After weeks of drought, we are getting a lot of rain. Temperatures dropped 25 degrees and it’s been raining pitchforks. Not complaining, we needed it but a nice warm steady rain would have worked too. Rain days are good to get inside work done. Hot coffee tastes just a little bit better especially with a shot of chocolate.
Over the weekend I walked the yard and found some surprises – some good, some not so good.
The good – I have hydrangea bushes that get the nice big blue flowers (hydrangea macrophilla, Nikko blue). There are three huge bushes that bloom all summer and are stunning. They are sensitive to cold winter weather and the buds will freeze. Last year there weren’t any flowers. Since this past winter was also brutal I wasn’t expecting any again but there are a lot of buds. I was thinking of replacing them with a less sensitive variety. They must have read my mind and decided to produce. Wahoo!
The bad – The deer have been visiting. I bought new deer repellant last year (the new stuff doesn’t smell like dirty ass like the old stuff did) but I’ve been lax in putting it out. There is nothing like fresh deer teeth marks to get my rear in gear.
Duty calls – One of the women at my gym was called to federal jury duty. Despite the fact that we have three federal courthouses within 10 minutes to 45 minutes away, she was called to our “big city.” On a good day that’s a 90 minute trip in the most brutal of traffic. It took her 2-1/2 hours. Fortunately for her she wasn’t selected. Based on the mood she was in while telling the story, it’s fortunate for the defendant too.