In Karen's new Garden

In My Sketchbook
My friend Karen has a new backyard/garden area. After years of gardening in her small yard, she had the chance to buy part of the yard behind her house.  In no time at all, she has it looking like it has been hers forever  -  vegetables, flowers, a beautiful garden shed, a picket fence, a wonderful pergola with wisteria growing up it already.  It makes my yard, and my attempts at gardening, look pretty sick, but instead of worrying about it, I am enjoying her garden now and then.  I suppose that time could be spent spiffing up my garden ,but  .  .  .  .

The California grandkids have gone home.  Sad.  One of them stayed for almost six weeks, and the other for almost her entire summer  -  they go back to school in about ten days.  They have come every year for awhile now, but this is the longest they have stayed.  I miss them when I go to the grocery store.  When we go to bed and there is no one with a light still on, reading.  I miss them when I water the garden, get ready to go to classes, or eat dinner on the porch.  It was absolutely wonderful having them here, and I am SO glad it happened. Being SO glad makes it less sad.

Okay.  Now I'm going to go out and deadhead in my garden, and see if I can make it as nice as Karen's. Yeah, right.  I'll cut a couple of nice bouquets of flowers, and see how my new method works to keep Rudy the cat from eating them.  I bought a couple of mesh wastebaskets at the dollar store, and I'll try inverting them over the vases of flowers, so I am not running the flowers in and out  -  wherever Rudy ISN'T. 

What are you sketching today?


Diana said...

hi Catherine, I enjoy your blog so much and would love to be sitting in your garden. Mine is weedy but colorful!:)We have a Rudy too but ours is very old and still will lay on the flowers if she can. take care, love,Diana

annie said...

Oh, Catherine,The sketch is such fun and I just love to hear about Rudy. I know somebody else understands. My cat investigates everything. His latest cat caper is to stick his paws into the keyboard drawer under the computer and start kneading the keys: left paw...right paw...left paw...purring happily. the computer goes ballistic.


Catherine said...

I would love to have you sitting in my garden, Diana! Your Rudy is a girl? Ours is a boy. They do love flowers, don't they?

Annie - Maybe you should open a blank document and see what your cat comes up with. Maybe he wants to tell you something.

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Anonymous said...

It is my favorite thing to have you come paint with me in my garden. Hope we have many nights to do so this Fall.

Catherine said...

Thanks, Karen! I love being there, and I am so happy for you that you have it.