I am overwhelmed. I wrote several weeks ago in a newspaper column about how much I needed a water feature to help mask the sounds of traffic on my street which is in downtown Starkville.
Friends came out of the woodwork to help. That’s just the way people are in Mississippi. If they think you want or need something, they will go out of their way to help.
This time, my benefactors were Dot and Earl Thomas. They had been collecting old water pumps for many years and had more than they needed. So, out of the blue, they brought me the old pump pictured above. Earl and I ordered some old whisky barrels on line and he came over this morning to make it functional.
Now, I must tell you it didn’t happen easily. But Earl is a positive thinker and doer. He repeated several times “I think we have a great opportunity here.”
I finally learned that was his way of saying “We have a problem.” I like his way of thinking, and I’ve been using that philosophy ever since. I discovered my tire was a little low just now, and I immediately thought, “I have a great opportunity here.”
Try it out, it really takes the pressure off.
Ahhh. Bliss. I don’t even hear the traffic any more. If you knock on my door and no one answers, it’s because I’m out back enjoying my water fountain. It’s even motivated me to finally finish my little courtyard. I hired a man today to come help me tear down an old fence so I can make more space for another flower garden.
Of course, I had to head out to Lowe’s to find some new tropicals to compliment my fountain. And LOWE and behold I found they had put many of their 6-inch potted annuals on sale for 25 cents! I couldn’t have bought the potting soil that cheaply. I bought celosia, impatients and begonias.
If you have a Lowe’s nearby, I recommend you make a bee-line and check out the sale rack. They aren’t those pitiful, on their last leg, dead flowers – all healthy and just needing a home.
Tonight I’m going to burn candles in the courtyard and just “set a spell.” That’s why I love living in the south, heat and all.