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Brenda has been writing since grade school. She attended journalism school where she majored in professional writing. She loves to decorate, garden, read and spend time with her Yorkies.

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Life's A Garden...


Two days ago I took my sewing machine table with the wooden top out on the patio so I would have more room for painting. Stupidly, I did not check the weather forecast.

It has been raining non-stop. Guess when it stops raining I'll dry it off and put a piece of oil cloth over it until I can get things sorted out. 




Still painting. 

Some people are green with envy. I am green with paint. Oregano green, to be exact. 

Abi and Charlie just want it over so that I can sit with them more. They pout if I can't sit with them. Doesn't matter that I'm just a few feet away. They want me right here in this chair.

Where I am at this very moment.

We lost our maintenance man to a higher-paying job. Hated to see him go. But then, that is life, isn't it. People moving through and moving on. Just life.

Our patio apartments have been up for sale. Not sure what's going on there. Sure wish we'd get an owner who took pride in his property. 

There was a time in my life when people took pride in things. I guess it isn't as important any more.

Me, I take pride in where I live. Maybe I can't do much about the outside. The very walls. But I can do what I can on the inside. And that's what counts the most to me. 

I can't afford to live in a more upscale place. So it is my aim to do what I can with where I do live. I think that is important for everyone.

To learn to love and feel proud of where they do live. 



I might not have extra money right now for grocery store flowers, because my Charlie needed his procedure, and the pupsters are of the highest priority. 

But I can set out a pretty bowl of green apples, and call it my bouquet. 

Food can be arranged in a pretty fashion. As can lots of things. 

Don't despair if you can't afford pretty shiny things in the stores. Everyone with a bit of cash and a credit card can have that. 

But what you make of what you have is truly creative and indubitably unique. 

Arrange books on your coffee table. Set a candle on top. 



You can take a plate or a platter from the kitchen and arrange candles. Secure them with marbles or sea shells or whatever you have. Dry beans or peas would work in a pinch.

Life is what you make of it. 

Your bouquet is what you come up with using what you have on hand. 

I saw a quote online the other day by the actor David Spade from a film...



"You gotta keep on keepin' on. Life's a garden: dig it. You gotta make it work for you."

Well said. And quite true.

Cozy Little House
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  1. I always read your posts but seldom comment. This post is just what I needed to read today. Do the best with what you have. Be the best that you can be. That's what I'm taking from you today. (I'm sorry you lost your maintenance man. I know you liked him and relied on him.)

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    1. He will be missed, certainly. But I only wish the best for him and his family.

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  2. I enjoyed this post so much, Brenda... Life is really what you make it ♥

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    1. Me ex was one of those people who always saw the glass as half-empty. No matter how much he could spend, he soon got bored and needed to spend more. It seemed such a waste.

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  3. Soooo true that quote Brenda. Yep I think you got it going on. Just take things you have and make them work for your vignettes. Hoping little Charlie will be feeling better and his eye will be back to normal soon.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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    1. I do think his eye is a bit better. The procedure was a week from last Wednesday. And you are SO good with creating vignettes!

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  4. I like your positive attitude... The pupsters want their mom to finish with her work so they have her full attention.

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    1. I learned a long time ago that having a negative attitude was a complete waste of time on this earth.

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  5. OH BRENDA!!! I needed to have these words today. As I prepare for the holidays, broke as usual, I need to know that while I can't buy the gorgeous centerpiece, or decorations for my mantle, I CAN use what I have and make it beautiful! THANK YOU!

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    1. I don't even know that I will put up any of my little trees. I would have to move so much to do it. I think this Christmas I might be into a more simple level of decorating. We'll see...

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  6. I agree! We just have to keep keeping on. I can decorate with so many things I already own and enjoy. I know you will miss Israel. I hope Charlie is doing well, poor little guy. Hugs!

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  7. Happy for Israel and his family that he is getting a better job. Sad for your loss.

    Thanks for your positive spin on using what you have when money is tight. You do the most amazing things on a tight budget in a small space. You give me hope and inspiration.

    Hoping Charlie is getting better every day.

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    1. Thank you for caring about my Charlie. It hurts me to see him hurt. But I think he is getting better now. Yes, it is a loss to lose Israel. But I think of it as his gaining more for his family.

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  8. Brenda, you have more style in your little finger than many have in their bodies. xxoo

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    1. Coming from you, a woman so truly creative, that is quite the compliment!

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  9. You are so right, Brenda...making the best of everything...makes it just right.

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    1. I don't like to dwell on things I can't have. And really, I don't yearn for much more than I do have.

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    1. And I thank you, Stacey! I love seeing photos of your home. But know that you're geared up to move.

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  11. I love this. Shop the house!! Look at things with new eyes!!! It works!!

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    1. Like the old phrase: Make it do or do without. Accept things and do what you can, I think.

