Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Not Lost


So, I’m not lost, dead, ill, MIA,  or anything like that.  Just been busy and still having a vision issue that has kept me off the computer after an hour of reading, writing, and looking. 

May (and a Happy

1 Batman Day
1 Beltane
1 Herb Day
1 Hug Your Cat Day
3 Garden Meditation Day
4 Intergalactic Star Wars Day
5 Great American Grump Out
7 Tuba Day
8 O’Henry Pun-off Day
One of my ancestors was once hired by Henry VIII
to teach his son to play the trumpet.  He was a Tudor tooter tutor
11 Eat What You Want Day
12 Limerick Day

There was a young lady of Niger
who smiled as she rode on a tiger;
They returned from the ride
with the lady inside,
and the smile on the face of the tiger.

to everyone), is the last real month to work outside before someone opens the gates to hell

and summer arrives.  Therefore, I have spent the cooler mornings working like a wild woman and the afternoons recuperating. 

Seems like I did mention the death of my canopy during a huge rain storm - yes?

Moved all the plants, took the crumpled bent thing apart, and arranged a semi-shade location for said plants.  Then, a couple of days later my sister and I put up her tent (which I am going to borrow for a time).  That was interesting.  It was sort of like the three stooges minus one.  But after several starts, stops, and redos, we got it up and together.  Then, I spend another day rearranging all the shade lovers (and as it happened, the shed) and it all looks nice.

I have a few things blooming

The Purple Coneflowers are looking bright and pretty.

and the drift roses are drifting nicely.

All my herbs are doing moderately well.  This is the first time I’ve done serious container gardening so we all are still adjusting.  I had to repot a few and got a few more so right now the patio in front is the de facto herb garden.  A work in process. 

And my tomatoes and lettuce are also doing very well. 

OK, one tomato is doing very well and producing little tomatoes as fast as it can.  One is dilly-dallying around.  I recently told it – GET BUSY!  DO YOUR JOB!  MAKE TOMATOES!  Or, I’ll jerk you out of that pot and toss you on the burn pile!  I think that worked as I noticed today it has two tomatoes on it now. 

Granddaughter #2 graduated from the University of Montana last Saturday.  I didn’t get to go as graduates were only allowed 2 guests (and, of course it was in Montana which is about 8000 miles from here) but I did watch it on live TV.  Yaaayyyyy!!!

She graduated a semester early Magna Cum Laude with a dual major - a BA in Political Science and a BA in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, and a minor in African American Studies.  Proud grandma?  Oh yes – proud, thrilled, happy, and wondering how it can be that she’s old enough to have accomplished so much when just last year she looked like this –

okay, m a y b e  a couple of years ago.

That’s all I got for now.  Still waiting on my new lenses and the eyeballs are beginning to act up.


A wonderful bird is the pelican,
His bill holds more than his belican.
He can take in his beak,
Enough food for a week,
But I'm damned if I see how the helican.

Ogden Nash


12 May 2021


  1. Congrats to Granddaughter #2! Is she going to go on to Grad School after this?

    Did you see the mini-series called "Good Omens"? The demon Crowley made his plants grow by threatening them too. VERY effective!

    1. Actually, I learned that approach from my father. His comment after planting something was - "Grow damnit!". I have just taken it a step further.

  2. I've found that houseplants shape up if you make noises about adding them to the compost.

    Congratulations to the amazing granddaughter, graduating at about three, well it feels like that.

  3. Good job, rearranging your plants under the "new" canopy. And hooray for the granddaughter on graduating.

  4. Can't believe I missed Tuba Day!

    1. I know! I will have to mark it on my calendar for next year!

    2. Given my advanced CRS diagnosis, I will have forgotten what you're talking about when you remind me next year :)

  5. Great pelican Limerick . Love your coneflowers. Congrats on the grandbaby

  6. Fiddle. I missed Eat what you want day.
    How wonderful to tomatoes already but how much more wonderfuller to have such an amazing granddaughter.

  7. How the heck did I miss National Grump Out day? It should be my national holiday! I LOVE coneflowers - so vibrant and fun. And your granddaughter sounds like an amazing young woman. Maybe there's hope for the human race yet.

  8. I'm totally envious of what is already blooming in your garden and you can even harvest your first tomatoes! My garden is super beautiful right now, but I can only dream of harvesting tomatoes and the purple coneflowers is still pretty small. That's impressive what your granddaughter did - what are her plans for life after graduation? Grad school?