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Suncreek Garden Chronicles: A Gardener’s Companion; Prudence and Patience

Suncreek Garden Chronicles: A gardener’s companion; prudence and patience!

There are so many things to consider before planting a garden.  You must consider the location in relation to trees and buildings.  You also want to consider how convenient the location is to the house and the water source.  You must decide on the size and shape of the garden plot. There is also the layout of the garden beds, the type of fertilizer and what you will do to control pests and critters.  Then the piesta resistance and almost as time-consuming as the entire rest of the project is the seed selection and their placement in the garden.

Suncreek Gardens...Prudence and Patience

However, there are a couple of things you won’t find on any of the thousands of lists available on the internet instructing you on growing a garden.  The first one missing from the list is prudence…using caution with regard to practical matters and discretion.  Oh they skirt the issue when they make references to using good judgement when it comes to your resources. However, Prudence is something that comes through experience.   We have learned through trial and error and trial again that planting and entire row of anything lacks prudence. Planting an entire row of cucumbers is over kill unless of course you are going to make pickles.  Also it may not be prudent to use nitrogen rich chicken manure on the entire garden.  As we found the zucchini was none too fond of it.  Also it may be more prudent to plant those tiny lettuce seeds on a day without wind.  Unless of course you like having little tufts of lettuces growing outside of the garden area on the off-chance one of Beatrix Potter‘s Rabbits happens by.

Suncreek Gardens...Prudence and Patience

The other thing that is missing from every “how to” list is the recommendation for a potential new gardener to bring along a good measure of patience.  Gardening requires steady perseverance with even-tempered care and diligence to work with quiet patience.  My husband calls the time he spends in the garden…therapy.  Gardening affords you many opportunities to grow…personally.   Growing in patience is one of those areas.  After planting the seeds you patiently wait for them to germinate.  Once the seeds germinate you patiently wait for them to grow enough to transplant them to their respective garden bed.  Once planted in the garden you wait patiently for them to grow and to flower.  Once the plants have flowered you patiently and expectantly wait for the veggies to appear.  It really is all you can do!  Well that and pull weeds!

After months of exercising prudence and practicing patience tomorrow we will harvest our very first  broccoli spears. There were moments when we doubted this day would actually come to fruition.  In the coming days the Hubs and I will discuss numerous recipes that will include our fresh home-grown broccoli. 

Suncreek Gardens...Prudence and Patience

Meanwhile, friends, wait patiently for the Master’s Arrival. You see farmers do this all the time, waiting for their valuable crops to mature, patiently letting the rain do its slow but sure work. Be patient like that. Stay steady and strong. The Master could arrive at any time.” James 5:7-8 The Message

“But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.” Galatians 5: 22 The Message


Filed under All Things Foodie, gardening and other green things, Healthy Living

Hopes and Wishes for 2012

My Hopes and Wishes for 2012 are simple.  To live the life that God has planned for me…a life filled with Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness,  and Self Control.  Galatians 5:22-23 

I hope to love without fear of heartache.

I wish to laugh until it hurts.

I hope I will never stop trusting that I am on the path that will lead me to a life everlasting.

I hope to offer up grace and mercy to those who cross my path.

I wish for everyday of the new year to include random acts of kindness, so much so that they become a part of who I am and not something I do.

I hope to live my life above reproach so that my actions do not cause others to stumble.

I hope to have the faith of a child..to believe in the wonders of the world without question to why or how.  “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1

I hope to continue to grow a spirit of gentleness that has only come to me through stopping to consider the other persons situation before reacting.

And lastly but certainly not least of all…I hope to continue to grow in my understanding that self-control does not come from my self-centered mind-set but a mind centered on the Spirit that dwells within me and the small quiet voice leading me, guiding me through all that is my life.

I hope to continue to live a life filled to overflowing.

“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

This past year has been filled with many blessings. My husband blessed me with his unconditional love and support without fail or hesitation, he is my biggest fan.  I have watched my son treat his girlfriend with love and respect that can only come from the example set by the way his Dad treats his Mom.  Although a few friends have passed away from this life my life is richer for having known them and called them friend.  I have enjoyed a renewed love and passion for writing.  I have realized a long time desire to have a little junk resale business of my very own.  I have entertained my friends and family in my home.  I have seen my prayers answered when the Doctor finally found  a treatment for my Dads Parkinson’s that has given him back his quality of life.

