At the end of every summer, I vow that I am not going to plant as many pots on my patio.
Trying to keep everything alive during the scorching August heat is not nearly as fun as watching the bloom flowers in the spring.
But after a cold and rainy winter, I make a beeline to the flower centers at the first sign of warm weather and load up my buggy – totally ditching my promise to cut back.
This year, I even added to my collection of containers since I found so many pretty plants and because hubby put in a brick addition to the backyard space.
A perfect excuse for more, don’t you think?
I can’t describe how my backyard oasis has made me smile. It has also welcomed birds, one of which built its nest in a small watering can I have sitting outdoors on a baker’s rack next to my kitchen window.
I think it was a little sparrow. Several times a day, I would see her bringing bits of food to her babies, and on one occasion when all was quiet, I could even hear her chicks peeping.
One afternoon, when mama bird was heading for her little one’s home, she was not happy with my outdoor presence. She began flying around chirping loudly. Obviously, she wanted me off the patio.
So, I obliged.
But when it happened again, I told her she was just going to have to figure out how to share the space.
In our busy and sometimes hectic lives, it is nice to have a place of solace, a place where you can watch and listen to nature.
For me, my patio has provided this comfort, but there have been other places here in Vicksburg that have also been a place of peace, like the waterfront down by the Levee Street floodgates.
There is something soothing about hearing the water as it laps against the bank of the river.
Then, there is the Louisiana Circle off Washington Street.
Like the little sparrow, one can get a bird’s eye view of the barges gliding down the river. And it’s something about their slow motion that can have a relaxing effect when life is moving so fast.
I have also driven down to where the new River Front Park is set to go in.
The view of the Mississippi River at Oak and Lee streets is one of awe. When I see its breadth, I know without a doubt there is something mightier that will heal my mortal worries.
Whether it’s rivers, mountain tops, oceans or even a backyard patio, nature has a way of bringing serenity.
Now that I think about it, maybe it was a good thing I didn’t follow through with my vow.
About Terri Cowart Frazier
Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”
Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.
Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.
Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.
“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’
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