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Here it is, after 4 months of growing weather.  The garden faces due east and is protected on 3 sides, so it thrived victoriously—spring frosts notwithstanding.  Our hot, humid summer has agreed with this garden, as it gets sun in the morning and shade from 1:00 p.m. on.

The rose bushes which were decimated by slugs have been restored, and they are blooming in there among the other perennials and herbs.  For an account of the rebirth of the roses, and a photo of them in all their new glory, see http://northernreflections.wordpress.com/

Every day I glean messages, inspiration, and a fresh sense of wonder from my gardens.  I have several around our part of our condo, but this patio garden pictured above is my favorite because—as you can see from the photo—it’s an extension of our living room.  The little garden is with us every day, all day, and we love it.

Margaret L. Been, ©2010

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Since May, with a few brief interludes where a light sweater was welcome, we’ve experienced an old-fashioned summer in Southern Wisconsin.  High heat and humidity—that special Lake Michigan area feature I’d nearly forgotten about in 8 years of Northwoods living—have reigned supreme, reminding me of those childhood years when we spent our summer evenings sitting on porches with fans.

Although we have air conditioning, Joe and I dislike the unnatural feel of it—so we have never turned it on.  We have 2 large windows which face south, and a patio door plus a front door facing east  The east side of our home is shaded from noon on, by a patio roof and the building on either side of our alcove. 

Each room in our home has a ceiling fan.  With everything open and the fans at full tilt, we are comfortable in the hottest, most humid of days.  Life is good!  How we are enjoying our languid summer! 

But yesterday we were reminded that we still do live in Wisconsin where seasonal change is a significant part of life.  We had news-breaking rain, flash floods, and violent thunder storms. 

The monstrous thunder cracks right outside our windows were disconcerting, until I immersed myself in the last chapters of Job, and reflected on the awesome power of our God.  Weather is our major reminder that, whatever happens and whatever people and governments may do, God is in control

God never changes, but weather does.  Here in beautiful Wisconsin, we are experiencing whispers of change.

Margaret L. Been, ©2010

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