So, Aaron told me what I had to buy and what I had to do to set the barrel up. I have it at the corner of the garage and the overflow spot should drain right into the part of the downspout that Bill buried way back before the sidewalks were poured that drains way away from the house. I had to take the solid downspout off and replace it with the flexible one -- once again really happy that I invested in that trusty power screwdriver! Now I'm just waiting for rain! I have it set up on blocks so I can fill the watering can from it for watering my tomatoes and peppers!
I put it out in the garden area next to the 5 blueberry bushes Bill planted -- I took the picture in the late afternoon, otherwise it's pretty sunny out there. The asparagus bed is just adjacent to this area -- you can probably see the tall ones that have gone to seed back there. I have two tomato plants and 3 green pepper plants in the boxes and a whole bunch of weeds too. I'm just going to try to manage a small garden this year and maybe next year I can add a little more.
Gratitudes: I can feel the stress of the past few years slowly falling away now. I have lots of plans, but know that nothing has to be done immediately. I'm taking my time and smelling the roses (well, the iris and the peonies anyway!).