“All gardening is landscape painting,” William Kent.

If this is true, then am I an artist? I guess that might be stretching things a bit but it was a good week to be playing in the dirt. I get so excited when I see that first plant break through the dirt, and I anxiously await the first harvest. Gardening can bring so much joy and satisfaction. When I was young I was my grandfathers little tom boy who loved playing in the dirt, going fishing and growing my own worms. We learn so many skills and life lessons from our parents and grandparents, some of which have a more profound impact on our lives then maybe we suspected at the time that we first experienced or learned them. One lesson I try to practice every day is to be grateful for the many blessings I have and to share those blessings with others.

We had guests visit, family, friends that are like family and a surprise visitor this week. Our surprise visitor told us that his family used to own this property and as a boy he spent many weekends playing in the creek and going to the waterfall. He had his grandson with him and wanted to show him the waterfall. What a welcome surprise. He left promising that we would hear from him again and he agreed to share more about the history of this beautiful place we now call home.

Here at the retreat all are welcome. “May all who enter as a guest, leave as friends,” Unknown. This is so easy to do and brings so much joy.

“Fundamentally, hospitality is simply love in action. It has much more to do with the resources of a generous heart than with sufficiency of food or space,” Unknown. It’s a good time of year to come for a visit or take some time to spend with friends and family. This time of year is also a busy time for events and activities happening in our community.

I stopped in at the benefit soup supper sponsored by the art students at the Clinton High school this week. I was by myself that night and I asked to join another couple sitting at a table by themselves. It turned out that the lady I met will be a new teacher at the school this next year. We had a very nice visit, enjoyed dining on some really great soup and I even cheated and had some dessert. I love the pottery I got to take home but meeting new people, sharing with others is so rewarding. In a garden we plant a seed, tend the garden and wait for the harvest. When we show actions of love the harvest is instantaneous. Spreading the seeds of love, one day at a time.

I’m writing this article on Earth day so it seems fitting that your Kindness challenge for the week is: Help plant a garden or if you don’t have a garden maybe a house plant or plant flowers outside.

Have a great week, spread seeds of love and if you would like to book a day or overnight stay at the retreat give us a call. If you have a heart warming story, a thought or word of inspiration, or if you would like more information on how you can make a difference in your community by giving to seniors call, 501-253-4716, email grandmayogi7@yahoo.com, text or message me on Facebook through The Dirty Farmers Community Market page.