I don't. I believe in the specific. First because I don't believe there is much in this world that is actually random. Secondly because the things I discuss in this post are not only specific but related.
They are related by joy, because they all give me just that.
The garden, while still under construction, surprised me this week with bulbs planted by former owners. That pile of dirt is trying to be beautiful:
|Pay no attention to the gigantic pile of of waste sod behind us.|
|Now pay no attention to the crappy cell phone photography. Ooo, pretty colors!|
I also took possession (yes, it took a little while longer than usual, though there were no legal concerns) of the official abstract and deed to my property:
|What da heck is a rod? It's so biblical!|
It all started back in 1855, when a man named Ira Rees was granted a patent on half of a quarter-section of land (80 acres), which included the land my house stands on. 1855! In my Midwest state's history, THIS is what was going on:
|A Wikimedia Commons image, public domain, U.S. copyright expired.|
The abstract helps me piece together some of the history of this house; that's another post for another time. It's been almost a year since I purchased my home. I'm only just a little ripple on the surface of its history.
In other news, my sister Dyan has gained entry into her very first juried art show with one of her oil paintings:
|Kim's Fan Club, by Dyan Millsaps Shirley. Copyright 2011-12, all rights reserved.|
Friend Kristy went off to Hawaii for spring break, and came back with a reproduction vintage tea towel just for me:
|Do the hukilau; dry the dishes now.|
Last in the post, but first in my life: Mr. Man Friend and I celebrated a year together Friday. I don't want to make this blog much about my personal life. BUT. We met at a coffee shop at a time when I'd decided to NOT date anyone at all for awhile; I'd been knocked about emotionally pretty badly by my divorce, and wasn't interested in any voluntary Match.com misery. A year later I have an intelligent, gentle, supportive, funny and fantastic companion. We're taking it slow. We like to hold hands. He and I, we have a little history here now too. I like the idea of building on that, just like everything else going on in my life right now. And that, my friends, is not random. Blessings never are.