Today was one of those beautiful blessed days where the sky is sunny and blue with a gentle breeze cooling you off just when you are thinking it’s getting a little warm out here. I was looking out the window and the trees were begging me to come outside for a nice long walk. I walked for one hour thinking about the good things that happened over the summer. There were some things that made me feel sad, too, of course, that is just the way life goes. One adventure for me this summer has been a successful garden on my deck. It has given me much joy and inspiration in the blooming of beautiful flowers from desiccated pots of last summer and pretty Zinnias I started from seeds at my kitchen window last winter. The queen of my deck garden has been the tomato plant that I wrote about in my piece in June, the Automatic Tomato Watering Machine. It worked like a charm. I only watered my tomatoes maybe two or three times this entire summer and fall. The spiders loved it and as a bonus I received the most beautiful spider webs to look at after our return from vacation.
Another garden success story was the herbs planted in leftover pots. Parsley and two kinds of basils planted grew beautifully, so that I used them all summer long in favorite summer dishes. You know my garden, as in my life, is all about renewal. These past two weeks we celebrated the Jewish New Year Rosh Hashanah, 5774, followed by the holiday of Yom Kippur. The purpose of these holidays is to make you stop and take stock of your life and think things over. To see if you are satisfied with things as they are or whether changes need to happen. I believe that no matter how much we wish for things to stay the same they do not or will not. Decisions about money, family, and health are often the big questions that may require change. Do not be afraid to consider something new and if now is not the right time to make the big change look out a few months from today perhaps a change may be easier to make in baby steps.
Right now I am just enjoying this day, giving thanks for the harvest of my herbs and tomatoes, and fitting in more exercise every day. Taking in the beauty of this world and appreciating the bounty of the harvest I know that soon the weather will get colder and I will have to take apart my garden. But for today all I need to do is take a deep breath, relax and enjoy what I have, may be the answer to my daily stresses. I invite you to step out your door and take the time to enjoy the now as well as the beauty around you.