We went to visit my sweet old Aunty Izzy tonight. I've mentioned her before. She lives around the corner from us and we've kind of become her surrogate family......even though we really are family. What I mean is....Aunty Izzy has no siblings, no living children and no grandchildren. She is actually my father's sister-in-law, and my father's brother passed away 25 years ago.
So we kind of adopted her.....or she adopted us. Either way, we stay in touch with her, help her out when she'll let us, and invite her to all our holidays and family functions.
We went over to her place tonight to pick up a few pieces of furniture she had for us. And she showed us her garden.
Singlehandedly, behind her elderly housing unit, she created the most magnificent garden I've ever seen. It stretches on forever and is filled with all kind of plants. In between are little walkways, birdbaths, cute little signs and a wishing well. And surrounding the entire thing is a rock wall. That she built. All by herself. Every single rock dug up from the ground and hauled in from the woods behind her building.
And in the front of the building....the same thing. Only these rocks she had to haul from the back all the way to the front!
I'm amazed that at her age ....84.....she has the energy and stamina to make such lovely surroundings for herself. My hats off to her. And I hope I can follow in her footsteps.