Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Something from My Backyard

Years ago, my brother rolled a huge tire into my backyard and filled it with play sand for my toddler daughter.  I painted it white to withstand the blazing Arizona sun and she enjoyed it for several years.

When my daughter outgrew the sandbox I repurposed it for a planting bed.  I dug out about half of the sand and filled it up with soil.  Every year I plant flowers in it and I've discovered that sunflowers do best.  Along with the sunflowers this year I tossed a few forget-me-not seeds in as a "what the heck" gesture and was hugely surprised when they grew and blossomed.

These are miniature sunflowers and there are taller ones growing behind them.  When they bloom I hope to share those with you as well.


The plant in the smaller pot is a mystery.  I cannot
remember what the heck I planted in it!  I guess I'll eventually
find out, eh?  Yes, the tire needs repainting.

The spoon is an old one that I'm using to hold the fence in place.
I need the fence to keep the cats out - IF you know what I mean!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Great Round of Mandala - Stage Four

This stage of the Great Round of Mandala is entitled "Embracing the New" and for me that means my new life: post divorce and entering the later parts of my life.  While I'm enjoying freedom to make my own choices/decisions, I also face the fact that I'm getting older and my body is aging.  
Stage 4: Embracing the New

Discovering the New mandala

Nurturing Flower mandala - the
corresponding writing is on the
facing page.

Nesting mandala - Peace and Gratitude

Welcoming What's Up mandala - yes, I
ended up writing on this one.  I grew a
step braver by posting it here.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Great Round of Mandala - Stage Three

Stage 3: Turning Toward the Journey

Umbilical Mandala

Labyrinth Mandala

Breath of God Mandala - this one
reminded me of tossing a pebble into
the lake when I was a youngster
in south-central Minnesota.

Finger Painting Mandala - the most
fun one to do of this stage.