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Samantha Martz

A lovely front yard.

Jenny Wren's

Your yard looks just beautiful. I would join you there for a glass of sweet tea and we could just smell the roses! I share your critter passion. However, mine seem to be snails and slugs, they are eating everything, I have taken to beer and eggshells-for the snails, of course,not for me:)Can't wait for the new book!

Bridgette

I agree, we need to do what we can but focus on our own back door.

My brother has gone to work on the spill, he is a marine specialist and reports that it is devastating:(

But, your lawn looks lovely and if you keep your secret weapon on hand it should be beautifuln no time!

Karen

The pictures are lovely. I know what you mean about the professionals - we have a lake home in a vacation community. The work force is on "lake time." If its deer or turkey season or the fish are biting, forget it. I laughed til it hurt once when I saw an ad on the bulletin board in the grocery store. In huge letters across the top it read 'WE SHOW UP!' I guess it didn't matter what sort of work they did, one would hire them just because they SHOWED UP. Anyway, we have decided not to be frustrated; it's part of the charm of the place and we rather enjoy being on "lake time" ourselves.

REPLY: Karen, that's pretty funny!

Our "wake-up call" happened shortly after we moved in. All the phone lines went down in our neighborhood, hours went by with nothing happening, so eventually we called the phone company from a friend's house and were told, "they are all down at the RODEO, call back tomorrow." This was before everyone had cell phones and email.

I've come to accept the way things are, but sometimes, it is frustrating. Hearing your story gives validation to my feelings, which I admit, seem petty sometimes in view of the bigger problems out there, but we have to laugh about it sometimes. Thanks for the chuckle! ~Vicki

Lena

Your roses are very pretty Vicki, and the new hardscape is stunning. I've been immersed in garden books lately, thinking that it is time for some large changes. Nothing on such a grand scale as yours, but you've certainly inspired me.

It's hard not to want to make a difference in the world, especially when so many sad things are happening all at once. I know that taking care of one's own family, home and community do make the world a better place, and I'm grateful for all that I have, and for all the ways in which I can try to make things better for others. My ways seem small sometimes in a world that sometimes overwhelms us, but I know that I'm not the only one, and many small efforts, do add up. Thank goodness for those people that can go beyond and think larger in the grand scheme of things. Recently, I watched an interview with Bill and Melinda Gates, and Warren Buffet on the ways they are giving back their wealth to make a difference, and their example is inspiring others to think about how much is enough and now others are giving more. That is the kind of thinking that will change the world. We can all do more, I think, even if in small ways. Making this link known is one of those ways. I appreciate it, thank you.

Kate

your yard is always so beautiful! Very inspiring! Love to see the wildlife too!

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