My Garden

I love my garden.  It is colorful, lush, private and small.  Just perfect!  I have a curved patio with an umbrella, tables and chairs to relax on.  In addition, there are 14 planters complete with a variety of annuals and perennials, yielding an amazing array of colors.

Peonies and Clematis
Peonies and Clematis

This year there has been so much rainfall that we have hardly had to water the grass, bushes and planters, other than the amount that lands on them from the passive process of the morning sprinkler system.  As you can see everything is lush and green!

The boys have dubbed our vegetable garden the secret garden!
The boys have dubbed our vegetable garden the secret garden!

Along the side of the house I have a small (8 ft x 12 ft) vegetable garden.  One quadrant is a strawberry patch.  The rest is filled with tomatoes, eggplant, cucumber, bell peppers, zucchini, pumpkin, and watermelon.  This year, owing to my back surgery, I can’t even weed the darn thing, because of limitations set by the doctor after surgery!  It is driving me crazy!

The big stir has been that my neighbor does not care for the admittedly ugly fence that was erected by my gardeners last year.  I was planning on replacing it this spring, but before I had the chance, I was hit with a violation!  Better to go through the proper channels before paying a lot of bucaroonies for the fence which will allow both water and sunlight through, just to have them say you have to tear it down!  It was put up too far forward of the back of the house. So I need the city to give me an exception.

I had a few ideas for what should go up.  I have a friend Kristine, who has a beautiful fence that I rather fancy.  Most unfortunately, the fence company that erected hers seems to have gone out of business and no one is familiar with this type of fence.  If you have seen it and know where I can get ahold of the wood for fence, please give me a holler.  I would be much obliged!

A secondary idea is simply to extend the existing fence, which is chain link, and move the gate.  A third idea is to simply remove the fence entirely and take my chances with the dear and bunnies.  Let it be a veritable community garden!

In the meantime, I have an appointment with Elyria Fence Compnay to discuss my options Tuesday morning.  They have a square lattice, vinyl, chestnut brown colored fence that I rather like.  Tuesday is the day before my violations meeting.  Yikes!

I can’t wait to show you what I elect to do.

Lisa J Lafave
CEO & Founder of Coaching Rocks, LLC
A Single Mom By Choice Raising Surrogacy Twin Boys
Written in My Little Brick in University Heights, Ohio

Gift to Self: A Composter!

My birthday was Wednesday and I turned 55.  I don’t know what the typical 55 year old wants for their birthday, if there even is such a thing, but I do know what I wanted and what I got!  I have been eyeing composters for about 5 years now.  I even wanted to start a composting pile a number of years back.  I just was stumped by how I was going to mix the compost pile.  Just looks like back breaking work.  It wasn’t until I found one of these upright ones, which sets on a stand, well off the ground and can be spun by the handles on the side, that I figured out how to bypass the back breaking limitations that kept giving me so much pause.  So when my birthday was coming around this year, I knew just what I wanted!  I wanted the Rolls Royce of composters, of course!   Fortunately, the boxes, shipped through Amazon’s prime, arrived the day before my birthday, in time for me to arrange to have John, our handy man, put it together.  I was so happy having John out back assembling the darn thing, while the boys buzzed about.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY to ME!

You see it all fits in with my core value that you have to give back to the earth and you must actively work at in the spring and the fall.  What is cool about the Composter is that it will allow me to pursue this purpose and passion throughout the entire year.  I will be working on creating “black gold” year round.  The more black gold I help to create, the greater my bounty from my own garden.  And not for nothin, the produce will be more nutritious for my family too!

Lisa J Lafave, PhD, MBA, ACC
The Surrogacy Coach from Surrogacy Rocks
CEO & Founder of Coaching Rocks, LLC
A Single Mom By Choice Raising Surrogacy Twin Boys
Written in My Little Brick in University Heights, Ohio