I'm a self proclaimed girly girl. I love Pink, shopping and things that smell pretty. I am afraid of bugs, I hate feeling dirty and I prefer it when Mj handles all the heavy and technology related tasks around the house. So when Mj said that I was going to help him in the backyard planting herbs and other assorted plants the first thing I said was, "No way. My mama couldn't make me get out in the yard and you can't either." "Oh, yes you are," he said. And he basically didn't budge which is why I found myself outside sitting in dirt in our backyard on a Sunday afternoon.
We headed to Home Depot first for supplies and spent $130, but who's counting right? I can't believe I spent money on dirt. So, we got our plants, dirt, mulch, planters, miracle grow, and other supplies that Mj as project manager deemed necessary and we got to work. The only way I agreed to this is because I was promised gloves. I put 'em on and started grabbing handfuls of dirt and putting it into the planter box and an interesting thing happened. I realized that I didn't hate it. There was something somehow soothing about digging into the dirt with my gloved hands and using it to plant something and make it grow. I enjoyed placing the roots of these little plants into their new home. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be!!
When we stepped back to look at our handiwork I felt proud of it. I actually had fun and felt like we had accomplished something together. Now Mj has fresh Basil, Chives, Cilantro, Rosemary and Thyme to use for cooking. I suppose I can use them too considering I do get in there myself and cook these days. He also has the tomato plant he wanted. I don't like tomatoes but I got the dwarf mandarin orange tree I wanted. It's nice to have a bit more greenery out there. Planting it with my own hands gives me a greater interest in their survival which means I'm less likely to forget to water them and less likely to kill them. At least I hope so. I was so inspired that I FINALLY even ordered our patio furniture.
|Orange tree on the left and tomato plant to the right|
It felt so good to take a hot shower and relax after that. This is just another example of me being forced out of my comfort zone by Mj. I can be so stubborn sometimes but when I allow myself to be swayed 9 times out of 10 I'm glad that I did. We wanted a small yard with no grass so it would be low maintenence. There is no reason that I can't participate and help out. The weather is warming up nicely. I'm looking forward to finally enjoying our outdoor space and seeing the fruits of our labor. Literally.