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Be still…then move on

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Fresh strawberries from our own patch

One of the delightful aspects of country life is that we have plenty of room for gardens on our 2.25 acres.  Flower gardens surround the perimeter of our house with quite an assortment of perennials. A garden of blueberry bushes provides a bounty of berries every year at this time.

And a vegetable garden, which Papa plants and tends each spring and summer, graces our back yard. He provides the hard labor, I get to help harvest, and we both enjoy the abundance of fresh produce right from our plot of land.

During my blogging break of just being still, our garden provided good food for my stomach (as evidenced in my photos here) while my mind produced good thoughts for writing once more.

This year, Papa’s new strawberry plants, placed in the soil last year, produced delicious berries. Often we just ate them straight from the garden; other times we topped a breakfast waffle with them. Scrumptious with a spritz of whipped cream.

Our early peas were, by far, the sweetest and tastiest peas we’ve ever eaten, so Papa made note of what kind of seeds he planted so we can try them again next year.

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Fresh peas from our own garden

Unfortunately, that plot of ground supplying our garden goodies attracts wildlife to our salad bar, so every year, Papa must erect some fencing around it to keep out the marauding deer.

But the rabbits easily burrow under the fence so we’re fighting them off as best we can. Those green beans, cucumber, tomato, and pumpkin plants prove just too tempting for the critters but we’re attempting to beat them to the goodies.

During my blogging sojourn, I truly relished watching our garden grow, thankful for the rain and sunshine that nourished it, and for the goodies that in turn nourish us.

We not only need food for our bodies, we need food for our souls and that’s just what I accomplished during my writing break.

Today is the last in my series of “Be Still” posts. Just as I moved on from my blogging hiatus and once again plunked myself down at the keyboard with more words to express, I’m moving forward with more posts on a variety of subjects as inspiration comes.

I do hope you will visit and revisit my blog as I continue writing my garden of words here in this virtual world just like Papa and I visit and revisit our garden in the real world.

“I used to visit and revisit it a dozen times a day, and stand in deep contemplation over my vegetable progeny with a love that nobody could share or conceive of who had never taken part in the process of creation.  It was one of the most bewitching sights in the world to observe a hill of beans thrusting aside the soil, or a rose of early peas just peeping forth sufficiently to trace a line of delicate green.”
–   Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mosses from and Old Manse



Mama of this empty nest, I’m content to live a quiet, country life with my husband of 40+ years and to view gorgeous sunsets off our own back yard deck. Mama to three adults and Nana to adorable grandchildren, my empty nest fills up again with noise and laughter when they all return 'home'. A former English teacher, reporter/editor, education director for a non-profit organization, and stay at home mom, I retired after a season of substitute teaching at a private academy. Now I enjoy time spent with my grandchildren and family and writing words that seem to pour out of my soul or wandering around the countryside with my camera. Foremost, my faith sustains me as I meander through the empty nest stage of life. My favorite scripture is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

8 thoughts on “Be still…then move on

    1. Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed my ‘be still’ series. I truly could go on with it, but I don’t want it to get stagnant…so off I go in what ever direction God leads me. Thank you also for being such a faithful reader of my blog and your always encouraging comments! ♥

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  1. What a great garden of thoughts and a real harvest of fresh vegetables. Those peas look scrumptious! For a number of years Bill had a raised bed garden that worked until the deer jumped the fence. He eventually gave up. Fortunately we have a generous nearby gardening friend who is already donating lettuce, tomatoes and green beans.


    1. Those peas WERE yummy! Best we’ve ever grown. Pesky critters definitely discourage gardening, don’t they? Hubby thinks he may just sit in the back yard with a BB gun to scare the bunnies off. I’m thinking they’ll just come back when he isn’t out there. They are bold little critters and have even come up onto our front porch! I’m glad you have a friend who shares goodies with you. Homegrown produce is the best, isn’t it?


  2. Try a hot wire. (Only not when Little Elf is outside. ) Solar panel, a bit of wire and no more bunnies, possums or raccoons invading your space. Or skunks. Gracious, we have so many possums and skunks around here with a sprinkling of raccoons for variety. It is a battle! 😊

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  3. Wow – sounds like a GREAT harvest, and you know that I can definitely relate to the wildlife issues…. Although I don’t plant any veggies, they certainly enjoy some of my plants. That’s usually perennials that I planted before I knew better, and each year, they return, only to be lunch/dinner for the deer.
    I certainly have enjoyed your “be still” series, and look forward to what you have in store for your readers next!

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    1. I knew you could identify with the critter problem. Last year when hubby planted the new strawberry plants, deer ate some of them before he got the fence up. The fence (although it looks ugly) solved the deer situation but those darn bunnies get right under it. I’m glad you like my ‘be still’ thoughts, thanks!!


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