I thought I’d catch you up on what’s been going on around here. The front picket fence is finished. I just have one side on the inside of the fence to splash a final coat of paint on. I must say I am very happy with how it all looks. It’s made a real difference to how the front of the house looks and feels. As well as now having a contained front yard, it makes everything feel cozier. My doggies sure are loving the extra yard space (our back lawn area is very small as most of our backyard is taken up by the pool). I take them out there every afternoon when I collect the mail. Most afternoons the kids next door come over for a pat and play with the dogs and I sit on the grass and enjoy chatting to them and watching the pleasure they get from playing with the dogs.
Since the fence has been finished, we hired a skip bin and have got rid of the excess dirt from digging the fence post holes and have cleared out all the stones and edges of the existing gardens. I didn’t like the stones. They didn’t look nice and they also didn’t allow me to dig and play in the garden. The edging has gone because it had become old and mouldy and was cracked and broken in several places. Also, with additional garden space now, we need to re-define the garden edges.
I’ve started collecting plants for the front yard garden makeover. Some plants were given to me by my sister-in-law – potted cuttings – and others I bought at a nearby nursery that is having a closing down sale. I’m sad about that nursery closing down. I’ve been going there for many, many years and have always loved the place! Anyway, I am conscientiously watering the pots every day to keep the plants alive until the garden beds are ready to be planted. I’m thinking I might go to some local markets to get my next lot of plants. I might even go back to the nursery closing down sale. It closes at the end of September and I’m thinking the discount will get greater the closer to the actual close date it gets! We still need many more plants!
On the left we’ve got the potted cuttings given to me by my sis-in-law which include Nasturtiums, Geraniums & more. Then we have one large Camellia and six smaller Camellia’s for along the inside of the front fence, some Agapanthus for along the outside of the front fence and some mini-mondo grass for my crazy pave pathway to the letterbox.
Along with all the fence and garden activities, I have of course been washing, cleaning, cooking and providing a taxi service to my teen/young adults. They (particularly my daughter) keep me very busy!
During the process of painting and building the fence, my attention and time was diverted away from my blog and my photography studies. Now, I’m finding myself in a bit of a slump! Along the way, I seem to have lost my mojo. Have you seen it anywhere?? My brain is all focussed on thinking and planning my front garden and finishing the final coat of paint on the front fence. I can’t seem to get motivated to get back into my photography studies. Why??!! I finished Module 3 ages ago and have not yet moved on to Module 4. Also my blogging ideas seem to have vanished. I get so tired and frustrated with myself and my failed attempts of finding my mojo and trying to motivate myself to either blog or study that I end up just flopping and chilling in front of the TV far too often lately. Such a waste of time *ho-hum*!
Pretty sure I need me some organisation. Maybe I need to put together a weekly schedule for myself and stick to it. You know the kind of thing …. washing on Monday mornings, blogging Monday avo’s, housework Tues morning, photography studies Tues avo’s …. that kind of thing? What do you think?
So tell me….what do you do when your motivation goes AWOL? What suggestions have you got for me to get myself back on track? What would you like to see more or less of on this blog? And finally … if you see my ‘mojo’ could you please give it a stern ‘tsk tsk’ and send it back to me?!
Meanwhile, I’d better get out of my pj’s and have a shower. I’ve a very important hair appointment soon. Maybe I’ll find my mojo while I’m there?