Unfortunately I have two more bushes that have fallen victim to dogs. Once one dog uses the bush as a fire hydrant...it becomes a contest in the neighborhood of who can leave their mark! (As of this post the bush has now been removed.)
This is the narrow end of the porch...and a perfect place to relax and feel the breezes.
The picture below is the view from my back porch. Such a pastoral view makes the back porch a wonderful place to relax. I have survived the days of kids at home in the summer and playing life guard at the pool in the back yard. Oh yes I remember the in and out the door a hundred times a day. I remember fixing the countless snacks and meals. I remember trying to enforce the summer reading list. I remember taking my kids to various camps...and the call from our son late one night after he had been eaten alive with mosquitoes...which ended in a trip to the doctor and a round of antibiotics due to infection. Oh yes...been there done allof that. These days I can just relax in the summer. I can "plop" and "sit a spell" if that is what I want to do. Or I can jump in the car and run out for sewing supplies if I want.
Yes, I have survived being a mommy...and now I have an empty nest. The little birdies have flown their separate directions and I am so proud of them. But...I like it when they come back to the nest and stay for awhile. I look back at the whirlwind of those many years and and cannot believe it has passed. However...I still remind my grown children (daughter and son) that they still my kids and that I am still their mom. I claim mother status and all the rights that go with the title. ha!
I am now enjoying the opportunity to teach French, to decorate my new home, to write and blog, as well as to have free time with my now retired hubby. He had a very demanding/stressful job where he was on duty pretty much 24/7 except for two weeks a year when he had someone fill in for him. We have freedom!
It is all good! We have many seasons in our lives. Enjoy each one. Those kiddies leave the nest and move away. Now we are parents to a golden retriever...who requires lots of emotional maintenance! ha. If you are familiar with the breed, you know what I mean. But then...he provides emotional support for his family. It is all good!