It feels like the all of planet earth is on fire. And you may be feeling wholly unprepared standing there in your underwear holding a half full (not half empty) glass of water to battle the blaze. You are more prepared than you think you are. You may also be feeling alone, you’re not… or like no one else cares, they do… It may feel like the end of the world, it’s not… quite the opposite actually. Reach out, send a message… send a prayer… make a phone call… write a blog post… we have each other…but some of us don’t know that… some of us need to be told, or to be asked… some of us even feel unworthy of that connection… let the collective have your back and be in your world… really, it’s not too late… just reach out. Be fearless. It’ll be like a giant slumber party more than 7 billion strong.
Yesterday continued with happy. I finished the garden finally. The tires behind the swing now have an array of mellons and squashes and asparagus seeds. I noticed that all my previous seeds are sprouting as well.
I also finally got the hose into the hose reel & our barbeque grill set up.
Added some decorations to the garden. The only thing missing is the light string for inside the aquarium table. Even built a small birdbath out of 3 plastic pots & a plastic bowl (& a handful of rocks for weight) – cost including glue $5… I love Dollar Tree.
At one point a tufted titmouse (little brown bird with crest like a jay) pointed out all the feeders were empty. I went looking & discovered I was out of birdseed. So I opted to put out the last of my sewett & some oranges & grapefruit until I could make it to the store for loose seed. I even filled my hummingbird feeders.
By the end of the day, the solar lights came on & I decided it was a great evening to grill some food & relax by the fire. Nathan got me shnooked with one drink – apparently the new diet means I’m an extra lightweight.
Ian did his best to help, even carrying a log nearly as big as he is.
That being said, I really enjoyed the mellow evening. We ended up having grilled chicken (Nathan had veggie dogs), grilled asparagus, & grilled zucchini rounds… sitting by the fire listening to the bullfrogs croak, tree frogs and crickets chirping, & somewhere in the distance my favorite: great horned owl hooting. It was wonderful. Blissful even. Still plenty of work to be done, but between my tattoo & my new outside arrangement I’m very content at the moment. Happiness is very good. Si va hir su.
So this weekend we finished filling the dumpster. A fair amount of stuff from under the trailers didn’t fit, but the dumpster is overflowing.
Burned the burnables- that was fun!
I made a new fire pit so the old one could get the metal bits sifted out.
Trampoline got moved where the main pile of trash used to be.
Swing moved by the fire pit. Umbrella deployed over swing. Aquarium turned table to one side of the swing (planning on putting lights in it). Ice bucket table on the other side of the swing. The tires behind the swing will be squash/watermellon/pumpkin planters, but I ran out of steam. That’ll have to happen next week sometime.
Gardens got planted. Some stuff from last year’s garden came back: bulbs, sage, thyme, a small cilantro, parsley, yucca, & a few of the flowers. I planted seeds in new dirt for everything else. View of Gardens from the swing:
Part of the yard got mowed & general cleanup started. It feels so much better out here! This is progress. I love progress.