Stop and Smell the Roses

 

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Yellow roses

I thought this post was going to be about my awesome Craigslist find this week. I had it almost entirely written in my head and was just waiting for a moment to be able to sit down and write the post. I was also waiting for a moment when the sun was out and my house was clean to take a picture of my great score. Those two things, the sun and the clean house, almost never happen simultaneously.

Pink roses

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18 thoughts on “Stop and Smell the Roses

  1. Glad you had time to sit back, relax, and enjoy all that you’ve done. You deserve the time, and have lots to appreciate due to all the hard and caring work you have put in. You’ve made a beautiful home, and garden, you take good care of me and the girls, and you truly make a difference in your students lives…

  2. Awww, I loved reading about your teaching. My parents always backed up our teachers (at least to us kids, I found out when I was past grown they had a few concerned conversations with our teachers) and my Mom always instilled respect and admiration for how hard teachers work.
    I remember so fondly some of my teachers. In the 12th grade a senior thesis was required. I got so excited and wrapped up and in depth researching my poem, “La Belle Dame sans Merci” by John Keats, I couldn’t get past the outline and finish my paper. My English teacher still gave me an A and I was so appreciative. Especially considering that I worked almost as hard in chemistry and nearly flunked out. Now that I am 60 y/o, I wonder if I could track any down to write thank you notes??

    • The internet has made it a lot easier to find people. I do know that they would really appreciate hearing from you even after all these years. I get so excited when I hear from former students. I used to teach in Illinois and now I live in NY. A couple of my students from Illinois have looked me up while visiting NY, and we have had lunch. It was great to see them again.

  3. Thank you for sharing these stunning photos! I’m glad to know that you took a well deserved rest ~ Reading this post I’m in awe of your commitment and dedication to your students. You are one amazing lady.

    Plus ~ I think you deserve an award for putting up with Doug’s shenanigans.

  4. Goodness, hasn’t your property “woken up” since March, when I last visited it. Your roses look so much happier than mine. I can *almost* catch their fragrance through the computer screen!

    • I guess I have good conditions for roses. I planted the yellow bush in the back, and they are doing well. The pink roses in the front are a miracle. When I moved in there were only two small azalea bushes in the front bed. Then, a year later I noticed these plants coming up that looked like they had rose bush leaves. They were in a clump, and I dug them up and spread them around the bed. Now, two years later they are quite tall and producing enormous roses. I am not quite sure where they came from, but I love them!

  5. There is nothing as wonderful as a “freebie” coming up in the garden! From what I know of roses, yours may have died back all the way to the ground as the result of some sort of localized trauma. Roses are actually really tough creatures (like their cousins apple trees and raspberry bushes). They might get black spot or some other “unsightly” disease, but they are difficult to outright kill, and can live for a century or more.

  6. Glad you took the time out!…Overdoing it, makes things much less joyous…taking time to meditate and appreciate is really important.

    E.g. My dad popped round the other day and was shouting at me from 10 ft away to come open the gate, I was miles away watching the husband mow the lawn, I was totally mesmerised…thinking he was generally awesome…of course my dad told him and he was all billy big britches for a bit, but it was important to just sit and appreciate, as we do bicker doing this mammoth DIY project as it is stressful!

    • That is a sweet story, and you are right about home renovations being stressful. I hope that you will be able to relax some over the summer and enjoy the good weather… and your husband who mows the lawn. 😉

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