|A rapid covid test with a negative result|
While we were recovering, several of our neighbors stopped by with dinners. (Thankful #3) It's not easy to accept help, especially because we weren't terribly sick, but I have learned over the years that just because I CAN do something doesn't mean that I should turn down help. The meals were delicious and much appreciated.
As our energy levels came back, we started spending more time in the backyard. (Thankful #4) Yardwork has taken a backseat over the past year, and I've been looking forward to taming the jungle again. We do have a vegetable garden, but a big part of it is comprised of whatever seeded itself from last year (here's looking at you, broccoli and cilantro!) While it's far from tidy looking, at least now the weeds are starting to get cleared out. While weeding, I discovered that some of seeds that were planted indoors in pots by children and plopped into the garden have matured into pretty flowers. It's a sweet reminder of time spent together. (Thankful #5)
|A bright pink zinnia blossom|
I tested negative a few days before John (I was patient zero in the house), but once he also tested negative, we celebrated by visiting a nursery and purchasing a couple of shrubs to add to our yard. (Thankful #6) We weren't exactly sure what we were going to buy ahead of time; I had a list of possible plants that should grow well in our area, but I'm happy with what we decided on: a limelight hydrangea and a spinderella hibiscus. They should both add impact in summer and early fall.
|Top photo: a pink and white, red-centered hibiscus blossom|
Bottom photo: lime green blossoms of a hydrangea