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Morning Report: Dahlias

Red Dahlia Bloom
Dahlias Begin!
We planted many dahlias in the Cut Flower Garden as well as along the Fruit and Veggie Garden west fence. They are now starting to bloom and will continue building a bold display of color through the fall.

I was speaking with our neighbor Suzanne yesterday. She commented on the flowers we’ve planted street-side –a 30′ perennial border we call the Street Garden. We’re developing it to have 3-season color (it includes daffodils, tulips, wallflower, foxglove, day lilies, painted daisies, black-eyed susan, bachelor buttons, daisies, asters). She shared with me her own street-side garden she’s started in the spirit of bringing smiles to friends passing by.

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary

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Morning Report: Visit the Gardens Saturday, July 7

Pink Portulaca Flower
Hot Pink Portulaca
Many wonderful flowers are now blooming in the gardens, including the fruity-colored portulaca. Karl and I welcome you to visit the gardens this Saturday morning, July 7, from 9am – 12pm. Take time to linger in the gardens, simply sit, walk or wheel at your own pace. Bring a friend, loved one, or small group.

Email us (programs@rest-stop-ranch.com) to reserve your Saturday morning garden-time (free-of-charge, rain or shine).

What: Visit the Gardens
When: Saturday, July 7, 9am – 12pm
Where: Rest.Stop.Ranch, 202 Haverhill Rd., Topsfield, MA 01983
How much: Free-of-charge

The MargFMac Front Garden Loop is a 0.1 mile wheelchair accessible garden path providing access to: The Cut Flower Garden, Fruit and Veggie Garden, Orchard Ave, Ornamental Tree and Shrub Garden, Raspberry Patch, Cedar Grove and Tunnel, and Koi Pond.

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary

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Morning Report: Hasta Blue

Hasta Bloom
Hasta Bloom
Bright green and blue hastas line the pathway into our home, above the Koi Pond. In the past we’ve had deer munching on these leaves, but I think Miss Honey’s presence on the property is helping to keep the hastas happy.

Living with Long-Term Illness: Reflections from our family story
My father returned to his home in Syracuse yesterday. He was three weeks with us and had expected heart valve surgery this month. He was disappointed to return home without it (He was told that the new pace maker implant improved his heart function to a level that disqualified him from the study in which he had previously been accepted). He will return at the end of summer for another valve check-in. Being again in limbo, waiting and wondering, while not feeling any better, is frustrating for him. He’s doing great with keeping a positive attitude and is planning on taking care of a few things back home before he returns again to Boston.

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary

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Morning Report: Koi Pond Iris, Savorii

Koi Pond: Koi & Iris
Late June Koi Pond
At the Body, Mind & Spirit Festival in Marblehead this past weekend I met two women social entrepreneurs, Pat and Pat, who are empowering women and men at the St. Francis House of Boston and the Women’s Collaborative in Lowell with sewing projects that provide jobs and income. The social enterprise is called Savorii, formerly known as Green Lifesavor. Annette, who helped me at the “Marymac Missions” table at the event surprised me with a gift of one of Savorii’s creations: The Salem Sack. My sack was made by Joe at the St. Francis House – I love it.

These women will be coming to our home, Rest.Stop.Ranch, in the near future to tour our wheelchair accessible gardens with their family member who uses a wheelchair.

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary

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Morning Report: Japanese Iris, Body/Mind/Spirit Fest

Lavender Japanese Iris Bloom
The Color of Intuition
My intuition tells me… What does your intuition tell you this morning? Take 5 minutes to notice how Spirit is moving you gently towards greater self-love and wholeness in your life.

(Marblehead, MA) Friends North of Boston: Remember the Body, Mind & Spirit Festival tomorrow, Saturday: 10am-3pm, St. Andrew’s Church, 135 Lafayette Street, Marblehead, MA, 01945. The Marymac Missions table will be inside the building and will offer:
– Meet & Greet: Stop by and say hello!
– A tabletop digital presentation: A short, silent, and colorful presentation introduces Marymac Missions’ service offerings (5 min).
– Marymac Missions’ poster & literature
– “Families Affected by Dementia Globally and Locally” poster & Alzheimer’s Association literature

Also, I will offer three short programs which will take place inside the church building.
“Take Care of Yourself: Seven Sustainable Skills for the Long-Term Care Journey.”
10:15 am 10-minute talk
11:00 am 60-minute workshop
1:00 pm 60-minute workshop

I look forward to seeing you there!
~ Mary

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Morning Report: Japanese Iris

Japanese Iris
Hovering
Hummingbirds have been a topic of self-care discussion in the My Doable Self-Care Plan 4-week Small Group. As I look into the image of these japanese iris in bloom, I see birds in flight and also, hovering, still in space with outstretched wings. Can you imagine the energy it takes to hold such a posture? … and breathe … !

Watching the New Hampshire PBS special on hummingbirds this week, I learned a few things about this bird that seem to be a wonderful metaphor for caregivers and adults living with chronic illness.

Flexibility ~ one of the most flexible birds, s/he is able to fly briefly backwards and hovers by employing a figure-8 wing movement.

Adaptation & Adjustment ~ the hummingbird adjusts and adapts as needed to her/his environment.

Energy Expense ~ always on overdrive, a hummingbird heart beats 600x/minute and up to 1200x/minute when in flight.

Nutrition ~ the hummingbird must consume many more times its body weight to have the energy to keep up.

Energy Conservation ~ in the evening, the hummingbird rests and stops; body temperature is reduced to mirror the temperature of the night air and the heart beat slows to a fraction of the daytime heartbeat; the bird enters a state of torpor. This respite enables her/him to survive the night.

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary

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Morning Report: Summer Walk & Wheel

Karl and I assisted Dad with a wheel around the MargFMac Front Garden Loop late yesterday afternoon. If it wasn’t for my father suggesting we take some photos, I wouldn’t have thought to videotape this Father’s Day stroll. Dad enjoyed seeing and smelling the Sweet William and roses as well as observing the many different plantings and horticulture methods in use along the path.

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary

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Morning Report: Wood Frog

Wood Frog
Wildlife Resident
As Miss Honey and I stepped out for our morning walk, I noticed this small jumper near my left ankle. Miss Honey didn’t stop to investigate, but I did. I guess we just missed squashing this little guy. Right in the grass, on the main way to the front gardens, this wood frog hurried to conceal himself within the green blades. Moving slowly and quietly, I was able to get within 2 inches of him for this photo.

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary