It won't win any awards for landscaping and design, but, the back yard is looking nice and green after Monday's rain showers and Tuesday's drizzle. This picture was taken on Tuesday, from the back door steps. You can see the purple leaf mustard greens and mizuna (and baby beets) in the planting bed in the foreground, the practically leafless moringa tree growing in the heart shaped bed, one of the lemon trees (and a glimpse of a second lemon tree) to the left, growing against the white side wall of the garage, and the orange tree a bit further down, on the right of the picture (clicking on the picture will enlarge it, I believe).
Growing in the bed just behind the moringa tree are broccoli seedlings and the pea vines; I picked another five or so peapods, today (Wednesday) and added them to the leftover chicken stir-fry for tonight's dinner. The lone serrano chili pepper plant is growing just behind the bed with the peas and behind that, the peach tree, which has been pruned severely to minimize broken branches and falling over, later this summer. The Asian pear tree is behind the purple mustard plants, in a pentagonal planting bed! It started out as a square, as did the moringa tree bed, but, my planting beds change shapes at will! This was where the famous Fort Wawamelon was located!
M planted some watermelon radish seeds (keeping the watermelon theme going) and something else (carrots, I believe), around the Asian pear tree, today.
The small circular bed behind the Asian pear tree has the hibiscus plant growing in it and the black planter behind it, to the left, has the avocado tree growing in it. There is a plum tree behind that and a nectarine tree further back, but, they are barely visible because they don't have any leaves on them, yet. There really is no rhyme or reason why things are planted where they are, other than there was space in that spot, as we worked around what had already been planted and was growing!
My day didn't start out quite as early, today, as it did, yesterday. But, once morning devotions were said and I was dressed, etc., I walked in the drive way for a bit, collected the mail, and the two packages that had been delivered. They contain a punch needle kit and embroidery kit that my daughter ordered for herself with one of her Christmas gift cards and a pair of sweatpants and sweatshirt that we ordered for me. There's another pair of sweats that will arrive, tomorrow. Once they both arrive, I will do some decluttering!
M arrived a short time later and tended to the garden, planting several varieties of seeds: the watermelon radish seeds I mentioned above, carrots, Japanese spinach, a type of broccoli, and burdock. Now, it is a matter of keeping the cats away from where the seeds were planted and hoping things will sprout and grow!
Afterwards, I did a load of laundry, including the new sheet set. The patch held well and the new sheet is on daughter's bed. The sheet set included only one pillowcase and my daughter has more than one pillow; but, since my daughter doesn't use the flat sheet for covering, I will cut up the flat sheet to make more matching pillowcases for her.
In the evening, daughter and I took our painting class, together. This time, it was painting what they called "icy florals". We were shown the painting the instructor had already done, then, she showed us how to go about painting it. You start out by putting a dot for the center of each flower (there were three flowers) and you draw a five petalled flower around each dot, using brown paint (which was painted over, later). We were shown how to do the background first, going from light in one corner to darker at the lower area and then, the flowers. The finishing touch was to use some gold paint to highlight the flowers. These are the paintings my daughter and I did:
My daughter finished her painting by the end of the class; it took me at least 45 minutes longer to finish my painting; I still can't blend my background colors and my painting is bluer than what the instructor did. I also added leaves to mine, which was not part of the original painting being shown.
After I finished the painting, there was a lot more paint left in the palettes we used and rather than wash it all away, I decided to do another painting to use up the paint, in an old sketch book:
|Palette Cleaning Flower!|
This painting took me all of 15 minutes and much of that time was spent daubing all the leftover paint on the paper! LOL.
We had some of the leftover cottage pie for our lunch, today. For dinner, I added more peapods to the leftover chicken stirfry and cooked a pot of rice to go with it. Daughter had a banana and a slice of zucchini bread for her dessert; I had a couple of dates. Later, we shared apple slices and peanut butter.
Today, I am grateful for:
- The backyard garden
- M tending to the garden
- Free painting classes/painting with my daughter
- The new patched bedsheet
- Having packages delivered
Today's joyful activity was painting with my daughter.
Plans for tomorrow include doing some paperwork and maybe sewing pillowcases.
How was your Wednesday? What are your plans for Thursday?