I am not sure if I have shared the little area between the dining patio on the side of my cottage, and the living room patio, behind my cottage. (I do not believe I have...)
This is the area where I had grand plans in my head, envisioning a garden shed, and a raised garden bed, complete with pea gravel.
Well, ask and you shall receive, as they say.
Several months ago, we got the garden shed (special shout out to my Rock n' Roll Buddy) and I painted to match my cottage's new paint job. I put my makeshift potting table next to the side of the shed, which I envisioned would look great, but instead it just magnified the weeds and bare dirt to any visible blades of grass ratio in the area.
Summer arrived. Life was busy, and transforming this little area of yard fell to the bottom of my to-do list. When my son-in-law was dropping off the band of brothers for Camp Cupcake, he pointed out that the area would be a great fire pit area, while I shared that my vision was for a raised garden bed to grow vegetables and herbs. A good idea, he agreed, and I never thought about it again.
The following weekend, Ralph and I went out of town. Imagine my complete and total surprise when my daughter texted a picture of a "little" project her hubbs was working on in my yard. (They wanted to surprise me, but then were not sure on the placement for the raised bed.)
(They had it in the perfect spot!)
I squealed, and launched into an ugly cry face in two seconds.
(Ralph was in on it and was not surprised. The fact that he was able to keep that secret was an even bigger surprise to me.)
I wish I had some good (or bad, depending on how you look at it) "Before" pictures, but I don't. You'll have to trust me when I say the difference in the entertaining areas of my backyard are huge, even without any veggies planted yet.
It's turning into a little slice of outdoor cottage heaven, right here on earth, with a lot of help from my family. I am truly blessed, and appreciate them all!
I told you I've been crazybusy, and part of what has been keeping me so busy is my grown up job. I'm currently working on spreading the word throughout my company about a program I run the recruiting end of for audiology doctorate students during their last year of school, (Like a residency) and I am having a grand time using think-outside-the-box methods to get my fellow coworkers excited about it.
On August first I announced that we, the Company, (and by "we" I shared, I meant me.) had declared August as "Extern Awareness Month", and I'd be showcasing information about the Program throughout the month. I started with a simple display in the kitchen first thing that Monday morning.....It was the day after Camp Cupcake, so I ran to the grocery and purchased bakery mini-cinnamon rolls and little hostess donuts. I added little flags, and a sign, and called it done...it's amazing what a little flag can do for store-bought treats!
Then, the week before last I came up with brochures that outlined how cool the program really was. I called it "Food For Thought" because...well, gifts of food seem to be the way to a neighboring department's heart.
Last week I shared a cleverly worded timeline for the program, along with an equally clever frequently asked questions sheet. Next week will wrap up my self proclaimed "Extern Awareness Month" with a pop quiz on what they've learned, with Starbucks cards for the winners. (These are some highly competitive folks, so I am anticipating good participation.)
I am not sure how many of you work outside your home full time, or part time for that matter, but I share this all because creativity and fun are not reserved for home alone. You can take pretty much any kind of meeting and add a level of polished whimsy to it. Heck, you can celebrate a day of the week, for that matter. (I currently have a plan up my sleeve to begin celebrating Fridays at my grown up job.) Do you do things at work to add some fun? I'd love to hear your ideas!