Making Backyard Dreams a Reality


Backyard Updates Opening the gate to my backyard and walking down the  walkway, my friend paused, did a 360, and said, “Wow how did I miss this update on Real Life of an MSW?” I informed her she didn’t completely miss it as I had only penned a post about the meadows. She walked around as if she was in a secret garden and smiled and said girl you must tell the people this is a stunning oasis. So, now I sit here in my chaise and try to bring you up to speed.

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The new fence. Long beautiful blessed nightmare. It’s stunning craftmanship starts a half off foot off the ground to prevent dry rot and is much higher than the old fence -providing ample privacy. My question had always been: who pays for the shared fence? A few years ago, we asked those neighbors if we purchased the material, would they install it? The guy informed us he did not work for free, despite it being a shared fence, their owning two dogs, and his being a contractor. Well, this year the fence literally fell over from a bad winter storm. We footed the bill to replace it, and it is stunning. Though after it was installed, the contractor asked if we liked the color. Obviously we did or we would have said something beforehand. This is when he stated, “You need to apply stain to keep it.” I was flabbergasted and asked him why he didn’t tell us this beforehand. He said he hadn’t thought about it… beautiful blessed nightmare.

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The Rock Garden. While the fence was down, we thought if we are going to ever do this rock garden it is now or never. We hired a landscaping company and were amazed, as they completed the project in two days with a team of three. The rocks are stunning, and more beautiful than we could imagine.

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The patio. It is still gorgeous and I feel proud to dine on it and show it off; as a lot of labor, sweat, tears, and laughter have gone into the project.

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Trees: The Thuja green giant evergreens are now kissing the sky and provide a hedge of wonderful privacy, and an amazing view from my upstairs.

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We are happy with what we have dreamed up and agree it is more than either of us imagined.

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Rose is Rose Comic Strip for May 04, 2020

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Judgmental Employees

Q: As a manager, I always strive to maintain a professional demeanor in discussions with employees. But when critical and judgmental people try to twist the meaning of my words, I tend to freeze and shut down. This ends the conversation and keeps me from achieving my objective. What can I do about this? – Manager 

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I love the advice Marie McIntre gives “When someone tries to divert you by distorting your remarks, say, ‘That’s not what I meant,’ and then repeat your comments and refocus the conversation.” I would add that this individual should find a mentor who can help him practice taking a stand with these critical and judgmental employees. Some people only respect authority when that authority is clearly demonstrated. If this is a professional agency where individuals are licensed, I would recommend they take a continuing educational course in active listening.

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I Am Here

Some people can be there worst selves on the internet. But most of us don’t want to be. Mostly we want a safe space to connect. What if you aimed to build a kinder online community? Don’t they always say we should create the world we want?

Positively Purging-I welcome your feedbacks in the comments and your likes and passing the real life wisdom on to others as I embark on this new venture of “positively purging“, as I know each of these pieces represents something…

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Best Lemonade EVER

Real Life of an MSW

l.pngI don’t want argue or fight, but when someone starts to wax on about making lemonade, I give a little eye roll because I know the best EVER lemonade is found at Costco. Then I found myself reading this post, and Foodie Crush had me at Honey Simple Syrup. I found myself in my kitchen saying culinary challenge accepted. Here is my boozy summer twist on lemonade. Cheers!


 Honey simply syrup

  • ½ cup raw honey
  • ½ cup water
  • 1-2 sprigs of your rosemary
  • 1 slice fresh lemon

 Instructions :In a small saucepan, bring water and honey to a boil. Reduce heat, add a rosemary and simmer for 15 minutes or until reduced by half. Let cool.

 Methodology : Add mint, remaining rosemary, mint…

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