Anything [manifested] in the physical world is already history.
~ Caroline Myss
Hello and happy summer! I hope you had a good weekend and got a chance to do a little celebrating of the Solstice or Juneteenth or for no reason at all. We could probably all use a little bit of celebration now and then, without an excuse to do so. We’re alive and breathing. That should be reason enough, don’t you think?
I’ve been sorting through old photos again. That’s one rationale for starting with photos that were obviously taken during autumn months. I also thought they were kind of interesting. I’m not sure what I did to them in terms of editing. I hope I left some notes behind in the notebook I keep for such things. I might want to try something similar with other photos I’ve found. My final excuse is that the weather here is currently hot and humid, and it’s nice to be looking at autumn and winter images right now.
We do have plenty of interesting things happening around here right now. Flowers in bloom, wildlife babies being born, and some amazing cloud formations sailing across the sky. The cactus that you see above was one that M found somewhere and moved into a garden area so we could see what would happen. They grow at the beach so he figured they might grow here. He planted it a couple of years ago. This is the first time we’ve seen it bloom. It’s beautiful.
The hostas are about ready to bloom, any minute now. Hopefully the deer won’t come along and eat them before I get a chance to look at them. M sprayed them with some sort of cayenne pepper mixture. I’m not sure if that will help or not. Maybe our deer like their food hot and spicy.
The roses have been in bloom for a while. There’s something going wrong with them. That’s true of a number of plants and flowers in the garden. The roses are dying, almost in the same way they do when the beetles attack. There are no beetles to be found on them. I will try deadheading them and see what happens after that. I don’t really have the time right now to research and fuss. They’ll have to save themselves this year.
The daylilies are not looking too healthy, either. The same could be said for the yucca. It shot up a couple of panicles (I think that’s the name for them), but they appear to be dying before the flowers bloom on them. The yucca and daylilies are in the same area (near the scrounger’s garden and greenhouse), as is the cherry tree that appears to be dying.
There are some plants and flowers out there that are thriving. The beautyberry bush, the butterfly bush, zinnias, and sunflowers are all doing well. I hope the bee balm continues to grow and do well as the summer wears on. Like everything else, it will have to do without me.
We are about nine days away from leaving for Ohio. There is still a lot to do before we depart and leave the house, cats, and ranch to our house/pet sitter. We have figured out the restroom dilemma, and should be able to avoid public restrooms as we make our way north and west. If you read my last post, you will know it’s a bucket with a puppy pad in it. I did a dry (literally) run and see no reason why it shouldn’t work. We’ve figured out a way to create privacy and enough space to maneuver. This will be quite an adventure.
Last Tuesday was our last day out and about. We will continue to isolate until we leave next week. If I’m honest, which I do try to be, I am a little anxious about the trip. I worry that I’ll get someone else sick, particularly a family member, but I wouldn’t want to get anyone — not even a stranger along the way — sick. That is why I wear a mask on the few occasions I’ve gone out. We did not get tested even though we had hoped to do so (things didn’t work out), and if we did so now (our county is doing drive thru testing tomorrow), we would have to isolate longer. Given how little we’ve been out and about over the past few months, I’m not sure we’ve been exposed. Probably not. Our county has been sitting at the number 83 (positive cases, 3 deaths) for a while now. They’ve been testing and still, the number has stayed the same.
I am frustrated, too, with how the pandemic has not been handled well, by the government and/or by the people. I talked with my sons over the weekend and both said that only about 25% of the people they see in the stores are wearing masks (they — my sons — are avoiding spending too much time in the stores because of this). It is maddening and selfish. The people who won’t physically distance or wear masks, the people who refuse to take this seriously, are responsible for dragging this out. I sometimes think it will stretch out into forever, given the way the U.S. is doing very little to contain it. All that said, the states of Maryland and Ohio have done fairly well. Maybe there isn’t too much to be worried about although it would be nice if Ohio would make masks mandatory like they are here in Maryland. We have no plans to leave our bubble more than we have to once we’re relocated for our temporary move. We’ll have something in Ohio that we don’t have here: Instacart and curbside pick-up. I’ve also been ordering things to be delivered ahead of time, and we will take a long plenty of food from the pantry and freezer here so that we don’t need to shop immediately.
This seems like a good place to wrap things up before I haul out the soapbox and start ranting. Thank you so very much for stopping by and visiting with me. I think sunset will be interesting this evening. How about meeting out at the Point? It’s usually easy enough to physically distance out there. Now that things (especially the beaches) are open here, there should be fewer people out there. And if there are too many, we can come back here and watch from the dock. Sunset is scheduled for 8:29 PM. It’s quite warm (feels like 100°F currently). You might even want to go for a swim. The current water temperature is somewhere around 75°F. That’s fairly warm for this time of year. Wear your swim suit if you want to take a dip.
And please, be safe, be well, and be kind. ♥
A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy: 1,446) Good health. 1,447) Deep breaths. 1,448) Getting some of my email cleared out. What a mess! 1,449) Blueberry upside-down cake with a butterscotch “icing.” 1,450) Fresh peas from the garden. We harvested the last of them over the weekend. Some went into a delicious risotto that we had for lunch yesterday.