~1~ I work as a writer and have had a few things published here and there: Canticle Magazine, parish newsletters, a literary magazine. But a gardening magazine? Uhm ... no.
~2~ Don't get me wrong, I love working in the yard. I plant pansies. I have three giant ferns hanging on our front porch. I love arranging freshly cut flowers for table decorations. Every once in a while I have even grown things (I am pretty successful with basil). But a Gardener is an entirely different level, and I am so not there.
~3~ And yet, here is the April issue of Georgia Gardening and there, on page 32, is an article entitled Outdoor Living: Tips To Get More For Less. I am mentioned in that article, along with photos of our outdoor brick patio/fire pit/seating area.
~4~ You see, my friend Mary Louise writes for the magazine. Mary Louise is a Master Gardener ... something I most definitely am not. But when she heard that Joe and I were creating an outdoor seating area, she asked us to chronicle the process.
~5~ Here's my favorite line from her article: My friend Maria is a creative do-it-yourselfer. She tackles many home projects and completes them with the finesse of a true designer.
~6~ Stop it, I'm blushing.
~7~ My family, supportive as ever, keeps asking: How in the world did you get into a gardening magazine?
I would be insulted, but I keep asking myself the very same thing.
*now go visit Jen at Conversion Diary, she likes castaway stories.