I ran across this Picasso quote recently and it resonated with me. I’ve been known to spend countless hours on knitting projects only to rip the entire piece apart and start all over again. For me it’s about the process instead of the outcome. I also find that if I focus on the process as opposed to the outcome I’m much less self-critical of my efforts.
Note: I said less self-critical.
What does this have to do with the back yard at The Ashland House? I’m destroying it in order to rebuild it. I know right now I’m only pulling weeds but trust me – I’m going to destroy it. You will hardly recognize it when I am finished. I have a vision and a plan. When I get discouraged about the work that needs to be done I turn to that vision for motivation and inspiration.
As an aside, I have grown quite fond of hearing the satisfying sound of crab grass being ripped from the earth never to return. To some people it might sound like velcro but to me it sounds like glorious VICTORY!
As of July 19th I had pulled enough weeds to fill these:
It was 87 degrees Farenheit before 10 am this morning. According to the “heat index” it felt like 100 degrees. Unless you live in Canada. Just like there’s no crying in baseball there’s no heat index in the Great North. You just go sit in the shade. I am proud to be a “soft” American, however, so after my eyelids started perspiring I knew it was time to retire to the inside of our climate controlled home.
What will happen after I pull all the weeds? That pile of bricks will be transformed into a patio in front of the garage and parking pad. We’ll create a new walkway from the deck to the garage with some water permeable stone. We’ll also create a space for a garden/planter/compost area on the south (lefthand) side. Once all those zones are complete we’ll seed the yard.
I’ll keep you posted.
Thanks for reading and Have a Joyful Day!