MJP Gratitude Challenge – Garden Update

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I am grateful for my garden, and the happiness it brings. I spend around two hours every day taking care of the garden, and I love it! 


Every Saturday I host a gratitude challenge. I share something that I am grateful for, and encourage you to do the same!

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. – Melody Beattie

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I’m turning a corner of my front yard into a mini orchard. Still some work left to do. LOL.

There’s so much to be grateful for this week! This week have been filled with an abundant flow of good things, both material, and spiritual. The week started with a totally unexpected bonus from a client, for a job that I did three years ago!

My daughter have showed an increased interest in helping me with things around the house, and have actually made my work this week much smoother. In combination with a lot of laughter, and good times. Seeing her grow as a person makes me smile every day. Our conversations are becoming very interesting! I’m starting to think that maybe I need to homeschool her? It would make me very sad if her thirst for knowledge would die in a school environment. She is not the kind that like to sit still (wonder where she gets that from…) She loves exploring, and trying different theories. There is no end to her ideas! I’ve spent a lot of time this week looking into different homeschooling options. I don’t have to decide until next summer, luckily. Right now I’m thinking that the smoothest choice would be to start a private school, with me as the teacher, and enroll her as a student. We already study all the mandatory subjects (and more,) in a more experimental way, learning by doing. (I would of loved to go to “my school” as a kid; organic gardening, photography, horsemanship, LOTS of reading, drawing, baking, and field trips. )

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I emptied some of the garden beds in the back this week. The ones that I already harvested, and made room for some more fruit trees. This is a Fay Elberta (peach tree) seedling. 

Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for. – Zig Ziglar

Our rescue horse, Ariel, is doing great. She have a very sweet personality, but I’ve been a bit concerned about her feet. She was absolutely terrified when I took out a farrier to trim her feet a couple weeks ago. They were in bad need of a trim. I can handle her feet, and thought it would go OK with an experienced farrier giving her a trim. She did not think so. She’d let him trim her front hooves, but totally freaked out after that. It’s not often I’ve seen a horse as terrified as she was, when he was about to start trimming her back hooves. She must of had some really bad experience, at some point. I politely told the farrier that I’m going to work more with her, and that he didn’t need to do anything.

Since then I stepped back, and started all over again. Spending a lot of time touching her hind legs (I’ve discovered lots of scars on her legs, likely from barbwire fencing,) and massaging her hooves. Just making it comfortable for her, without pressure. Yesterday I asked her if she would let me help her trim them a little bit. At first she said no. She was tied up at our grooming spot. I stepped back, and massaged the sole of her hooves, she likes that. After that I took the halter of, gave her some scratches, and thanked her for our session.

She started to follow me around. I picked up the clippers (her hooves are so long that they need to be clipped, before they can be trimmed with a rasp,) she kept following me. I stopped in the middle of the round-pen. The gate was open. She did not wear a halter. We stood there for a minute. I walked up to her left hind leg, the left hoof is the worst hoof (it has some big chunks hanging of it.) She slowly held up her leg. There was no aggression in the movement. She wanted me to help her be more comfortable, but was scared to feel trapped. She let me clip both of her back hooves in this manner, without a halter and with the gate open. I did not hold the hoof at all, she held it up for me. I only took a little bit on each hoof. She was totally relaxed, and we ended on a good note. I was very relieved. I know she’d been uncomfortable. I’m going to take it slow, a little bit every day. Her hooves are going to be a project. They are not bad, just neglected. I am very grateful that she trusted me this much.

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Apricot Tree Seedling

There’s no end on things to be grateful for this week. Yesterday a lady gave me 19 fruit tree seedlings; Fay Elberta Peaches, White Peaches, Apricots, and Nectarines. I made room for them in my garden, some in garden beds, and some in the front yard. I am very excited about that! Most of them are still small, and it will take about three years before there will be fruit on the trees, but how exciting!

White Peach Tree Seedling

As always, I hope that your week have been filled with good things. Thank you for sharing some time with me today! I would love it, if you would join my Gratitude Challenge! Write about something you are grateful for, and tag your post MJP Gratitude Challenge.

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. – Denis Waitley

Happiness is your choice! Have an amazing Saturday!



11 thoughts on “MJP Gratitude Challenge – Garden Update

  1. Your garden grows and I see newcomers! Yes, fruit trees need a lot of care and time to wait for something delicious. Most of our trees are several years at my granny’s garden, so only recently we were lucky to pick up our first fruits, they were very sweet I have never eaten anything better. Wish you many lucks and soonest harvest!
    I believe your idea about private school is so wonderful, you have an appropriate education and, moreover, you do feel children, I bet you will be a very nice teacher and your students will love you. I actually have no doubts, go ahead, Maria, and never stop, your dreams will help you to achieve your goals.
    Wish you an amazing Sunday too! Take care!

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  2. Do your research and choose a school wisely and I’m sure you would be happy with what they could offer your daughter. A carefully chosen school does not stifle children, instead it will encourage, invigorate and nurture. Perhaps what you need is a school which encourages and fosters parent input and participation and I know there are plenty that do. Putting your child’s development into the hands of a stranger is the hardest thing to do, but if you start looking and asking questions now you will find the perfect place for your daughter.


  3. How fun that your garden is thriving. Have you heard about the Findhorn garden in Scotland? They worked with the plant devas and had amazing results.
    I think it would work out great if you did home schooling. Much better than the regular schools.
    How wonderful with Ariel! You have a connection with horses for sure. 🙂

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    • Thank you my friend. No, I have not heard of the Findhorn, I’ll have to do some research 🙂
      Thank you for your kind words!
      BTW I learned something new about “your mountain” yesterday. That the beautiful, special clouds that you sometimes capture so wonderfully, are called Eon clouds. You already know the story about the Eons. I didn’t know that they actually named those kind of clouds after them. Interesting. Did you know?


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