Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Garden therapy

A little garden therapy is good for the mind and soul.

We're home from PA and my brother is doing about the same. He was very happy to see us and that seemed to keep him in good spirits and a bit stronger. He has his good days and bad. Hospice has been wonderful. And once again, I want to thank you all for your thoughts and prayers that touch my heart and keep me going. Thank you.

So, we returned to warm weather here in the south and what a delight. I was able to spend the day outside in the sun and noticed a few blooms here and there. The pretty white crocus were blooming by the front door, and the Japanese Quince was a beautiful sight to behold after all the snow and gray weather in PA.

Since February is the time to trim back liriope and prune the butterfly bush, that's what I did.

A little work....a little play....Otis and Riley and I had a good day. It's always a good day when the sun is shining and you can be in the garden. Garden therapy...a little goes a long way.


Ruth Welter said...

Hi Donna, welcome back... all of us in blog land have missed you.

You are all in my thoughts.


Rosie's Whimsy said...

Welcome home! Puttering in the garden always soothes my soul as well. Your garden looks like it is bursting forth. Seeing these early spring blooms is a wonderful sight!

Take care.....Rosie

Beverly said...

Donna, I am so glad that you have been able to spend some good time with your brother. It must mean so much to him, as it does to you, too.

I didn't get to play outside yesterday, but I did enjoy the warm sun coming in my office window.

Catherine Holman said...

Keeping you and your family in our prayers.

Protege said...

Happy you are back Dona; lovely garden and lovely flowers. Here spring is not as near yet, but the signs are there.;))

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Welcome home Donna! I need to get out an do some trimming in our garden too....

Nancy and the fatties said...

Donna, welcome back and I hope all is going okay. Thank goodness for our little helpers when we are working in the garden and the studio.
sending comforting pughugs from Texas...

Donna said...

How Pretty!!! Glad you're home sweet girl! Garden therapy...mindless work. Just what the Dr ordered...hughughugs

Sheila said...

It's good to know that your visit boosted your brother's spirits.
Gardening is great therapy, and your photos show a lovely spring like day. I'm quite envious, tho' we are getting a thaw here today, and rain tomorrow. Spring won't be long now...!

Mimi Sue said...

Being outdoors always makes me feel better and lifts my spirits. Glad things are going as well as they are for your family. I can't wait to get out in the garden. Maybe end of March if I'm lucky. Mimi

Sue said...

Hi Donna...glad to have you back.
You were missed!! Sue

The Painted Garden said...

Hi Donna,

So glad that you are back and enjoying your garden. How nice that your garden has buds - a sure sign that Spring is just around the corner. What a joy to have your little helpers, Otis and Riley, puttering around in your garden with you. I smile very time I see them on your blog.

I felt honored to be included on Barbara's Book Blog with you and Ruth. Your Winter art she featured was lovely.

Your Brother and Family are in my thoughts and prayers.

NCmountainwoman said...

Gardens are definitely therapeutic. Glad you are back safely and that your brother is in good hands. Especially glad you had some warm days in the garden.

Happy @ Home said...

Welcome home, Donna. I am continuing to keep you and your brother in my prayers. I'm sure it was a bright spot for him to see you again.
Your crocus and quince look beautiful. I always find being out in the garden on a lovely day to be very therapeutic.

Take care.


Rhondi said...

Hi Donna
I'm happy for youthat you were able to spend some time with your brother. I trimmed my butterfly bush yesterdy and am going to do the liriope tomorrow. This weather is just great isn't it?

Tara said...


I have to tune in here because gray is all we have--living vicariously through you! Heehee!

Jenny said...

Hi, Donna ... my thoughts and prayers are with you, your brother and family. Doesn't surrounding yourself with God's beauty through nature just uplift your soul? Gosh - how lucky you are to be enjoying such spring lovelies ... still pretty dismall back here in PA. UGH!


KarenHarveyCox said...

Oh, I long for the Spring. Your photos are wonderful, enjoy the day.

Abby Creek Art said...

Hi Donna...glad you're brother is doing ok. Maisie and I send hugs and good thoughts your way.

Keep hanging out in the garden and the soil and sun will bring you some joy.

Debra W said...

This is my first visit to your site and I really enjoyed reading your posts! I pray that your brother remains comfortable.


The Summer Kitchen Interiors said...

OH....that is quite nice! Looking forward to seeing some flora up here in a month or two!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Donna

Welcome home! It's good to hear that your brother was able to enjoy your visit.

It was 65 degrees here today,which was a record high, and I took a long walk to enjoy it.

Spring will take a little longer to arrive but I know it's right around the corner.:-)

Hugs, Pat


julie king said...

glad to hear your bother is doing better. your garden photos really warmed my heart. i could use some garden therapy. it won't be long!