April 30, 2019

Have a Great May

The weather here is being NUTS. Today was chilly and breezy and rainy and COLD  for outside work, and what a lot of outside work there is.

We got a ChipDrop yesterday afternoon, so we mulched all the garden beds around our house. We worked hard and fast, and today I am paying for that endeavor. My back is KILLING me, and none of the usual tricks are working. We'll just chalk it up to the fact that I haven't done garden work since November, and my muscles forgot their primary functions. Also, because I took some pain pills, I fell asleep and totally missed my infusion! But it kind of works out, because I am on some antibiotics and such due to a killer kidney infection. I even got a shot of Rocephin, so that was fun.

 Meanwhile, it's almost May... which means it's almost summer, and I am NOT ready. I really need to sit down and calendar everything out, because holy heck-ness, these kids got a lot of stuff to do.  I don't remember being so busy as a kid. We all did have swimming sports every morning though. But we would ride our bikes to the pool, then we would swim and swim and swim, and then we would head over to the cafeteria to get our free breakfast. After swim everything, we would just go home and not do much. We did the summer reading program at the library, and we would do chores, and we would entertain ourselves.

Speaking of chores, I seriously need to hire a maid. I just can't keep up with stuff anymore. I try, but it's pretty dicey with the results. AND I get mad at my family because they don't clean things all the way, and it drives me nuts! And then they act they are doing me a FAVOR by cleaning up after themselves.... No. No. No. I'm just going to start throwing stuff away, and nobody can stop me, because I do what I want.

Also, gardening news. My rhubarb is growing like crazy! I'm going to make some of  cherry rhubarb chutney that pairs beautifully with chicken and pork. And I still like to crunch on raw rhubarb, because it's so sour and I love sour everything. I also have a random brussels sprout sprouting; looks like one of last years seeds overwintered all on it's own.  Ooh, and my strawberries are filling in so nicely. I can't wait for all the berries I have coming. OH! AND! I planted 2 blueberry bushes last year, and they did not do so well. In fact, I thought they had given up altogether and died. But there is NEW GROWTH on BOTH bushes! And a hydrangea that I thought was dead? ISN'T! I am so excited for the yard. And the bulbs that were planted in the fall have bloomed so gorgeously. I need to get MORE bulbs for the front yard in the fall.

My baby magnolia tree is getting taller, and the apple trees I grafted are healing just fine. I have a few tomatoes and tomatillos that can go in the ground soon, and I have been growing ground cover for some of the heavily trafficked areas in the yard. It just gets a bit too muddy by the gate and the shed. So moss it is! I am also fighting with some dandelions that think my grass is a good place to grow. It's not, so I am yanking those bad boys out before they turn into puff balls and invite their friends to the party. I'm even thinking about getting a few chickens, because I hear that they love to eat dandelions. Except I don't know how well chickens and dogs get along. It'll be okay, right? Anyways. Those are our updates. Have a great May! (see what I did there?)