Saturday, June 17, 2023

The Joy of Plenty

This week it rained. I have been praying for rain for weeks now. Well my prayers have been answered. I have also been praying for a lot of other "things;" I guess rain was the easiest to deliver.  :)

The garden needed rain. This is the Yin Yang of gardening. We need rain. It comes (in torrents) and destroys the garden. The peonies drop, as do the roses and the more delicate ornamentals. I had to restake a Rose of Sharon too many times.

Still, it's better to see them hydrated, than parched. In fact, it has been a week not just of plenty of rain. It has been a week of plenty - period.

1. Plenty of rain!! OK I have repeated this, but then it did rain ALL week!

2. Plenty of connections!! Last Sunday I chatted to a friend for an hour, while I worked out a strategy to connect with my sister-in-law, who had missed our Sunday call. This is why we stay "connected" because if someone doesn't respond, we have to know why. We had a plan, however, we didn't have to use it!! It was simply a case of being involved and distracted. She called two hours later.....whew


3. Plenty of connections (part 2). Shortly after I chatted with my sister-in-law, my friend from England rang. This is 5:00pm our time and 11:00pm UK time. We go back a long time, (yes time tends to repeat itself. :) ) We met in our twenties. She will be 80 this month. Where has the time gone....and how can we get it back!!

4. Plenty of connections (part 3). I met with another friend for tea. I have followed her family connections for almost 20 years now. It's always so enriching to share our stories.

5. Finally, on Friday, I met with another friend, I haven't seen in 4 or 5 years. We go back to elementary school. It's one of those relationships where we pick up where we left off. Plenty of time spent reviewing the past and discussing the future!!

6. I spent "plenty of time" going over my novel. A friend gave me the connection to a person who evaluates books, before you spend the time and money to edit them. This is an invaluable connection.

7. I have plenty of roses in my garden. So much better than last year. I gave them plenty of manure in the Fall and the Spring. In turn they are giving me plenty of Joy right now.

Thank you so much for putting up with my harvest of plenty(s). I promise to chose another word next time..." :)

It's hard to pick just one of these for the Joy Jar this week, bit I think that it has to be "rain." It is the elixir to enhance all the other Joys!!

The plentiful garden.

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