. a perfect place for those silly 70s disco ball beads!

sort've the focal point of my patio ... an old metal shelf i picked up for a dollar. put some real sweeties on it (love my rose plates, saucers, cups, etc) and flanked it all with the two tall white shutters i got for a song at the lampasas city-wide

sort've the focal point of my patio ... an old metal shelf i picked up for a dollar. put some real sweeties on it (love my rose plates, saucers, cups, etc) and flanked it all with the two tall white shutters i got for a song at the lampasas city-wide

another view of my patio room ...

another view of my patio room ...

LOVE these pink hydrangeas! set them next to an old lawn chair covered in a vintage pink and white bedsheet, finished off with a pink pillow from big lots.

LOVE these pink hydrangeas! set them next to an old lawn chair covered in a vintage pink and white bedsheet, finished off with a pink pillow from big lots.

lace chandie i bought from sue a while back. added some color by putting pink roses on the ends

lace chandie i bought from sue a while back. added some color by putting pink roses on the ends

the little white wicker chair (from sue's) is perfect for my flowers!

the little white wicker chair (from sue's) is perfect for my flowers!

this is an old cracker barrel rocker that i found a few years back at an antique mall. painted it antique white and had been using it inside. i think it looks great on my patio. the mosaic piece next to it was marked way down at 'tuesday morning' because of a small chipped area. lucky me!

this is an old cracker barrel rocker that i found a few years back at an antique mall. painted it antique white and had been using it inside. i think it looks great on my patio. the mosaic piece next to it was marked way down at 'tuesday morning' because of a small chipped area. lucky me!

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hey y’all,

don’t know what came over me (laziness? apathy?? lethargy??? all of the above), but i just couldn’t get it together long enough to blog. IT being what, i do not know. maybe if i knew what IT was, i could find IT and use IT to write a blog.

hmmph.

anyhow, i’m here and going to do my best to stick with IT. sorry. i know how disappointed all my readers (hahahaha) get when they click over to read something clever and witty and funny and intelligent … and then they realize it’s MY blog they’ve clicked on. 😉

so i got sunburned this weekend but it was OH. SO. WORTH. IT. ohmygawd. there IT is! IT IT IT IT!!! i have found IT. it being JUNKING.

worth the sunburn, worth the crowdy areas (never knew the harker heights bank parking lot could hold so many people! and the little ol’ lampasas square … geez!), worth the near heart attack from getting stopped by one of lampasas’ finest for going 45 in a 35 (thank you, officer for giving me a warning and not a ticket … i shall not soon forget that lampasas is a sweet little speed trap), worth the elbows in my back (thank you very much, you crazy woman) from other bargain hunters, worth the hauling of junk around in the heat (and wild texas wind!) and cramming it all into my good ol’ trusty camry (thank GOD the backseat folds down!!), worth traipsing down a bazillion little county roads, farm-to-market roads, highways and byways of texas, chasing yard sale/estate sale signs that probably have blown 5 miles away from where they started …

SUCKING IN DEEP BREATH …

worth the gas money to find that PERFECT treasure, worth getting home at dark, worn out, bones creaking and aching, muscles throbbing from the walking and lifting, head pounding from the sunburn and wind (and having TOO much fun), worth having to haul all the junk OUT of the car and INTO the house or the patio or the backyard, worth having to figure out WTF you’re going to DO with all this crap you’ve dragged home. and most definitely worth IT when you finally rest your head on the pillow that night and dream of all the heavenly pieces you discovered that day … and how little you spent! or maybe to start justifying why you spent so much!

however you look at it, IT is worth it! if you’re reading my blog, you are a lover of junk. or me. haha. so you know what i’m talkin’ about. enjoy the pics. i’ll do my best to describe, explain or otherwise amuse you with the captions.

love and hugs to all,
terry lee

suh-weeeet rose plates from lampasas city-wide. first go around i was told $3 each. pal bonnie worked a deal and i got them all for $5!

suh-weeeet rose plates from lampasas city-wide. first go around i was told $3 each. pal bonnie worked a deal and i got them all for $5!

