Tuesday, January 20, 2015

THE MEMORY GARDEN

Yesterday I enjoyed a simple day OFF from the world.  Didn't talk to anyone.  Didn't even text my kidlet.  Just a day for me and him and all the memories we have together.

Mr. Ralph enjoyed the outdoors.  Building conveniences for our life style (decks, stairs to hammock, flagstone pathway, outdoor lighting) and planting for the future.  Maui was certainly the right choice for a tiny house rather than a condo.

(at dusk last year)

The south side of this place is an amazing lush tropical garden.  My caretaker neighbors (Bob and Paula) have even improved on it!  Things grow too fast here, so they halved most of the plants and replanted and added a few slower growing things.  Hacked the tops of plants that became too tall and planted the pieces at the bottom of the same pot.  Some ferns and spider plants escaped their pots and planted themselves in the ground.  Looks fabulous!

(At noon-ish today)

Today I finally got motivated to plant some herbs.  While I was puttering, Bob and Paula popped over.  She helped me plant then went home and got some starts from her yard.  Bob is adding a hose bib to the front of the house and got that finished!  Now the Lazy Widow doesn't have to go to the side of the house, unroll the heavy hose, drag it over the fence and THEN try to spray off the whiteflies on my gardenias.  I'm going to try hosing them off every day for a week before I resort to Neem Oil.

My condo community is starting a Memory Garden for our neighbor friends who have died.  Not one plant for each person, but just a nice grouping of shrubs and perennials with a small plaque.  More of a small spot to meditate and remember.

And I have my Memory Garden here.  You can never have too many memories ....



8 comments:

  1. A Memory Garden - what a nice thing to do for your neighbors, and it's something the community can also enjoy. It sounds like you are walking down memory lane a bit. It's good to take a day for yourself occasionally. We often don't know how important it is to make good memories until we get older. I tell my son this. Kids remember those moments forever.

    The more you write about your life in Maui the more I realize what a difficult decision this will be for you.

    I like that second photo and all the shadows on the walkway. Nice.

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  2. And ha ha ... some condo neighbors do NOT want a special area ... it will be like a graveyard! I think I'll like it.

    This is a tough decision. I'd rather live here in Maui ... but I want my little family closer ...

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  3. They could put in a brick walkway with a death person's name and date on it. A lot of places have those, inside of a lovely garden with benches and places just to sit or commune with nature.

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    1. Not sure we have enough space for a walkway. But maybe the border .... ???

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  4. This looks divine! This place is so right for you. Except for no grandkids, very nourishing!

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    1. So peaceful and serene. Like the best day of summer. Every single day.

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  5. I love the photos! What a beautiful place, I don't know how you leave it for the Main Land. Your condo neighbors who don't want a memory garden are crazy. The brick idea of Judy's is a good one. I have a memory brick in Don's home town's memory garden.

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    1. It IS a beautiful little space. Filled with perfect memories.

      We did memory bricks at our high school. It was fabulous. I'm going to suggest memory bricks.

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