Another Busy Day, Gardening!

“Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.” – Vicki Harrison

Every summer, we would garden and raise vegetables that Sue would turn into magic delights.  One afternoon after shopping, Sue stopped in the pathway nad said. “Paul. Look! Melons in the sky!” I thought she was teasing.  Nope!  She found the best tasting melons we had ever had, like eating sugar!  She was amazing!  Look carefully and you can spot several others that worked their way into the grapefruit tree.

I walked by them for weeks and never saw them! Old “Eagle Eye” spotted them right off!

I was up at 7:00 AM and got my coffee and read yesterday’s mail.  The Nightlighters Newsletter arrived in the e-mail, and I read through it.  They had a special notice about Sue as she was liked by the entire club.  She made a point of visiting everyone.  Only in the last year did we miss Nightlighter’s as the car ride was too much for her to make the trip.

She always made the rounds to visit everyone and help them get ready for my camera to capture them at dinner. Only in the past several months was she unable to make that journey around to visit everyone.

Today was a gardening day! Gardening is time-consuming.  I spent two hours completing the weed pulling and planting in the big garden.  Now I have zucchini and summer squash plus bush beans and some various peppers.  All I have remaining is a series of pea (English shelling) to put in the ground, and I am done!

The plants are beginning to grow fast!

The grapes along the back fence are doing quite nicely and have grapes already forming on the vines!

Love those raised beds as I can sit and talk to the plants and pull their little weeds

OK, it’s noon, and the old farmer must hobble in for the noon-time vittles!  I headed toward the chili again, plus I added a spinach salad and a glass of Sue’s special wine!  It was quite filling!

Did You Know? A nice plate of vittles. Vittle is an obsolete alternative to the word victual, which is defined as food prepared to be eaten. A piece of chicken that has been grilled and is ready to eat is an example of a vittle.

Synonyms: bread, chow, chuck [chiefly West], comestibles, eatables, eats, edibles, fare, food, foodstuffs, grub, meat, provender, provisions, table, tucker [chiefly Australian], viands, victuals

After lunch, I headed for my collection of mobile fiberglass 55-gallon half-drums, where I keep blueberries, tomatoes, and potatoes.  I used to have wooden wine barrels, but they lasted only a few years.  These guys I bought ten years ago, and they are like new.  I wish I could find more of them!

Now the containers are all planted and mulched with straw and ready to grow-baby-grow!

Yes, you see real potatoes, which I plan for dinner tomorrow. I have them planted all around the house, so I always have a supply of potatoes just in case!

It’s approaching 5:00 PM, and I am too pooped to pop!  I went inside, had a drink of weather, and headed for the master bathroom, where I worked about 30 minutes installed a new BioBidet.  Now both bathrooms are ready to go.  Heated toilet seats for everyone, and I can continue to hoard by four cases of TP for a long time!

I called Colleen and Robin on the bat phone just to check-in and coordinate the big call for tomorrow.  We are all going to sing Happy Birthday to the Weasel (Jonathan).  The howling ought to begin at 7:00 PM PDST.

A new series was begun tonight; it is called “The Loop”.  I am not quite into it yet, but it has potential.

At 11:00 PM, I was crashed!  Working on the farm is hard work.

About Paul

Just an old retired guy trying to finish out my last years on this planet. I lost my best friend and wife in early 2020. I was blessed again by reconnecting with Dr. Mary Côté, a long-time friend. Mary and I got married July 28th, 2021, and are enjoying life together and plan to spend the rest of our lives being a blessing to our friends and family.
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