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!