Wednesday, June 4, 2008

The end of a beautiful thing

It's not winter or fall. It's dead. My beautiful tree in the back yard became anemic and is dying out. We are so sad. We will plant another tree when we cut this down.
My beautiful gazebo! I got the bench for mother's day. I will plant ivy around the gazebo that will grow up over it and be even more beautiful. More of our dying tree.

Mike and I were bummed about our tree. It's 30 years old and has provided much shade. We will have to plant another and wait for it to grow. It will cost $450 to have it taken out, so we are going to try to do it ourselves.

We had a family night discussion Monday and then Abby and I went out and laid on the trampoline and watched the stars. It was nice. We have been eating simple, being relaxed, and enjoying our time. I didn't know it could be so hard to relax, but when you have been super busy for years, it's hard to purposely do little or nothing. I'm managing though. :-) I have little to write about because I don't do anything. I did go walking twice today though. That was to counteract the 3 times I had ice cream. :-)

I am sad about the rising prices of airlines and gas prices. My children are getting spread out all over the US and it will be very expensive to go see them. I will need to figure out my web cam if I'm going to keep a relationship with my grandchildren.

This is the quietest summer I have ever had. Abby is babysitting for someone 4 days a week (Monday through thursday) and cleans house for someone else on Friday. Mike is still working everyday at school. Noah goes to Options and then works. That leaves me alone all day everyday. I know- all you young mothers out there would be in heaven to have a day to yourselves! This is a new phase in my life and it's not as easy as it sounds. I have been taking advantage of it though and have taken naps- which I have needed- blogged, watered my plants, taken walks, and finally watched some tv. I don't feel much like sewing or reading or anything like that. I feel quite lazy and I guess that's ok for now.

I was given a calling recently to be a weekly patron at the temple. They have a shortage of patrons during the day so I am to go at least once a week, Monday through Friday during the hours of 8:00 and 4:00. It keeps me going which I should do anyway.

We are looking forward to our visit to Sarah in July. Before we do that, we need to get the garage cleaned out and get ready for the fireworks stand. DI here we come!


Farrell Family said...

The backyard/gazebo look great. What a bummer about the tree. I can't believe you have to pay to have it taken out. Sheesh.
Good luck with the garage. That'll be nice to have that area reclaimed...after the fireworks stand I guess.
We'll really have to start doing family reunions now that everyone is spreading out. I wish we were closer and could visit more often. But we are excited to see you guys next month and are glad you can come.

Kathy & Dave Whittle said...

That's too bad about your tree. I love the gazebo and bench, though! I would have no room for a gazebo. I can imagine it has to be hard to have no children home during the day, even in the summer. I'm glad that you are finally able to take some much needed time for yourself. In a couple of weeks you'll be busy with the fireworks stand, then going to California, and then reunions, so your summer might pass by quicker than you think. Plus, I'm hoping to come up soon and check out the reunion lodge & visit you!

Stephanie said...

I think your gazebo with be so beautiful covered in ivy! What a wonderful little backyard retreat. I'm glad you're able to have some time to relax, even though it's a big adjustment for you. I'm sure you'll soon be able to find ways to fill your time and enjoy yourself. And you're right - as a young mother, I would love to have so much time to myself! But I guess I'll understand better when my kids are all growing up and leaving.

Melinda said...

I'm bummed the tree has to go! I loved the swing on it for the grandkids (and Evie...)

I'm really excited to see you at the reunion! I keep looking at my calendar and realizing it's only coming one day at a time. Darn it. But now there are only like five weeks and then you can see my girls. And me. And probably indulge in a foot masssage...

Michelle said...

One of the trees in our backyard has died. But the house is too new for the trees to provide much shade, and the Air Force will leave it there for a good long while. Sorry your's has to come out. Enjoy your nice quiet time, I know you're not used to it, but you have worked hard and totally deserve it!

Karen said...

How sad for you that the tree has to go. The tree you gave me several years back is planted at our Kuna house. It is quite big now and provides some shade in the back yard. It will continue to grow, and I will continue to miss it. Getting on with your life is so hard! I am glad for now that Ii workk full time. I still have a little time to help others, work on my yard and do some sewing, but that means I am REALLY busy. I am really looking forward to going down to the viewing and funeral with you and being able to see so much family. It is so important to cherish the time we have with family now and to let them know how important they are to us. This life is too short. Love you lots, and see you soon.