Where is Your Zen?

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When I walked out on my patio this morning, I was wishing I could just sit here and enjoy the cool for a while and listen to the birds sing while enjoying my coffee. Alas, That was not to be, since Thursday is one of my work days. That’s cool though, I love my job. It was 75 degrees though, and I knew it would be brief since the projected high for today was 99!

Later on in the day, it hit me that I neglected to mention in my post yesterday that it would have been my mom’s 85th birthday, something that had been on my mind all day. Maybe I was protecting my family from being sad or maybe I put up my own mental block, I don’t know. Anyway, Dad and I know what all the significant days are but neither of us mention it. We all have our own ways of coping with loss and I guess ours is just being together for each other. It might be my need to heal or mother but I have to say, it is always tempting to say something, I’m always afraid he will think I’m forgetting-as if I could…ever. But I don’t, because I don’t want to make him cry and he is still very emotional, of course.

This evening, when I got home, I walked back out there again and realized I’m creating an oasis of sorts, a peaceful place to relax and reflect, tropical in decor, zen in my mind. At least when it’s not being used for the main purpose, which is entertaining family and friends. I look forward to a long holiday weekend, no matter what we do, and I hope everyone reading has a safe, happy 4th of July! Tell me your plans, what or where is your happy place? Is it a physical place or a place you go to in your mind? Feel free to comment below, I look forward to hearing all about it!

Work in Progress

So, today I thought I’d share a couple of the decorations I’ve been working on for my patio. Since we have only been in our new house a few months, it has taken me awhile to decide what I want for my patio to look like. My sisters-in-law have been helping me plan and the folks who lived here before us left some nice wall art, so….we decided to make it look like coral. Then my sister-in-law gave me some metal fish that look similar to the metal that will become the coral. Here is a preliminary look at what I have so far.

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So there you have it, before and after, however, the coral needs a second coat and I only have one fish done. That’s ok, there’s always tomorrow! Maybe when the whole patio is done, I’ll post the pics and I’d love to get your feedback. It’s kind of a beachy, tropical theme and I also incorporating flip flops.

In the meantime, I need more paint and some new plants, among other things. It’s coming along though, all in due time. We are working inside the house as well, so….as time and money permit, ya know? This is how I spent one of my free days, and I’m happy with it!

 

Welcome!

imageWelcome to my patio, a place where we can relax, be ourselves, and talk about whatever we want. I’m sitting here on my brand new furniture, enjoying the morning with a hot cup of “bulletproof” coffee and thinking about what to transplant next. My sister-in-law gave me some new pots, and I’m just dying to fill them. I want to stick to a more tropical look, a feat since I live in north central Texas, where the heat and humidity are completely different than when we lived close to the coast in Groves.

Anyway, I want to invite all my former readers to stay with me here, and if you want to follow the old site, Essentially Paleo Life, it will find a new home at www.kimsmyth.org. There, I will continue my Paleo journey, as soon as I get the site designed and ready to go live, or I may change my mind and start something new. Here, I’m established already and I do hope to keep you engaged with new, fresh stories and posts. Let’s have some fun, dish about plants and anything else that crosses our minds, and let me know what your interests are. What do you want to know more about? What kind of plants do you like? How do you want your yard and/or patio to look. Do you like to cook, write, or dig in the dirt-because I do, and I love to listen to my favorite music while I’m at it (except for when writing that is), cause music makes everything better. Feel free to contribute ideas and ask questions and I’ll be seeing you, on the patio!