Well, dear friends, I have taken the step over the threshold into my 8th decade on planet Earth! If I lead you to think I am blithely announcing this, I would be lying. I thought about it. However if the Pope can be known to the world as now 76 I can be known as officially 70, was my reasoning. And, as he enters the next phase of his work and service on behalf of those us and those who live among us, I embrace the mantle of my own humble next steps, continuing to dedicate my life’s work to making a difference. Not to mention that anyone who has read my book carefully will note my birth year is included on copyright page, per US custom. I proudly move into this third act of my life, intending fully to be a healthy role model and lovely krone, though I make no promises about putting aside The Things of Youth, as I still want to learn how to dance hip hop as well as many other numerous endeavors and adventures. So, here we go!
I had been determined in planning this party that there would be live music! I searched high and low for a mariachi band but all leads led to tepid ends and did not materialize. Instead, I was led to a wonderful Cuban singer named Marcos, who came, auditioned, and was secured to serenade us! What a delight!
We gathered around two of my garden tables in the soft sunshine of spring. Given that it rained this week I felt especially grateful that the good weather was a blessing on that day, which everyone did enjoy, as you might imagine!
As gardeners, particularly, one always hopes for one’s prettiest blooms to be showing, a bit of a stretch in March, and while the plum tree blossoms had, indeed, come and gone, we were not one wit disappointed. No, we were lavished upon.
The forsythia opened just days before…
The camellias were in full bloom.
I’d never seen the quince more beautiful!
I’d found these Tiger Eye pansies to fill empty winter pots. So cute.
And I’d found several of these very fun metal sculptures to line and bolster an aging fence along the kitchen garden. Whew!
And so, dear readers, I begin another trip ’round the sun. I know this marks a new phase of bringing forth the messages in my book Plant Whatever Brings You Joy. I have made a decision and commitment to do more radio interviews, more booksignings, more appearances, and to develop a media presentation of the life lessons therein that will enable me to meet more folks in person in far more varied venues. As my lovely, wise daughter, Antonia, points out, “Our true heart’s calling is found outside our comfort zones.” Off we go! I hope to meet you on the road.
Love and spring blessings,
Book News: Mark your calendars! In keeping with my announcement I will be appearing at Copperfield’s Books in Healdsburg May 10th at 2:00PM. Synchronistically this is National Public Gardens Day, and the Friday before Mother’s Day. I’m also being interviewed May 5th on “Conscious Discussions” at 10:00AM (PDT) on blogtalkradio. I will remind you as date is closer. More to come!
Posted on March 21st, 2013 by Kathryn
Filed under: People at Life