Joyful Life

Preparing for Life In My Backyard

Cleanup and decorating work began on my deck last weekend in addition to walking around the yard and surveying God’s handiwork. Here are some pictures.

This year I hung Boston ferns for the first time in at least 5 years. I think the fern at the other end of the deck has been confiscated by a robin for her nest. These ferns will be left outside all winter to provide winter interest and I may get some outdoor fairy lights for them as well.

The peonies are getting ready to bloom. Yeah! Love my peonies from mom’s yard. Just wish she had not ripped out all the Lily of the Valley flowers as I would have planted those as well.

This bushy thing in the woods has gotten taller. It never covered up that much of the tree before.

The black walnut tree finally bloomed. Did not think it was going to this year. All the black walnuts in the woods appeared to be dead until about 1 week ago but now they are alive and well.

The gully (a.k.a. The River Kearns) is 90 percent dry and my yard man was able to mow it last week. When we get a lot more rain than what the big drain in my neighbors fence can handle, the gully fills with water and becomes The River Kearns.

My wicker planter was put back into use this year. This arrangement of red, purple and orange flowers called my name when purchasing the ferns.

More work will be done this weekend as I prepare the deck to be an even more relaxing and enjoyable summer place.

Hopefully you are able to make a nice place to enjoy the outdoors.

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual logistics contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog