Monday, October 01, 2007
Ellen and Alyssa's Birthday
The sound of slamming windows sufficed as our alarm clock this morning. Early morning lows in the 50s, I slept in until six in the morning, reluctant to drag my butt out of bed, wondering where'd I'd find a sweatshirt, thinking about shoes and socks now. Yuck, I've lived in flip flops, once again wearing the tread down to a nub, an 89 cent investment that lasted since March. If I divide the cost per wearing, these shoes owe me money. Why does my mind think like that? What do normal folks obsess about?
I'd spent a few moments in the good greenhouse yesterday, planting tomatoes early in there last March, they are still producing so it's done its job of extending the season. The Roma tomatoes are still spilling out of the garden, eggplant and peppers going strong. My Charleston Gray watermelons gave up the last one yesterday, I swanny Nando ate most of it. My grandmother always 'swannied,' her name was Ellen, she's been gone since Sarah was a baby and I'm trying to shake off the blues while remembering that my sister Ellen would have been 50 today. October first is now Alyssa's birthday which helps take my mind off Ellen a little bit, yesterday she ate cake with us and I wrote a little about it here.
My retirement check went into my bank account at midnight, I'd had to borrow a twenty from Miriam yesterday just to have enough milk for the weekend. Coulda used my Visa but it so burns me to have to do so. I can pay Miriam back this morning, that feels better to me. It may have been a tough month but its always satisfying to me to get through it, all bills paid.
Besides the horrendous drought limiting my garden, now there's a ban on outdoor watering in all of north Georgia, my attempts at propagating roses all bombed, as did the cuttings I took from Sarah's lantana, and I never got anywhere close to my goal of food preservation, we ate it as fast as I grew it, my lesson for next year is to plant way more.
I have a ton of stuff to plow through this morning, no soccer tonight which means an easy evening for us.