Thoughtful Friday

Thoughtful Friday, May 25 2012

How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes! ~Maya Angelou

Memorial Day is upon us this weekend, and all through America people will spend time picnicing, barbequing, and hanging out with their friends. We truly hope that you will spend some time this Memorial Day recognizing that there are thousands of dedicated, brave, and unselfish men and women who are putting themselves in harms way to keep us safe. They have families who sacrifice so much, on a daily basis - living life away from daddy or mommy, from their lovers and their soulmates.

Matt Mathews Photography: Remembering Our Lost Soldiers

While you play all weekend - and play you should - think about these men and women. If you know them, or their family, make it a point to call them and tell them thank you. Tell them you appreciate them, and all they do. If you're in a position, offer to help, if they need it. Think of them often, and always remember - every day - those that protect us.

And when you play, play hard, for that is what these brave soldiers would truly want.

Many thanks to Matt Mathews Photography for the generous use of his image. We'll feature a few more of his powerful works on Monday May 28, 2012 - and in the meantime, check him out on facebook, and take a gander at his website!

Memorial Day 2012

Thoughtful Friday, May 18 2012

The first rose of the season!

"Gardening is not a rational act."
"In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt."  
~Margaret Atwood

A couple of years ago we started a little vegetable garden right out front, with the main goal of getting Ben interested in where his food came from and getting him to eat his veggies.  And then, as they say, the bug bit me.  The second year, we added a 12' bed, and a 32' x 4' bed, as well as several containers.  This year (the third year), we've added four new raised beds, and still have one more to build.  All told, we'll have almost 600sq feet of veggie garden space.  

Chives and Herbs

It's addicting, that's for darn sure.  I find myself dreaming of new spaces, new plants, and new whatever.  And now, well.... now I'm finding I'm addicted to landscaping - I simply cannot WAIT to make the yard look fantastic.  On the plans?  A waterwheel, full landscaping all around the yard, a pergola with a swing (and hooks for the hammock!), a pergola with a gate, window boxes, framework for climing vines, a craftsman-style fence with a climbing hydrangea, a fire pit, a cob oven and a brick oven, a greenhouse.... yeah.  I just can't help it!  And no, I'm not interested in an intervention.

Spring Beauty

At least Ben and I get some serious quality time.  Since Janene has so much on her plate with the store, I spend most of my days with the kids so that she can work (and I work all night...).  But Ben LOVES the yard, and is talking incessently about the plans (including his "tree house").

Gardening is not a rational act - and at the end of the day, we do all pretty much smell like dirt...


Do you garden?  Are you a veggie gardener, a flower gardener, or both?

Thoughtful Friday - January 28, 2011

Have your heart in your life's work, and be stout-hearted. Do something, act always, and do it now. Don't be afraid. Many a man has been defeated by his doubts—lack of confidence. Take your risks—you cannot eliminate them, you cannot escape them. You can diminish them by dominating them. ~Batten's Wedge


Owning your own business - whether it be a retail storefront, a service, or whatever - is not for the faint of heart.  It's constant work, and constant stress - especially in an uncertain economy.  Which is why it is SO important to love what you do - to have your heart in your life's work.  

We LOVE The Weed Patch.  We live it, breathe it, and more than occasionally dream it while we're sleeping...  We love wearing so many hats, we love the products, we love Country Village, and most of all we love our customers.  You, our wonderful customers, are what make it all worth it!  

We get emails almost every day thanking us for something - and it's so encouraging and fun when we know that we've gone above and beyond for a customer, and that they notice.  But even for all those customers that don't email us a pat on the back, we truly LOVE going above and beyond.  We're not perfect, but we sure try hard.  Our hearts are definitely in our life's work!

So on this first Thoughtful Friday of 2011, we'd like to say thanks for being such wonderful customers - and more, wonderful friends.  If there's ever anything we can do to help you out, just ask!  If you just want to say hey, we love that, too!  Thanks for making The Weed Patch what it is, because without you, we would pretty much be...nothing!


Is your heart in your life's work?  Do you truly love what you do?  
Do you bravely take the risks necessary to reach your goals?

Thoughtful Friday 13

Ironic that our Thoughtful Friday 13 is on Friday the 13th? :)


A Snowflake is one of God's most fragile creations, but look what they can do when they stick together!  -Anonymous


Weather is a great metaphor for life - sometimes it's good, sometimes it's bad, and there's nothing much you can do about it but carry an umbrella.  -Pepper Giardino


The Eskimos had 52 names for snow because it was important to them; there ought to be as many for love.  -Margaret Atwood


The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found? -J.B. Priestly


"Advice is like snow -- the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind." -Samuel Taylor Coleridge