It looks like I may have to add "What I Learned This Week" to my articles. One of the major things this week was that you need to put the ground coffee into the coffee maker in order for it to make fresh coffee. If leave the ground coffee in the grinder but remember to add the water to the coffee maker, you end up with hot water!
Update on some facts and observations; • As of July 7, 2018, the corn in the field across the road from me was 7 and ½ feet high. Is it safe to say it was knee high on the Fourth of July? • By the time you read this, it will be on the outer edge of the middle June to middle July section of 2018. Safe to say we are heading into the second half of the year by anyone's calculation.
It's full speed ahead for the summer time after the Fourth of July. It's time to start asking when the sweet corn and the homegrown tomatoes are ready. It's time to stock up on sunscreen and those swimsuits before they are all out of stock and winter coats come in. It's time to cut and bring in some of your backyard flowers or stop by the farmers markets to pick up a bouquet. It's time to enjoy fresh local strawberries. It is also a great joy to not have to take five minutes packing on the outdoor clothes and looking for the gloves.
Did you survive the great white fluff flood? That would be what I call all the cottonwood seeds and dandelion seeds that seemed to be ready to fly at the same time. The mixture seemed to stick on anything and everything and Marnie the Cat came in with her whiskers a solid white mat. I don't know if she picked them up from the air or if she was grazing the grass to accomplish that look. It did not seem to be a problem for her which was surprising since she never wants me to even touch her whiskers.
Did you take part in the world event that happened on last Saturday? Did you know that it was "National Gardening in the Nude Day?" I myself did not find out about it until well into the day so I am sorry I did not tell you in time to take part. As it was, I got a lot of scratches and bumps from gardening that day, so it probably was wise I did not take part. Also, Neighbors Tony and Rose were having a family event and that would have been something way too far outside the box to put them through.
Oh boy! The combination of no recent snow storms, warmer temperatures and my special mix of Matcha green tea, honey and cream have elevated me to a new level. As you may recall, I had a few potholes in life to mess up my energy level and I feared that I lost my get-up-and-go. That rumor is being put to bed.
I will have to get over my funk that spring is not going to get here and I am perfectly okay to stay inside and drink tea and bake cookies. I walked down our driveway in shoes without cleats for the first time in months and there were absolutely no ice chunks to kick or slip on. Then I saw a real miracle! The area that was covered with at least a foot of snow last week now is showing daffodil plants that are about six inches tall! They have never been uncovered since the first snowfall so they have been doing all of this under the cover of snow.
The daffodils that Daughter Nissa purchased for two cents each when she was 8 years old are still underground under a foot of snow. They have come up almost every year since she planted them many years ago. Not sure if she would get upset if I said that it was 31 years ago. Hopefully, some of the four-foot snow banks in some of the shade gardens will see fit to melt before June. It appears that I will be enjoying my spring flowers in June or July this year. Maybe Larry's shop door will also be accessible by then.
Between my deer fall in November and Husband Larry's flu and pneumonia happenings, we are trending towards a "War and Peace"-style book of experiences. This year's flu seems to have a mind of its own so please take it seriously if you touch base with it. It is more than just a conversation piece and can become a major player in your health.