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"Taking care of your inner landscape"

This is what the yoga teacher at Van Vleck House and Gardens said to us in a middle of a Downward Facing Dog. And I thought, how appropriate - for the season and for me personally.

If you look around, and I think especially on our block, EVERYONE is working. We have one neighbor rebuilding the sidewalk, another building a retaining wall, yet another replacing the roof, the one next to them remodeling, then another one painting... Then there's us and all our projects. As I said, everyone is doing something.

With all that is going on, I felt justified to take an hour off and "take care of my inner landscape." And what a great surrounding to do it in.

We were thinking about planting a wisteria by the back door, but, alas, it is poisonous, and we simply don't have enough manpower to keep the kids away. Fortunately, a very lovely alternative, one which we like even better emerged - lilac.


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