Journey 272: National Coffee Day

Today’s holiday, a favorite for coffee drinkers, is not one I normally celebrate. I’ve never been a drinker of the dark elixir although it smells wonderful as its brewing. I just haven’t developed the habit of drinking coffee, or acquired a taste for it. My hot beverage of choice is tea. 


However, from my year of firsts in 2014, and experiencing new things, and my year of journeys this year, I have developed the habit of being open to possibilities. And I especially like trying something different. As I was finishing up my afternoon, I decided to join the hordes of coffee drinkers enjoying this day. Where does one go to get a cup of coffee? Starbucks! I opted for the drive-through and a cup to go, my first ever from this popular coffee shop. 
I am grateful for the menu board in the drive-through at Starbucks, as I had no idea what to get. Veering away from a cup of plain coffee, straight up, I perused the options, hoping for something with pumpkin flavoring in it. I was excited to see a Pumpkin Spice Latte, and ordered that, tall. I know, almost not a coffee, but for a non-coffee drinker like me, it was the perfect choice. 

I saved my coffee, to enjoy at home with a coconut and pumpkin seed protein bar, creating a rather unconventional afternoon tea! And enjoy it I did. The drink was rich and flavorful. I will  most definitely have a Pumpkin Spice Latte again. And who knows, perhaps I’ll eventually become a real coffee drinker!


Journey 120: Screen Door in the Garden

screen door garden 2

This afternoon, while practicing one of my favorite past times, puttering in the garden, I stepped into the garage/workshop to search for an item. I walked deeper into the garage than I normally do when I am grabbing a rake or a shovel. I was surprised to see the vintage screen door propped there that I bought earlier in the year. Although I purchased it because the open door is my symbol for this year, I had stashed the gray screen door in the garage and forgotten about it!

I had time to drag the door out into the bright spring sunshine and move it about the garden, stepping back to consider and get an idea of how best to use the door in that location. I came up with several possible uses and decided to do a first on the blog. I’m posting pictures of potential creative uses and asking for a vote on which idea the readers like the best. It can be a shared creative endeavor. I’m open to other suggestions as well, so feel free to comment!

screen door garden

1. Most simple idea: Use as a trellis for a climbing rose or vine.

screen door trellis

Here is an example of the trellis idea from Pinterest

screen door in meditation garden

2. Use the door as a cover over the meditation area. I could string white lights across it.

screen door garden 3

3. I could set the door at an angle and use it as a trellis or hang a wreath from the door, as in this picture from Pinterest.

screen door garden 4

4. This is the most complicated use, which would involve using the door for a future enclosure within the yard. Picture from Pinterest

5. I don’t have a picture of another possibility, which would be to secure the door horizontally on the fence and train two or three climbing or vining plants on it.

I’m excited about the possibilities and look forward to incorporating the screen door into the garden. I love my Peace Door, which serves as a gate into this backyard paradise. The screen door brings a homey, vintage quality into the garden, which I love. Which idea appeals to you the most? Please take a moment to comment here on WordPress or on Facebook, and I’ll post the results. Together, we are creating beauty on the journey!

screen door peace door