Loyde P. “Snake” Arender

GARDEN OF SERENITY

To: My Brothers Sisters at The Poets Club

I was pleasantly surprised to read about the gardens, ponds, and natural places being created by and cared for by my Brothers and Sisters at The Poets Club.

For the past couple of years, Kay and I have been working on what we call our “Garden of Serenity”. When completed it will have the following:

  • 1/4 acre pond with small bridge going to island
  • Native American teepee with totem pole
  • Blacksmith shop
  • Vegetable garden (30’ x 50’)
  • Gazebo (8’ x 8’ with porch swing)
  • Office building for my military mementos (12 ‘ x 16’)
  • 6 benches at various locations (4 underneath shade trees and 2 in the sun for those early cool mornings)
  • An eight-foot waterfall with the water cascading (free-falling) about 6 foot into another pool of water about one foot deep, so that the sound of the cascading water will be relaxing
  • A ten foot, extra wide quilted hammock for day-dreaming
  • Various flowers, shrubs, and trees which attract different species of wildlife from butterflies to hummingbirds. Currently we have an abundance of wildlife, including large turtles, bullfrogs, rabbits, squirrels, and a pair of red-tail hawks.
  • The entire garden area consists of a little less than 2 acres.

In about a year or so, I hope to have our “Garden of Serenity” with pictures and relaxing sounds on the internet, so that it can be “enjoyed by the world”.

Question:
I wonder IF creating a “Garden of Serenity” might have something to do with trying to find peace in this life and forgetting the memories of a combat soldier and street cop.

Semper Fidelis
(Always Faithful, especially to My Friends)
Yo Ole’ Bro Loyde P. “Snake” Arender
Monroe, Louisiana

Dear Brother Tony,

Thanks for the kind words about our Garden of Serenity. IF all goes well, I will send a few Garden photographs to you this spring when the flowers are in bloom.

In the last 2 weeks, we have planted 46 roses of various colors, 12 Japanese Red Maple trees, 4 Palm trees, over 200 various flower bulbs from day-lilies to purple coneflower, 16 red bottle-brush plants that attract butterflies and hummingbirds, 6 huckleberry bushes, 4 large pampas grass, 10 red grass, 18 Rosemary trees (2 foot), 2 lemon trees, 4 Stanley Plums, 2 hazelnut, 4 pecan, 3 dogwood (1 each : red, white, pink) , 2 olive, 2 weeping willow, 6 elephant ear plants, and 10 red holly bushes which have red berries that many different species of birds like to eat.

Tony, I never thought that I’d be “building a flower garden and working with my roses” because “being a gardener” doesn’t seem to exactly match that ole’ hard-ass Marine that I’m supposed to be; and, Lord knows, my flowers and Garden of Serenity “sort of clashes with that USMC eagle, globe, & anchor tattoo on my chest”; but, at 53, the ole’ Marine warrior has become a “laid-back Paw-Paw” with 4 grandchildren and I’m really enjoying everything. Furthermore, the old retired cop only enforces One Law now, which I call “Loyde’s Law”.

“Loyde’s Law”: Get along OR get along

Get along with everyone OR Get along on down the road.

… a short, simple, and to the point LAW that is self-explanatory and greatly needed throughout society.

Semper Fidelis (Always Faithful, especially to My Friends)
Yo Ole’ Bro
Loyde P. “Snake” Arender