I have so many things I wanted to write about today that I couldn’t decide on just one thing, so you will be getting all of my thoughts and pictures. As I sat down to start this my power went out and the sirens went off telling us a tornado had been spotted, luckily no damage has been reported and after 5 hours with no power things have returned to normal. I think the best place to start will be with the garden.
I have lost all my cabbage, corn, tomatoes and most-likely my spaghetti squash. I’m devastated. This was the first year I started everything from seed. To see it grow, nurture it and finally put it into the garden plot only a week later to find myself dealing with winter-like temperatures which killed off my success is heart-breaking. I’m not giving up, but it will definitely cost me a lot more at this stage to buy plants already started.
On a more positive note, my radishes are doing great as are the carrots. This is the first time I have ever been able to get carrot seeds to take. Thanks for the tip to put them in sandy soil, that must have been the key to success.
Rain and more rain
Just when I thought we were done with the rain it returns. Time has not been my best friend lately. I have more things I want to get done than hours in the day. Just when all the weeding has been completed it starts raining again and I have to start all over. It’s been slowing down the planting in the Little Cove. I stuck the last few containers of flowers I had started on a table outdoord yesterday, but didn’t get them in the ground before it got dark. I forgot all about them until I woke in the middle of the night to a thunderstorm. It was at that moment my flowers were remembered. They were in containers with no drainage holes. I rolled over and went back to sleep. I figured the damage was already done.
Sure enough my poppies were goners, but the rest I was able to save. I dodged the intermittent rain this afternoon to get enough weeding done to get them in the ground along with more seed of varieties I hadn’t started yet.
I needed a break and the little ones were kind enough to give me the diversion I needed.
We still had to race indoors to escape cold rain, but in-between we enjoyed a few outdoor activities.
I have a kid, I say kid because I’m old enough to be his mother, and my boys are older than he is, living next door to me who is a sweet, quiet, yet very polite young man.
I happened to be racing in as the rain started again when I bumped into him leaving. He shared that he was going home, as he does every Tuesday, (an hour and a half trip) to play soccer. As I was wishing him luck an telling him I hoped he wouldn’t get caught in a downpour he shared why he goes home to play soccer.
While his parents are in their 50s and all his siblings are grown, some married, the entire extended family makes sure to arrange their schedules to be free Tuesday nights to play soccer as a family unit.. Note to anyone who thinks it’s too late to take up a sport. This is the first year his mother has played with them.
This story explained everything about him to me. I believe many of the problems I see in society comes from the breakdown of the family unit and loss of grandparents and other extended family nearby. I could have told you this young man came from a family, whether single or two parent, that put people first. I just wish more families were this close, we would see better adjusted youth.
We waste what?!
I was reading through Yes! Magazine this weekend and spotted some disturbing statistics. I know I live in the most wasteful society on earth at this moment, but even this shocks me.
Do you know that the average person in the US uses 57 sheets of toilet paper per day? For a total of 50 pounds a year. This is in comparison to Europe who uses 17 pounds per year and the Chinese who use only .5 pounds a year. Aren’t all butts the same no matter where we live? I counted for 4 days to see how many sheets I use in a day, not changing anything about my typical usage, the number varied from a low of 12 to a hugh of 16. Where do you think you are?
Another before and almost after
Thej bankers chair is almost done. I still have some touch-ups that need to wait till the rain stops. Here is the before.
And now the after. A good sanding to remove the varnish and old stain a fresh coat of black enamel for long lasting wear, and a reupholstered cushion it now looks like this.
That’s what was on my brain today. What was on yours?