Nesting at 60 Something…

Is there such a thing as menopausal nesting? This Memorial weekend seemed like a non stop nesting event for both myself and Dear. We organized, trashed and reorganized a lot of our junk. We made trips to the metal recycling sight and now have more piles of stuff to get rid of. Good times. We had some sunshine, some mist, some rain, cold mornings, warm afternoons. We enjoyed good company and our time with each other. Some of our motivation to clean out is the fact that we are getting ready to finally replace our well worn floors in this old house.

All of these spaces will be hardwood by the end of July. Once the hardwood is added we will choose and plan the timing to have carpeting replaced in our bedrooms and living room. Makes me tired just thinking about it. I took some time to walk about the yard with my camera for some relaxing distraction.

The Camellias are at the end of their glory.

I’m excited to see my 5 Peonies that will soon burst forth into their full bloom. Last year I only had one.

My Rhoddies are dropping their blooms.

As some blooms are fading we have the promise of more blooms to come.

I ended my walk about the yard by looking up. It’s good to remember to keep looking up!

Psalm 121: 1-8 (ESV)

I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.

 He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
  Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

 The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
  The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.

 The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
  The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.

Hope you had time to look up, too. Blessings.

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

14 thoughts on “Nesting at 60 Something…

  1. I so need to go through our stuff again. It just seems to be a never ending process. I love those perenials with the little bell like pink flowers. So pretty and delicate!

  2. We call it the Menopause Clause around here….it is the reasoning, the excuse, the cause of ALL things. We are purging in hopes of selling and moving to the city next year, but I think we would be purging and cleaning even if it wasn’t for that. It just seems time to go through everything. Life is so different for us, even how we use this home so we are not in need of a lot of this stuff around here. I can get overwhelmed thinking about the 17 spaces/rooms that need I to go through, sorting, cleaning, packing up better in tubs and bins and purging. Then I just make myself take it one room or project at a time. I keep a list of everything BUT I do not look at it until I have something to mark off the list. That’s my only key to survival.

    I’m so glad you went out looking. Your flowers are so different from ours and I never weary of enjoying the variety of God’s creations around this world He created. However, I laughed hard until I read what the pink flowers were. I was trying to imagine what kind of flower would be popping up out of the grass randomly. We plant crocus randomly in our yard as they can bloom in the snow but your picture gave me a laugh. What a beautiful scripture to end with!

  3. Hi Ellen, it’s good to see all the color and sunshine up there! I like what Pam said about the Menopause Clause. But that kind of work has always been a favorite with me, menopause or no. It’s great to feel the sense of accomplishment and things all in order when you are done.
    Ellen, I am sending you an email also.

  4. What stunning picture of your Camelia, Ellen – it is perfection itself!
    Yes, I’m trying to declutter and purge some of the stuff I’ve collected over the 37 years we’ve been in this old house. Now the kitchen is new and I find I’m getting fussy about what I put back into it!

  5. I hope nesting never ends because I do enjoy it! Lots of hard work there. Glad you could take a stroll around your beautiful garden to rejuvenate yourself.

  6. Sounds like you have a great start to getting ready for your new floors! They will be beautiful! I can feel your weariness but it will all be worth the work and the “nesting” – I love that description! Keep looking UP – it’s all good!

  7. Those are some pretty amazing photos of the blossoms. I really liked the rhodo blooms on the grass. I’m excited for your reflooring adventure. We’ve done it here too and it is just so fun to be out with the old and in with the new!

  8. You will love hardwood floors, Ellen. That was one of the things looked for when we were buying this house, as I had them in Brooklyn. Your garden flowers are beautiful –I can’t wait to see your Peonies in bloom. I always think of these verses when I look up at the mountians!

  9. My my. You are going to have your work cut out for you! But it will be wonderful when the project gets done. Meanwhile, thank you for the beautiful images of PNW beauties in your garden.

  10. Lovely photos of the gardens… What an exciting time for you as you anticipate new floors throughout the house. I see why you are bailing so to speak. =D Oh, your comment at my post about being deported had me chuckling!

  11. I can imagine all the trips to the recycling and feeling good with that job done. The floors will look so nice in wood and new carpets….but ya I can imagine how you feel tired before the real work begins…..I’m smiling knowing ‘that’ stage of life. LOL
    Your yard is pretty and every changing for you. Keep looking up…’s the only thing that will keep us on track.

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