my cat waiting very "patiently" to go outside in the morning -- just moments before she was sitting on her haunches (bear style) pawing at the window
I finally have my own (very small) reading garden on the back patio of my townhouse. I live in the city, so I don't have any yard. None at all... not one blade of grass that is my very own. But I do have three patios, and in the three years I have lived here I have done nothing with them. They have been the last parts of the house to get put together. Namely because they're not incredibly private, so I don't spend a lot of time out there. However, the back patio off of my kitchen (pictured above) is possibly the most private so I decided to make it into a reading garden. I spent this week at Osh, talking with the people in the nursery, buying plants and figuring out how to get the trellises home (on which I am growing Jasmine to make a wall between me and my neighbors) in my little black Jetta (sticking out of both back seat windows, thank you very much). I bought the chairs at Rite Aid and had the little round stool already. So I got down and dirty and cleaned up the porch, planted the flowers, and added the chairs. Then I spent the next few mornings reading The Hunger Games out there while having breakfast. My cat (who is an indoor cat and goes out there with me on a leash -- not her favorite thing, but she's super fast and I don't need her jumping up a tree in the blink of an eye) now reminds me every morning, by meowing incessantly, that we need to go outside and eat water the flowers (she pays particular attention to the grass and I keep her away from the rest... and try to keep her away from the grass and direct her to her 'kitty grass' that I have near her food).
I'm so glad I finally took the time to do this. I am really enjoying it! One of my favorite places to read is at my mom's house. She has a large courtyard that is to die for with an in ground garden that is incredible. We sit there often to read and talk and I love it:
Someday, I will have a place of my own that is not attached to anyone else's home, that boasts grass and an in ground garden, and I will love it to bits and pieces. But for now, I will be satisfied with the new reading garden -- my little corner of the city.