Silver Bells and Cockleshells

At the least, that’s how the garden feels–lots of wonderful imaginary things.  Normally, by this time of year, we would have been hardening off the earliest seedlings and finishing getting the garden beds ready.  The weather hasn’t been cooperating, and yesterday was truly the icing on the cake.  Our ‘greenhouse’–a contraption of steel pipes, normally covered with a fairly heavy-weight plastic shell–was insufficiently tied down, and decided to become a sail.  I managed to catch it before it went to visit the neighbors, but not before it dumped all of the seed trays across the yard.  It won’t rule out vegetables, to be fair, but it will make the garden much more random. (We have generous friends who have offered some of their ‘extra’ seedlings, so all is not lost…)

In all, it’s been a demoralizing week.  Last Friday, I fractured a headlight on the way to work in an unfortunate encounter with a deer.  Monday, I was informed that my job is being “reorganized”–fortunately, the ‘worst-case’ scenario is a slight pay cut, but uncertainty is never fun.  Our hospitalized friend was out of the hospital, but went back in on Tuesday night.  Now the garden is set back.

All of that said, though, it’s for times like these that we prep.  (Well, okay–it’s for much more trying times than these, but these seem to be good practice.)  We’ve got food in the pantry to last a while, we can power the pump for the well, and we have fuel to cook with.  The house is sound, and warm; we’re all healthy.  While I may be temporarily down, I’m confident that we can make it through to ‘sunnier days,’ both literally and figuratively.

Compounding everything is that the next week is going to be busy–extra-curricular school activities for the kids, plus family visits, plus a few car repairs, plus just getting everything settled back down a little.  With that, I’m cutting this post short–stuff and things to do, you know–and I’ll be off next week.  With a little luck, and a bunch of hard work, things should be a bit more even-keeled when I return.  See you then!


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2 Responses to Silver Bells and Cockleshells

  1. Ann Dinapoli says:

    Sorry to hear that the week has been so challenging. I have friends with a small farm just outside of Nashville. What a mess. I’m putting in my potatoes this week. I obtained a new variety of prickly pear cactus and look forward to seeing how the fruit and pads taste once it matures. With cactus, as with citrus and potatoes,I have discovered it is always good to keep several varieties as a hedge against various infestations and blights. The drought continues in the west and rationing by summer is a very real possibility, therefore I am trying to anticipate with what I plant.
    We just set up a water storage tank off the back porch where we keep all that wasted water from running water to get it hot in the sinks, bath, and shower. I am considering putting in some of those heat-as-needed hot water tanks in the kitchen and bathrooms.
    Thank you. May the sun be warm, the winds soft, and the rains timely.
    Ann DiNapoli

  2. theozarker says:

    Sending you and yours a “been there, done that, they don’t call it survival for nothin'” hug.

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