For the last few weeks, our weather has been blah. It’s been overcast, ranging from drizzling to steady rainy most days.
I’m sure it’s a contributing factor to my blah mood, along with all the hours at work. I’ve taken some walks during lunch, risking getting wet, but finally I had to start working out in the gym. It doesn’t help that most days I’m getting home after dark, although one night I sat outside for a while anyhow, surprisingly without any mosquitoes biting me.
The garden turned to slime. I’ve lost the rest of the squash due to splitting and soft spots. The ripening tomatoes continue to be soft and split and even the green ones are the same. I started pulling it out this weekend and will continue to do so for the next few weeks.
It was pretty ewwww touching all the slime and mold; thankfully I own heavy gardening gloves to protect my hands. I killed a number of bugs that I don’t want in there, including some malodorous stink bugs. It would have been better if the garden had been drier, but if I wait for it to stop raining, it might be another month before it is cleaned out.
I planted six pepper plants in May; five of them did nothing – actually two of them didn’t even make it past the first two weeks. One plant delivered about forty tiny ancho peppers. They’re one-third the size they should be, but there are a lot of them there. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with them except to freeze them for later.
I’m also not sure how to cope with my blah mood. You think I’d have this down by now, but this is going on longer than usual. It will help once my work / family life has better balance. When the October 15 returns get done, I’m leaving on time at least for a while. Exercising and being careful about my diet usually helps, but not this time it seems. I’m not even caring about taking my daily photos, although it’s been hard finding things to photograph when I can’t walk during lunch or get home in time for the last few remnants of daylight.
This too shall pass. That is one of my best coping techniques for days like this. Keep on moving, get stuff done whether I feel like it or not, and eventually I’ll be willingly productive and interested in what is happening again.
Word for tomorrow – BUFFER. If you prefer to work ahead, see the list for the week under “A Word A Day”.
I am a backyard adventurer, philosopher and observer, recording my life in journals and photographs. Visit my blog at www.livingtheseasons.com or write me at dogear6 [at] gmail [dot] com.