Vacation… Oasis

In helping others, I also have to make sure I help myself as well. If I am tired or run down I cannot help my family let alone the people that I may come in contact with. As I am typing this I am sitting in my beautiful back yard in the shade of my tree. The slight breeze is just enough to keep me cool in the 85 plus degree weather. Perfect for being outdoors. The birds are chirping and cooing as my cats attempt to lure them to the yard with their chatters, momentarily taking a break to chase a bug flying by.

This yard has become my oasis. Where I come to refill my tank once it runs dry from all of the hustle and bustle of work and life. It’s even better if my husband gets to join me. We will have morning coffee out here. Sometimes we talk about or plans for the day or future things we want to do (brainstorm more plans for the yard) :). Sometimes we just just sit in silence, or at least the silence of our yard, the neighbors dogs tend to interrupt the silence more than we would like. But, if you can get past the barking dogs and homeowners mowing lawns or trimming vines and bushes, this is the perfect place to be.

So far, this vacation is my favorite! I know it just started, but I get to be at home with my family. Even though this week has been more event filled then it is when I am answering 911 calls and radio traffic, I have found the time to spend with my husband son and our extended that is in from out of town. My husband has busted @$$ to finish the concrete wall for our courtyard and helped me in amazing ways getting my garden to be just perfect this year. I can’t wait to show you my new hanging strawberry patch!!!IMG_6552

We bought our house 4 years ago this passed February and every year we do just a little bit more. Is it perfect? Heck no! But, it is perfect for us in this moment, just like it was perfect in the moment we bought it. Imagine this…. A sage green with brown trim one story ranch style house on a less than busy side street. Perfect right? Just wait… The front yard has dirt and every weed that Northern Nevada has to offer, as well as the side yard, AND the back yard. There in the back stands this large sickly tree looming over the house. Has this thing ever been watered!?! An old clothes line takes up a large part of the yard. A patio cover extends from the roof and does provide some shade but has little effect when it rains as the rain makes it through the not even close to code, rickety tin roof and plywood. Can you see it? Not at all an oasis but it was ours.

So much planning and re-planning has been put into this place. A pond was dug, never filled with water and then filled back in with dirt then grass laid down. Trees have been planted, flowers bloom, and it even produces food! During the summer you can usually find large zucchini and squash plants trying to over take the patio, onions growing like crazy, endless amounts of strawberries (as long as you get to them before the earwigs and rolly pollies. Hence the new hanging patch), tomato plants growing out of their cages and bell peppers in every color. Insert long sigh here. Sweat equity abounds.

This is my life, the more I take the time to enjoy the little things, the hear and now; I get my tank refilled and am ready to step back into the rolls of wife, mom and dispatcher. I don’t get to spend nearly enough time for me with work, overtime and life. I am taking time for me this vacation. No traveling. No schedule. Just me, my family and whatever we choose to do.