My little red tether is my anchor in running with my friends. A beautiful guide dog has been my tether/anchor in mobility and independence for 17 years: 1. Pantera 2. Cricket, and now my beautiful 3. Georgina (Georgie). A life of family and friends is my joy and anchor in life.

The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. CC Scott

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Grounding

One of my 'grounding activities' is gardening. Cricket also loves this time to get a little dirty and be outside exploring.
Where flowers bloom, so does hope. Lady Bird Johnson
Sometimes I am asked how I garden as a person who is blind. I have our yard visualized in my head and generally weed, water and plant in the same pattern each time. At the start of the season, I might mistake a flower for a weed and pull it up -- but I have learned they replant just fine. I try to use a container to keep my yard tools in so that I am not continually searching for them. I love walking with Steve around the yard and experiencing the garden as we talk about what is planted and what is blooming. We can learn a lot from flowers.

Bloom where you are planted.

5 comments:

Erin said...

Congratulations on being in the GDB newsletter! That is a pretty special honor.

Becky said...

Thanks, Erin. Love GDB.

Retired Duo said...

Beautiful flowers in the photos, Becky. I wondered how you were able to garden and now I know. I've been watching Amie Chapman's videos, Growing Up Guide Pup. Very educational and entertaining. The puppy raisers have such dedication!

Pat

Erin said...

"Bloom where you are planted" is a favorite of mine. You are such an amazing example of that quote. I love that you don't let your vision problems stop you from doing the things you love. You are such an example to so many people Becky! I have loved getting to know you and your fun personality through blogging.

karen (Mom) said...

One of Ralph Waldo Emerson's quotes is: The Earth smiles in Flowers. I keep the sign in my sun porch where flowers are usually in view. Your are an amazing person, Becky