Garden woes – This hasn’t been a great year for my garden. I was late because of my thumb surgery. Then we had rain and cold weather through June. Last year my tomatoes developed wilt late in the season and this year it came earlier taking half my basil plants too. My pumpkins are having trouble finding pollinators. (Too bad frogs don’t pollinate or I’d be selling by the truckload.) Next year I may let it rest while I improve the soil and figure out why it turned into a toxic waste dump. I can grow a tomato plant or two in pots. In the meantime I am grateful for the crop we did have. Gotta love fresh garden food.
Don’t stare! – That’s what I kept telling myself. I was driving through a grocery store parking lot and saw a young bald woman with a toddler unloading her groceries. She looked healthy, handling the packages and the child efficiently. I assumed it was just her style until I got closer and saw marks on her head. They were target points for treatment. My heart hurt for her. I doubt if she is 30. Much too young for that sort of thing. My hope is that she will recover and see her child grow up.
Speaking of heart thumping – Long time readers know my old cat Jake is…well…old. I didn’t think he would last this past year but he did. His legs are wobbly; he frightens easily; and lately has been having night terrors. He gets disoriented and confused. Somehow all of that has made him special in my heart. Maybe when you know you won’t have something very long, it becomes so much more important.
Other thumping news – Having cats is like having a watch dog only they don’t bark. You have to notice the subtle hints. When all the cats are clumped together staring at something you know you better check it out. Something was at the bird feeders. It was dusk so I couldn’t see what it was but when “it” heard me, the feeders starting clanging. I assume “it” was running off. About a week ago I released a trapped raccoon from my screened porch without great fear. This week I was extremely cautious and made the beloved husband watch as I walked out to the feeders. (Now why didn’t I have him walk out to the feeders?) I have been taking the feeders into the garage overnight to cut down on the nighttime marauders.
Deer out! – We are having a 6’ tall fence installed. They started this past week. It’s to keep the deer out and deter other four-legged creatures from dining on our shrubs. I sure hope it works. On a humorous note, our local township has passed an ordinance saying that if you keep bees, you need to install a fence (chain link is ok) around the hive area. I wonder if they understand that bees…umm….fly…..