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One Hour at a Time

Post #225

26 May 2020

 

“One Hour at a Time”

by Lynda McKinney Lambert

 

Three years ago~

I  stood on the hillside that separates our property from the neighbors.  This is a view that I see daily from the bay window in our dining room.  The window faces the north-east and brings light into the house early in the day.

Near the top of the hillside, there were five pine trees in a row.  Bob and I planted those trees fifty years before this day.  In fact, a couple of them were our Christmas trees nearly a half-century ago.

We called in the tree service to give us advice on what to do, and of course, we already knew that it was time for the towering trees to come down.  Like most people who plant trees near their homes, we never realized how large they would grow and how much of a danger they would be to the house eventually.  But now we knew what we had to do.  The trees were taken down, and it was surprising how much space and light  there was without those trees.

After the trees were gone, we now had to face the thick and fast-growing weeds that soon filled the area. It was a tangled and out-of-control mess!   I wanted to begin the work of clearing it out and making it an attractive garden.
But, when I stood there looking at this jungle that was about eighty feet in length, I became overwhelmed at the prospect of beginning. I was at a loss of how to begin to clear it up – I felt defeated at the thought of facing this challenge.

As the days turned into weeks, I finally had an inspiration of what I could do to begin to make this space into something positive and lovely.  Two words came into my mind – One Hour!

Yes, I thought that perhaps I can do anything for just one hour, no matter how much work it will be.

A quiet internal voice asked,
“What might  happen today if  you go outside and begin to pull weeds and cut out unwanted plants for just one hour?”

“Just one hour?”

I will begin, and in one hour, I will stop.  I will look around and see what I accomplished in one Hour.

When the Hour was up – I stopped to survey the progress.  The amount of cleaned-up space surprised me so much that I kept on working for nearly 2 hours. Now, I was excited, and I could see that this was a project that can happen and have good results if I just give myself one Hour a day to work on it.

As summer progressed, the Hosta Plants and the Lilies and Ferns took root and began to thrive.
I bought a nice new hose that was lightweight and easy to move around.  Morning and evening, I was often tending my hillside garden.  I put in a few solar lantern lights, and it was so thrilling when evening came, and I could see the little lights coming on one at a time.
My garden had a magical feeling to it – and I asked Bob to come and take a walk with me in the twilight so we could see the yard light up as we walked arm in arm down the sidewalk.

I did it all, One Hour at a Time.

 

Today ~
This is my third springtime to work on that hillside.

To be honest about it, I feel overwhelmed almost as much as I was 3 years ago.

 I am facing all the weeds that took over during the winter and early spring months.

But here is what is different this year.

 I remember that I can do this again.

I’ll do it just one Hour at a time.

I can’t wait to see how it looks when I am finished.

 

I love when the lilies are blooming,

the Hostas waving  their lavender flags,

and the ferns moving gently  in the  breeze.

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If you live the life you love, you will get the blessings from above.

~Van Morrison (Irish mystic)

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Mission Statement for Lynda McKinney Lambert, Author & Artist

My Books

I am the keeper of memories. I reveal what is forgotten, lost, or unseen.
I bring  Gifts  to the King  through spare poems and thoughtful personal essays.
I bring Gifts to the King  through brilliant colors, precious materials, and tiny movements of my slender needle – one stitch at a time.
My writing and my artworks are personal prayers, my Gifts to the King.
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“Self Portrait” by Lynda McKinney Lambert.

Photo taken at the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA.
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Nature

Friday Favs – SNAKE PLANT

Post #168

Friday, 8 February 2019

Friday Favs

SNAKE PLANT

Have you ever said –

“Nothing grows for me – I’m no gardener.

I kill everything!”

Before you write yourself off as a failure at growing plants or flowers –

consider buying a SNAKE PLANT.

You might find this an easy plant to take care of and you might even find some flowers blooming on your SNAKE PLANT one day.

You will be doing a “happy dance” all around the room!

Give  SNAKE PLANT a chance.

According to an article in the Old Farmer’s Almanac Newsletter on  February 6, 2019,

“A Snake Plant” is  also known as “Mother-in-Law’s Tongue.”  That was a surprise to me.

In the 1980s,  I attended an auction at the home of a neighbor.  When the auctioneer held up a pitiful looking Snake Plant, I was the only bidder on it.  Obviously, it had ben sadly neglected for a long time. The long leaves of the plant were withered and  discolored – it did not look promising. But, I came home with that plant and began to take good care of it. The plant  responded to the light watering I gave it and it was not long before my Snake Plant began to send up tender shoots of new plants. Better yet, it started to bloom! That is a thrill when your succulent blooms.

The Snake Plant in my home today, is the same one I bought over thirty years ago at that auction sale on a summer day.

Each year, I bring my prized Snake Plant  indoors for winter, and it spends about 6 months of the year outside on my wraparound porch.

I make sure it is shielded from rain  because it does not like to be wet. And,

On my porch, it  gets a few hours of sunshine every day. It is on the south/west side of the porch. My Snake Plant rewards me with  lots of little white  flowers blooming on long stems, nearly  every year. I would say this is a plant that keeps on giving – for a lifetime. I expect one day this plant will be handed down in the family for another generation to enjoy. I’ve given starts off of it to family members over the years, too.

For additional information on growing Snakeplant and other succulents, please visit the Old Farmer’s Almanac.  You can read much more about how to care for your own Snake Plant.

I’d love to hear from YOU –

Do you have a Snake Plant?

I hope I have encouraged you to give SNAKE PLANT  a try.  Refer to the great article in the Old Farmers Almanac Newsletter for everything you need to know about this and many other plants you can grow in your home.  

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I appreciate your visits and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Photos by Lynda McKinney Lambert.  “my Snake Plant”

Copyright 2019. Lynda McKinney Lambert

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Seasons

Friday Favorites – William’s Red Roses

June 15, 2017

“William’s Red Roses”

 

Friday Favorites —

William’s Red Roses

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A Favorite Story

from the book

Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems

by Lynda McKinney Lambert

 

This weekend is Father’s Day.

 

Father’s Day  holds a bittersweet  memory of my relationship with my own father, William McKinney (1916 – 1988).

The story begins on page 45 in my book,

Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems. DLD Books, 2017.. 

From the beginning, when I first wrote this story, it  is a favorite story.