Instead of a beautiful white dress and perfect fingernails and hair, I usually don't look quite like this delicate maiden. My fingernails are shot! Literally! Dirty jeans, windblown hair, smelly, sweaty and smiling from ear to ear. When I can get out into the yard and get down in the dirt, pull weeds, rearrange rocks, push bark from here to there in my wheelbarrow and use my own homemade compost* I'm just as happy as I can be. My little dog likes to be with me and spends a lot of time watching for turkey vultures lest they should make a pass over our house. The sound of the robins and little house wrens feeding and raising their young, the smell of alyssum and heliotrope, just the right temperature - it just doesn't get any better than this. Diane
*a constant source of snickering and criticism in my family - UNTIL Leonard used some of it, now he doesn't make fun of it anymore).