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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 05-09-2019

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VALLEY BREEZE LIVING EDITION | MAY 9-15, 2019 AT HOME 3 A book on grandparenting "When are you going to write a book on grandparenting?" is a ques- tion asked of me by lots of folks, most of who – no surprise here – are grand- parents. My stock answer: "I might, some- day, that is, but right now I'm working on some other projects that are taking up most of my time blah blah blah." Don't get me wrong. I've thought about a book on grandparenting, and I may still write one. If I do, it may con- sist of real-life horror stories I've heard from grandparents around the USA (and, of course, my advice concerning each horror). These tales of woe aside, many boomers are less than thrilled with the way many of their children are parenting. It certainly deserves a book. So, the bottom line is that I'm not going to write a "how to be the grand- parent your grandkids want you to be (whether they know it or not)" book. Traditional Parenting JOHN ROSEMOND See PARENTING, Page 8 Gardening can break your heart Before we even start here, let me just say one thing. I don't like gar- dening. I like flowers and I love my fresh herbs. Gardening is the price I pay for having them. That being said, I will get on with the story. When I woke up this morning I checked the weather forecast on my computer. Cloudy with a high of 57 and a 20 percent chance of rain. Forecast for the next two days: cool and rainy. Nothing new there. It has been cool or outright cold and rainy, with varying amounts of wind that will either merely ruffle your hair or might send your trash cans careening down the street or into your neigh- bor's yard. The problem here is that we are no longer in March, or even April. It is now May. Last month, I patched big bald spots in the strip of lawn I had plant- ed two years ago with much blood, sweat and tears. I'd had it rototilled, I raked until my hands were blis- tered and sore, pulling out lawn carts full of old roots and weeds. I rented a roller, filled it with water, and lev- eled and flattened the whole area before putting down really good, expensive grass seed, rolled it again, and watered it twice a day until wispy little green things gave the whole area a pale green tinge. What eventually grew was roughly 25 per- cent grass and 75 percent crabgrass, all of it interspersed with bare spots. Four weeks ago, ever the optimist and knowing that rain was being forecast, I got out there and put down the patching stuff they show on TV that's guaranteed to grow grass even on concrete. That done, I over-seeded other areas on the rest of the front lawn. I didn't com- plain about the cool damp weather because it was good for growing grass. I am just now beginning to see tiny wisps of green stuff beginning to emerge. Time alone will tell exactly what it is. The irony here is that last fall I worked like a dog in my big peren- nial bed on the front lawn, digging out weeds and unwanted grass, put- ting down layers of newspaper to smother any further growth, and then layering it all with a thick coat- ing of mulch. As we speak ... and as the tiny wisps are emerging on the far side of the driveway ... one end of the perennial bed is heavily covered knee-deep in lusty green grass that is a foot taller than the coral bells and lady's mantle now lost in its midst, and the middle section of the bed has mysteriously sprouted a bumper crop of wild onions. Wild onions?! Where did those come from? I have been digging out onions, pulling weeds, and managing to stay right on top of the bleeping mint that keeps wanting to overrun another area out there, but most days it is still either too cold or too wet to get down on my knees and really get much done. Last fall, while I was out there day after day, "toiling in the fields of the Lord" so to speak, I also thinned out several plants, transplanted others, and added two or three new perenni- als that my neighbor Sue shared with me. I then waited all winter long, eager to see how it would all look. Turns out what it looks like is a lot more work. The stunning cloud of miniature daffodils that grew in such profusion this spring appears to have expanded right into the newly estab- lished hydrangea to its right and is See RHEA, Page 9 My Life RHEA BOUCHARD POWERS Dining Guide PRIVATE FUNCTIONS Anniversaries Bridal & Baby Showers Birthdays • Graduations Bereavement Luncheons Business Meetings & more The perfect location with beautiful views of the Blackstone River. 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