Suspended Suspense – Creating a Suspended Trellis

March 3, 2014

009The back of my house faces the south, which creates a lot of heat in the rooms that face my back yard. The living room has a bit of an overhang, so the room is not so hot in the  heat of a Tucson summer sun.  However, the master bedroom that I use for my studio, that does not have an overhang, heats up to the point that even with air conditioning and a ceiling fan it’s too hot to work, especially in the afternoons.

So, in the two years I’ve lived here I’ve been mulling over the solution, and today I completed the project that developed. I’ve had more grandiose designs in mind, but I haven’t had a budget that would accommodate those plans. Faced with another summer that is coming too soon, I knew I had to get to work.

It was easy to decide to plant a vine that would grow in front of the window, providing shade and an interesting view from inside, in addition to creating a nice element in the yard. I went online to research what kinds of trellises were available that would do the trick and be affordable. Always looking for a practical and inexpensive solution, I didn’t find much that 1) suited my budget and 2) was a project that I, by myself, could handle. I live alone and haven’t connected yet with any handymen who might be of assistance.

I visited a nursery that carried the kind of trellis I was interested in, and was dismayed by 1) the cost and 2) the bulk that would require more effort than what I wanted to offer to install it. So then I did more research, checking gardening articles online and visiting Lowe’s and Home Depot via the Internet. Those articles began to give me an idea. I eventually did see that someone had created a suspended trellis on the side of their house, hanging it from the rafters. And another article showed someone using construction re-mesh for trellising for his garden.  Voila! I put the two ideas together and then began shopping.

Suspended Trellis 003Last week,  after checking the details of my situation (location of rafters, distance from the outside wall/window, etc.) I went to Home Depot and bought one sheet of 4′x7′ concrete re-mesh, four eye screws, a roll of wire and two springs. Plus, as I couldn’t find the bungee cords that I put somewhere in my recently organized garage, I bought some to hold the re-mesh to the rack of my vehicle. This is a project that really had to fit my capabilities to lift, stretch, climb, etc. without the help of another person. Total cost, $34 plus change.

Suspended Trellis 013Using a ladder and simple tools (hammer, nail to create a pilot hole for the eye screw, screw driver to put in eye screw to leverage it into the hole, and pliers for bending the wire and attaching the springs) I began.

Because the rafters and window were not symmetrically aligned  the lengths of the wire ‘loops’ that attach the re-mesh to the eye screws had to be adjusted. That made the placement a little off center to the window, but I decided that the vine (I chose a Carolina jasmine – that I still need to buy) would take care of that aesthetic detail as it grows.

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Suspended Trellis 016When I was RVing I had tie-downs with springs and heavy-duty stakes to keep the awing from flying away in a wind. For this project I re-used the stakes and added different springs – springs to allow the trellis to give a bit in a wind.

Suspended Trellis 024I’m excited to see how it actually works once I get the plant growing there. There is room for adjustment, re-dos as needed. And I can do it myself. Being self-reliant is a good thing. It builds confidence and the knowledge that I am capable in manifesting a creation.

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Reflections on a New Beginning

January 31, 2014

Balancing EggIt’s been my practice to give attention to the moon phases, especially the new moon because I was born on a new moon. Yesterday the New Moon was at about 11 degrees Aquarius.  And today begins the Chinese New Year of the Horse. Both auspicious for new beginnings.

I recently downloaded all my posts from previous years so I could revisit them and possibly put them into an order for a future memoir.

And here, for the “new year” is a re-post of my offering for new beginnings in January of 2010, which seems still applicable for today and tomorrow, and each tomorrow beyond that.


Keeps on slippin‭’‬,‭ ‬slippin‭’‬,‭ ‬slippin‭’ ‬-‭ ‬into the future.

Where did the last decade go?‭ ‬I know I don’t feel any older,‭ ‬although the mirror says I’m becoming an old woman,‭ ‬and my body has its repertoire of aches and pains.

When I first began to make significant changes in my life,‭ ‬around‭ ‬1990,‭ ‬the lyrics of the Steve Miller Band’s song‭ “‬Fly Like an Eagle‭” ‬came to my mind one morning.‭ ‬And across the bed from me,‭ ‬on the wall was a Japanese painting of a golden eagle.‭ ‬It’s been my experience for many years that I receive‭ “‬messages‭” ‬from my spirit through songs that come to me in the mornings after I awake‭ ‬-‭ ‬they are significant only if I haven’t heard them within the last few days. That morning I knew that something was brewing.

I didn’t hear that song this morning‭; ‬however,‭ ‬I am reminded by the date on the calendar that time surely is slippin‭’ ‬into the future. I’m in the future I didn’t know about in‭ ‬1990.‭ ‬It’s been an incredible journey since then! And if it’s true that we create our reality,‭ ‬then I wonder…

What was I thinking‭?!!!!!! ‬LOL‭!

A theme seems to be showing up for me lately,‭ ‬over the past few months.‭ ‬It’s the theme of creativity‭ ‬-‭ ‬creating the future I want,‭ ‬the environment I live in,‭ ‬the relationships I have,‭ ‬and the fun in my life.‭ ‬As I know that time is shorter for me now than it was in the past,‭ ‬I must be careful what I create for the rest of my life,‭ ‬and it must be the best‭!

So it is definitely time to say farewell to all those places,‭ ‬people,‭ ‬things and thoughts that do not fit into my new creation.‭ ‬If it nurtures me,‭ ‬is beautiful,‭ ‬and I love it,‭ ‬I will keep it.‭ ‬Otherwise,‭ ‬it’s time to leave it behind.‭ ‬I’ve created a cover for my new journal that I write my most private thoughts in.‭ ‬One of the items I placed there is a quote that says,‭ “‬Recall it as often as you wish,‭ ‬a happy memory never wears out.‭” ‬Yes,‭ ‬I will take those with me the rest of the way,‭ ‬and leave behind all those things that no longer serve me.

And for the year 2014 I add the focus of Balance. This is a word that has been showing up for me within the last couple of weeks. That I need to balance, sometimes as if on a tightrope, the various aspects of my life. Caring for myself more than others, to balance out those times I’ve cared for others more than myself, and there have been many of those. There’s also balancing my checkbook and bank accounts, and balancing my diet so I can remain healthy. Balancing my physical activity with rest, with rest coming more often than it used to. This is the year I focus on being kinder to myself, more forgiving of myself – it all balances those other times that I was hard on myself, didn’t take care of myself in the most loving way. Yes, Balance…the scales, the measurement, the equilibrium…Beginning anew.





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