Morning Meanderings… A Place To Contemplate


Half way through the weekend.

Yesterday my cousin came over in the morning and helped me with a little project.  As I had mentioned before, friends had given us a wonderful memorial bench to put in the yard.  I moved it from one tree to another and could not find a place that I liked… a place where I thought I would use it.

Last Sunday while up town I seen our local grocery store had perennials on sale.  I am not very knowledgeable about plants but read their descriptions and picked out some I liked that would bloom at different times between spring and fall.  This is what my cousin and I worked on yesterday…

Book Journey, planting, memorial bench, Minnesota
My cousin Lesli

and then…


and even better… the night view…

PicMonkey Collage


I really like it even though I admit it drives me crazy that I have a need for a memorial bench in our yard… the very yard I grew up in… the yard I have walked and ran and played in since I was three years old and probably walked over this space so many times not having a clue what it would one day have placed on it.


I just don’t know how to do this.


Bookish news… I think I am starting a Shelley Noble book at some point today.  Beach Colors looks promising.  I leave here in a few minutes for a meeting in St Cloud and later on today a birthday party.  I am listening in audio in the car, just started Dead Wake: The Last Crossing Of The Lusitania by Erik Larson.  Its a little longer than I like at 13 cds but we will see how it goes today.

How are you spending your Sunday?

33 thoughts on “Morning Meanderings… A Place To Contemplate

  1. It looks lovely…although it is sad to have it…my husband read the Erik Larson book and loved it…although it took him an entire month ( and more ) to read it.

    Hopefully a peace filled day will be yours…we are resting…going to the Chesapeake Bay for a few days but home for the rest of the week…not sure what I am reading yet…lightening my load of reviews is giving me a more free reading time…I think!

  2. I love the bench and the idea of the flowers blooming at different times…and yes, a place to contemplate and remember.

    I am reading a NetGalley book called Ana of California, which is a great story about a foster child that has been kicked out of most homes…and is now in Northern California doing an internship on a farm. It is supposed to offer a contemporary twist on Anne of Green Gables.

    Loving it so far. Enjoy your day.

  3. It looks lovely. I find gardening and creating new spaces very therapeutic. One day at a time.

    (And – stick with native perennials for your gardening zone and they should return next year.)

  4. Sheila,

    You did a beautiful job creating a peaceful garden. Take the time to sit there with your coffee in early morning and look at the wonders that God created. You are in my thoughts daily and I pray you will find some sense of acceptance and know Justin walks with you and will be forever in your heart. The Calla Lily’s are beautiful.

  5. The setting for your bench is perfect. Perennials will fill in and look better each year, and it looks like you have room if you want to do annuals or a vignette of potted plants, or put bulbs in this fall so they bloom in the spring. I always love those first crocuses peeking out of the snow.

  6. The bench and flowers around it are stunning. What a lovely place to read.

    I just got a notification this week that my Christian meditation group is starting back up next week. I find it quiets my mind.

  7. The night view is lovely, almost like a magical time what you can sit and feel him beside you. My Sunday has been laid back and a lot of time in the kitchen. Been making couscous and quinoa to have a break from rice.

  8. Your little garden is just stunning! And while it’s sad that it is in your garden it also means you can go there often. Always thinking of you. xx

  9. A beautiful space. I love those little soar lights. I have a few too and they bring a smile to my face each time I look at them. It is good, I think, to have a place to sit and be still.

  10. I think it turned out great. It will be nice to visit too, for when you are feeling especially down. We added wind chimes to a sight we used to visit. I love to hear the tinkling of those chimes. Makes me feel as if my loved one is around.

  11. Sheila, it is a lovely setting for Justin’s bench, and a place where you can sit and read, or just remember all the good, funny, loving moments with Justin.

  12. Sheila, I’m not sure there will ever come a time when your situation won’t seem surreal. This memorial spot couldn’t be more beautiful or special 🙂

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