You can see by her face that she is a bad influence...lol
A road trip is one really good way to avoid doing any work. I had good intentions today, even though I woke up late (didn't get to sleep until after 2), and was going to get some mowing done. Nope. And I as going to make up another batch of the artisan bread for the fridge...nope. And I thought I might get outside and start scrubbing down the house with vinegar (I bought a new Libman long handled scrub brush last week) to get all the green mold and mildew off the siding...nope. A million things that need doing...
So, Roxie suggested that we go for a drive, and I was all over it. We loaded up in the car and took off. So, really...it was all her fault. Once we were in the car and heading down the road, wind blowing in our hair, we were almost too giddy to figure out where to go. I stopped at the ATM and we set out in a northerly direction.
The brilliant thought occurred to me that I could justify this running amok by ...wait for it....BUYING GARDEN STUFF. Which of course made me think of the plant lady who has the little roadside shop since 1978. So--we were off. Once there, we got marigolds for companion planting, zinnia seed, because they didn't have any plants and sunflower seeds. I also got 2 dozen sweet potato plants, Georgia Jets they're called, for the Irishman to plant, since he's been asking me every other day when the sweet 'taters would be in.
On the way, Roxie suggested we go to either Lake Yeager or the Hillsboro lakes, where we could get out and run through the grass and look at the water. She does like to look at the water, and sometimes even goes in, though she's got no legs to speak of...she's all shoulders and feet. Little bitty stubby legs. Flippers almost, so I guess that does work...anyway, we did that and fooled around a bit and ate a sandwich and drank some water. And then it was on to the plant place and then home again, home again, clippity clop.
By the time we got here it was after 4. I spent the next two and a half hours planting the 2 dozen marigolds I bought all around the garden. I plant them because they repel bugs. I also planted sunflower seeds in a few spots (Russian mammoth Sunflowers). Then I started watering things. I watered everything except the bed he was going to be putting the 'taters in. He got home about 6:30--he gave a kid from work a ride home. And after making a phone call, he ponied up and got those 'taters in the ground. I went in the house and made giant salads for supper. We didn't eat until 8 o'clock, which is way too late for folks like us. But, hear this, people:
THE GARDEN IS OFFICIALLY IN. woohoo!
And just wait until you see tomorrows pictures...this garden is looking good (she said, trying not to anger the Garden Gods and jinx the harvest)...
I am thoroughly exhausted. Not sure why, except I didn't sleep well last night...couldn't go to sleep initially and had a ringing in my ears. Got up and turned off the ceiling fan, but it wasn't that. Anyway I finally went to sleep and then tossed and turned all night. I went to bed at a little after 2 and didn't get up until almost 9:30 this morning. And felt like I'd been hit by a truck. I'm going to take a couple of aspirin in a minute and finish up here and maybe read a few emails and then hit the hay. Everyone else is already asleep, and that includes 3 dogs that are in here with me and little Roxie the Roamer, who's snug as a bug in her own little bed. 2 cats are sleeping with the Irishman. Several others are sacked out all over the living room, on couches and chairs and probably the dining room table, although they are not supposed to be up there.
Tomorrow I will run a few errands early in the morning and then try to get at least a little of the mowing done. The Irishman has a 4 day weekend coming up because of Memorial Day. So I'll make sure to save some of it for him. :) I have 2 rosemary plants to plant...one will go in the herb garden and one will go in a pot. I will bring that one in this winter and the other one I am going to experiment with..thought I'd cut the branches off and dry the herb and then massively cover and insulate the plant and see if it will overwinter. They normally don't, but if this next winter is anything like the last one, there's a good chance it will survive being in the ground. Wish me luck!!
I took a quick shower to wash the garden off my feet and legs and the hot water nearly took me out...hopefully I will sleep better tonight and dream the dreams of the just. (cough). I hope you all have a grand evening, wherever you are, and whatever you do.
Remember this: "Tend the Earth...Feed the Soul."