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  12. "You gotta make it work for you" is a very good message and thanks for sharing these words from, of all things, a character played by David Spade. He makes me laugh so now he's making me think, too. I've lived on a tight budget for most of my adulthood, and I think I could use those words as a motto to describe my approach to decorating and gardening too. Thanks!

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  13. Well said, my friend - I love your energy and talent for decorating! And I wish I had more time to take on projects around my house, for sure. Oh well, it is what it is, right?

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    1. I know you work full-time. But you have a gorgeous home and outdoor areas on that mountain. And it is truly beautiful.

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    1. Thank you, Dayle. You are a very creative woman yourself, as we all know.

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  15. You go girl!!! Love your blog! Sorry to hear Israel is gone. But you are right people come in your life only for a short while sometimes. I'm glad he was your friend and helped you with things around your house. Take care girl! Angie

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    1. I think you have to accept that people will come into your life, and then they will leave. But you gain something from the experience of knowing them.

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  16. Sorry for your loss of Israel but happy to hear he found a better paying job. Hope your new man will be as good as Israel.Charlie will get well but healing takes time and patience.
    sometimes I think that everything in life takes patience - pass the patience, please!

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    1. I know. Patience has never been one of my virtues...

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  17. Your blog today gave me a lift, and I need one badly. So, thank you. I know that Israel's life was blessed by your kindness, acceptance, and friendship. Your comments about doing with what you have are--as always--so wise, so true.

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    1. I hope he knew that I only wanted what is best for him. I learned so much about his culture, etc.

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  18. Hi Brenda,
    I'm so glad you left a comment the other day. I have added you to my side bar and will now be keeping up with your posts. I think you have a real gift for making anyplace you live look beautiful. My grandma raised six kids with very little money during the depression. She worked hard and took great pride in keeping her house and yard looking the best they could. She felt that we should always leave a place better than we found it.

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    1. Same here. I haven't heard that phrase in a long time, but it came from a time when people were proud and I think more giving and selfless: "Leave a place better than you found it."

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  19. Oh Brenda, just what I needed today. It is so true we just have to keep on going. Whatever situation we are in we can still find beauty and enjoy our life. I love your posts that touch on the real things that go on with life. Thanks, Karie

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    1. My "real things" aren't very exciting, but I'm happy to share them. I think a person has to look within themselves for happiness, and not sit and think about what they don't have or can't have.

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  20. Sorry to hear that Israel is gone...he is a good man and was a great help to you...Love that platter with the seashells and candles!

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    1. This morning while I was making my breakfast, I looked over at a bowl of sweet potatoes and apples, and I thought: This too has beauty.

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  21. Aww, great post Brenda! I always thing a home filled with things that take some creativity and ingenuity are much more beautiful than those filled with store bought things anyway.

    Tania

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    1. Store bought things you will see in everyone's home. What you make with your own creativity will only be seen in your own home. And you as a blogger do that!

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  22. You have uplifted so many of us. Yes, make do. It takes creativeness, real and true creativity and we need to focus on projects like that in these uncertain times.

    Your pups and relationship with them make me smile. We have the same feeling for our furry little friends!

    Jane

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    1. I read about you and your pups, and I know you feel the same. Times are uncertain, always have been. Have to focus on the good I think.

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  23. Your post was very encouraging. I'm trying to use what I have for decor and quilting. My splurge was at $ tree today. I love your pups. I see how happy they make you.

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    1. Yes, my pupsters are my immediate family. They are who I see every day. I remember a time when I was quilting when I'd go in this quilt store and buy a little piece of fabric for five cents. I recall standing there in front of that container and really thinking about which pieces I really wanted. I think that was maybe more fun than buying a whole yard of fabric!

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  24. Hi Brenda. I'm new to your blog and have enjoyed it so much. I too live in a cozy little house...my "cottage" (1980's modular ranch) on my "farm" (regular suburban yard, but I've decided it's a farm!). Joe Dirt (David Spade) is right. "Life's a garden. You got to make it work for you." It's all in how you look at things! So glad I found your blog. I've loved reading your heartfelt posts, so thank you! Have a great day! Your new friend, Donna

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    1. Welcome to my blog! I say if you want to see it as a farm, then it is a farm.

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  25. Love this post, Brenda, so true! I've learned to create the things I want. I don't necessarily love to spent my days covered in saw dust, but I believe I can create almost anything I want. At least I try, and that makes me happy.

    Enjoy your weekend my friend! <3

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  26. Well said, Brenda! It's easy to get down and overwhelmed when we peruse blogs, Pinterest, etc., but at the end of the day, they're just pretty pictures. It's how we make the most of what we've got and create a home that we're proud and happy to call our own. The houses on either side of us are for sale after one relocated for a job and the other passed away. They both were quiet neighbors who kept their homes and yards looking nice. I'm nervous about who's going to buy the homes, but since the mining industry is struggling, they may remain vacant for quite some time.

    I hope your new apartment handy man is as helpful as Israel was!

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