MusicMan and I had a date last night. The kids went to N&P's for the weekend and we went out to dinner. I experienced one of the most productive weeks with my business and wanted to celebrate - beginning at the restaurant and ending in our bedroom.
While at the restaurant, I drank an entirepitcher of Quervo Gold Margaritas. Every single one was good. I met a lady on the way out who leads our local MO*PS group and booked a group spa for her group. Things lately seem to be landing in my lap. It must be the energy and focus coming back to me. When we left the restaurant, I was having one of the best buzzes that I can remember. It continued after we got home and me being the person that I am and receiving the excellent loving that I did - I was passed out by 8:30 PM. Good sex does that for me. It was an incredible evening for both people involved.
The drawback to being passed out before 9 is that once I've had 6 hours of sleep (no matter when it starts) I'm ready to get up and get moving. So - at 3:50 AM this morning, I was wide-ass-awake with my mind recounting last nights time together and then my thoughts ran to how happy I have been.
Now I'm not saying that I haven't had challenges or set backs or arguments or disappointments in the past few weeks.....but I am saying that I have felt better, been more productive both personally, physically and financially and been resting better. Those 8 weeks in the summer when I had some kind of virus and was literally down for the count - those were miserable times for me. I felt helpless and had to search hard to find the happiness in that time. The past two or three weeks are such a contrast to that time and Thank God - I'm doing better.
Happiness for me this morning was being able to come back to bed after being awake a few hours and then sleep till 8. Happiness was waking up to another round of last night minus the tequila :) I fixed us breakfast and coffee while he walked the dog and we went to work on the yard again. I'm starting to see payoffs and I'm continuing to feel better about what we are accomplishing and how it's looking.
Last week I shared pictures when we had the 20 something Camellia tree removed.
Today we filled that area with some new plants and some ground cover that will eventually cover the entire area. Happiness is getting much accomplished and then being able to stand back and admire your work while knowing that it will continue to look better and better each passing year. Happiness is also knowing that we spent less than $53 on that entire bed. Plants that I got last week on sale and pine straw and ground cover this morning. It's also good to know that I paid as we went.
The 3 Acoma White Crepe Myrtles that I got last week at Lowe's on such deep discount are the taller trees on the backside of the bed. The tall plant closest to the bottom right is the first one. The other two aren't very visible in this picture. They are 8 feet apart. Here is what they look like at full height. My hope is that they will be a visual "knockout" when you come around the curve in the subdivision and see them and that they will provide privacy from the houses down the culdesac.
Realistically, it will take about 6-8 years for them to get to this size; however, I am pretty confident that they will look good in that spot as they grow. Each year, it will get better and better.
The ground cover is Blue Pacific Shore Juniper. It will take 3 or 4 years for it to spread to a 5-6 foot area with each plant. The pine straw will define the bed until then. I couldn't find a decent picture of what it looks like from 10 feet away but this is the closet to show what I am working towards.
I chose this because of the texture and growth habit of the plant. Our neighbors have this in their yard about 20 feet away from this bed and I wanted some continuity too. Once things get established, it will be low maintenance with big impact visually.
Right now, happiness is being done for the day, completing this post, and knowing that a warm shower and chemical peel awaits me. MusicMan has a gig tonight so I'll have the house to myself. If I feel like it, I may play with my African Violets and do some re potting on a few of them.
What is happiness for you lately?