great little chair i plan to paint. 2 bucks. sigh! the little rose pillow 50cents!!

great little chair i plan to paint. 2 bucks. sigh! the little rose pillow 50cents!!

this is a compilation from several sales ... sweet vintage gloves, vintage scissors, old photo and a MARVELOUS vintage tote (purse) covered in roses. ohmygawd. LOVE these!

this is a compilation from several sales ... sweet vintage gloves, vintage scissors, old photo and a MARVELOUS vintage tote (purse) covered in roses. ohmygawd. LOVE these!

closer up, also in pic is a precious vintage crocheted doily

closer up, also in pic is a precious vintage crocheted doily

close up of vintage tote

close up of vintage tote

great old trellis for my new garden! thanks, bonnie!

great old trellis for my new garden! thanks, bonnie!

okay, THIS little lady is my favorite find of the weekend ... got her at nana's in lampasas. will use her somewhere, somehow out in my garden or on the patio. sooooo freakin' sweet!!!

okay, THIS little lady is my favorite find of the weekend ... got her at nana's in lampasas. will use her somewhere, somehow out in my garden or on the patio. sooooo freakin' sweet!!!

some pretties from my patio ... the little bench i found at the GW barn a few weeks ago. painted it out pink, attached some little plates and a birdie ... the little plants are from the lampasas sale, the rose vase is from the hh sale

some pretties from my patio ... the little bench i found at the GW barn a few weeks ago. painted it out pink, attached some little plates and a birdie ... the little plants are from the lampasas sale, the rose vase is from the hh sale

close up of my little patio/garden bench

close up of my little patio/garden bench

close up of one of the planters from lampasas ... an old horse planter. i'm not a horse fan, but i fell in love with this piece (and for 1.00, you would too!)

close up of one of the planters from lampasas ... an old horse planter. i'm not a horse fan, but i fell in love with this piece (and for 1.00, you would too!)

got two of these TALL shutters in lampasas (both for $5) ... the sweet plate on wood piece is sue's creation

got two of these TALL shutters in lampasas (both for $5) ... the sweet plate on wood piece is sue's creation

i stepped outside my pink comfort zone and bought this sweet yellow VINTAGE FIESTA pitcher ... was marked $48, but i got it for $2!!! yes, i know its lip is chipped. and it has a little red spot on it. so what? don't we all? haha

i stepped outside my pink comfort zone and bought this sweet yellow VINTAGE FIESTA pitcher ... was marked $48, but i got it for $2!!! yes, i know its lip is chipped. and it has a little red spot on it. so what? don't we all? haha

sweet little green shelf. i just put some cuties in there for the pic. will hang it somewhere on my patio

sweet little green shelf. i just put some cuties in there for the pic. will hang it somewhere on my patio

another sweet little piece ... a tiny bucket of pink roses from crafter's

another sweet little piece ... a tiny bucket of pink roses from crafter's

a PINK birdie, 66% off at hobby lobby. a PINK BIRD!! too wonderful.

a PINK birdie, 66% off at hobby lobby. a PINK BIRD!! too wonderful.

movie poster from the harker heights city-wide sale ... does it get any better than audrey hepburn?!

movie poster from the harker heights city-wide sale ... does it get any better than audrey hepburn?!

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Hey Y’all!

We’re past the half-way point of October and I’ve been debating whether to blog about this or not. Most of you realize that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month … and many of you know that I was diagnosed last year.

Call me superstitious, but I really didn’t want to chime in on the subject. Maybe because I still carry my sword and am fighting my own battle. They say I have to make it 5 years to become a “survivor”.

Well, I’ve made it 15 months since my diagnosis. I survived the surgeries. I survived the chemo (just barely!). I survived the radiation. I survived losing all my hair. And I am surviving the long-term medication that I take to keep the enemy at bay.

So call me what you will. But don’t dare say that I’m not a survivor.

Lest you think I’m a strong woman, I could not, would not have survived these last 15 months without the love, prayers and support of my precious husband, children, sister and dear friends … these and many more I call my prayer warriors. You know who you are.

Ladies, get your yearly mammograms. Please.

Love and hugs to all.

Terry Lee

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