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” unknown

This past year has been filled with many new friendships.  I have met their families; rejoiced at the arrival of precious little ones and experienced heartache over their losses.  I have enjoyed a cup of tea as well as delicious desserts at their kitchen table.  I have watched the sun rise and set from their decks and patios.  I have heard them sing in church and I have celebrated their anniversaries and birthdays.  I have even traveled with a few of them on their wonderous and amazing vacations. I have come to appreciate the differences that make each of us unique.  But it is our uniqueness that draws us together and links us together.  Our camaraderie comes from our willingness to “just write”.    My friends have shared their lives with me yet we have never met in person.

Here are some their reflections of the past year as well as some of their hopes and wishes for 2012.

Making Room (emjayandthem’s blog)

“Your closet should contain 3 categories of clothing: clothes you love, clothes that fit you now, and clothes that garner you compliments whenever you wear them.” Peter Walsh, organizational expert.

View Outside My Window for 2012 (This Man’s Journey)

“I wish for 2012, more love, inner peace, loads of smile and laughter, of happiness that comes from a contented heart for me, for my family, for my friends but more importantly for those whose 2011 had been covered with anguish and struggles.”

Zen Living for Idiots (Spirit Lights the Way)

“As we cultivate mindful awareness, we begin to view the world with alert curiosity, rather than through the distorted lens of stale judgments, attitudes, and opinions.  We start to see things as THEY are rather than as WE are.”

Failure Succeeding In the Opposite Direction (Janna T Write’s Blog)

“My relationship with God is the glue that bonds me as a wife, mother, friend, writer, employee, leader, and compassionate human being. Sometimes I feel like parts of me threaten to peel away, but I want my life to be held tighter than crazy glue between fingertips.”

Reflecting on… this past year, today and the coming year (Pocket Perspectives)

May those of us who might be reflecting during the next few days…

review with clarity
ponder with insight
consider with love,
gentleness and forgiveness

appreciate with heartfulness

prioritize with wisdom
wonder with depth and imagination


Filed under Blogging Challenges, postaweek2011, Thoughts on Blogging

Suncreek Garden Chronicles…Bountiful Harvest

suncreek garden chronicles…installment #11

Although we are officially smack dab in the middle of a drought our garden is producing beautifully!  The temperatures are already hitting the high 90’s and regular watering is a necessity.   On the days we are not watering we are pulling weeds and clipping dead leaves.  Patience and persistence are paying off and we are reaping the benefits of our efforts!


Of course the cucumbers were the first to show up to the garden party followed closely by the squash.   While the squash is winding down, the tomatoes and peppers are picking up speed.  The okra and watermelons are not far behind.  It’s a race to the garden finish line!


Filed under gardening and other green things, Life in Texas, postaweek2011

patience…requires strength


 A virtue is a trait or quality deemed to be morally excellent and thus is valued as a foundation of principle and good moral being.  Patience is the state of endurance under difficult circumstances, which can mean persevering in the face of delay or provocation without acting on annoyance/anger in a negative way; or exhibiting forbearance when under strain, especially when faced with longer-term difficulties. It is also used to refer to the character trait of being steadfast.  Therefore,  Patience is a virtue.

One of the hardest traits to acquire in life is patience. People have a tendency to want things when they want them.  Especially these days, when everything is available just by adding an app to your smart phone.  People are increasingly less willing to wait for anything.   I know that is true for myself.    Currently I am in the middle of two building projects; one will be my new home and the other is our second church campus.  It seems like everything has come to a standstill this week.  Or at least the things that affect me seem to have slowed to a crawl.  Therefore,  I have found myself struggling with patience, waiting on others to do what it is I expect them to do when I expect it to happen.   I continually remind myself that God is in complete control and it is all part of His perfect timing.  But then there are the very real people issues that have to be dealt with.

 I have been told that you never want to pray for patience, because you will certainly get the opportunity to practice having patience.  I do realize that I am not the only person who feels this way.  I am almost certain that my actions or lack there of are giving someone the opportunity to practice the patience they recently prayed for. 

 So when I find myself coming up short on the patience meter I will stop and pray for strength. Strength to endure the situation, strength to wait on the LORD and strength to persevere.

Romans 12:12
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. (NIV)

Isaiah 40:31
But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. (NKJV)


Filed under Life..such as it is, plain and simple