Today it is stormy, cold, wet and windy and today, of all days I was compelled to create. I lost my art room to support the remodeling cause so I gathered my supplies and set up camp in our gazebo
My canvas is a large board picked up from the wood scrap pile at Home Depot. I discovered, much to my delight, that Home Depot sells 2 quart containers of paint for 2 bucks each. I bought 13 in assorted colors then dropped in to the Michaels store with a 50% off coupon which I used to buy a cool Martha Stewart set of letters to decoupage. I’ m not gifted in making up art out of my head but I can do a fair to half baked copy of what I see so I tried my hand at my favorite book by Nancy Tillman, WHEREVER YOU ARE MY LOVE WILL FIND YOU. I stenciled words Sing Dance Rejoice because I want to blend the spirit of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Then as a final touch I tried to splatter white to create the starry effect Nancy added to her book cover and to my horror I totally goofed and big runny gobs of white paint were dripping down everywhere. O NO!!! I groaned in shocked disbelief. Then determining not to put another ounce of energy into my masterpiece gone wrong I turned the dance under the moon into a dance in the sprinklers under the moon. What do you think? Is it worth saving?
Its been a while since we’ve spent the night on the mountain. Its fall, 40 degrees, the forest is shrouded in fog and all I hear is a steady whisper of rain on the roof. It is a season in our life for hammers and nails and buckets of paint. The work ahead looks endless but I am encouraged when I remember God makes all things beautiful in His time.
So, after 20+ years of benign neglect we saw a tremendous need for reshaping our yard: bringing up levels, expanding slopes, widening parking access. The first step for improvement on any level is to see the need for change. We needed dirt. We needed a plan for where to place it. We needed a plan for how to protect it from washing away in the rains. We threw out the net to find who were the contractors in our area best suited in both expertise and our budget to do the dirty work. That is, haul in and compact the dirt. The Lord led us to a family owned and run business that was well respected in our community and came in at almost half the bid of their competitors. After hundreds of yards of dirt was brought in and compacted we walked the property and became alarmed at the sandy, loose structure and concerned ourselves with the potential for erosion. Again, seeing the need is the first step for planning. The Lord led us to a local lumbar yard and the purchasing of jute to cover all slopes. This is a rough netting fabric often seen for slope maintenance along freeways. Still, after applying the jute we were unconvinced we had done enough to secure the slopes. Again, seeing the need led to researching the plants best suited to this zone, the slope, sunlight and watering needs of this location. After connecting with a local nursery we added our names to a list of customers in line for their next shipment of vinca. Passing this nursery early in the morning because it was closed we stopped, by divine “chance” at their competitor’s in the adjacent town and discovered they had more than enough ground cover in two varieties to meet our needs on the spot. In addition, the garden expert that waited on us provided counsel on shrubbery, discounted our bill 10% because of the volume of our purchase, and offered to stop by our property to make sure our water timers were working properly.
The astonishing and delightful discovery to top off this wonderful encounter, is that we shared the last name with this sweet lady and she graduated from the University in the town my husband came from! Is that fun, or what?!!!
To further stabilize the slope we purchased 40 2x4x9 foot lengths of cheap lumber and stakes to nail alongside as supports to prevent further erosion. Then, thinking of the history this area has for torrential rains, the Lord gave us a pattern for laying down the wood that would serve a dual purpose of slowing down and diverting the water flow while providing a pattern for planting each variety of ground cover in adjacent sections. Brilliant!
Looking forward to lots of hours of planting and anticipating more joy in seeing the Lord supplying our needs in the years ahead. God is good. ALL THE TIME!