Okay, so I walked through the garden yesterday and today. ALL the plums are gone from the plum tree. All of them. I harvested two (of the several dozen that were there) a couple weeks ago, and now ALL of them have been eaten. Presumptive culprits: deer, raccoons, crows. I am not a happy camper.
Other losses: the large sage plant that I had in a planter next to the driveway has also died. I believe it is due to getting too dry, even though we have had more than average precipitation this year and I didn’t water it much last year. So it’s possible that it’s just old. I have a new one I bought from the local school’s fundraiser down in the veggie garden. Will transplant that one up to the planter in the fall. I will MAKE time. An advantage to being a student teacher is that for a few of the weeks at the beginning of the year I am NOT the one in charge.
Other things of note: we have a LOT of figs on one tree, a few tiny ones on another, and nothing discernible on the third. The hazelnuts are almost ready, I am sure the squirrels will get them before I do, as usual. The pretty yellow wood rose that was by the pond is gone, but there are two very anemic-looking gladioli in evidence. I have one dahlia already blooming, and several plants managed to survive the long wet winter, so I am pleased. I very much hope that I will be able to lift them all in October and let them dry out over the winter for a change. Otherwise, I will need to just purchase a whole bunch of new ones (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing…
On a personal level…. I played in the back yard for a little while on Wednesday and Friday, running around a bit. AND went for an hour-long walk with Tom last night. I think my hip is back to (my) normal. And it is sooooo good to be mobile.
Tomorrow… I plan on a leisurely day, some garden, some berry jam making, and in the evening, going to a performance of The Sound of Music, at which the elder stidkid is playing in the orchestra pit. I am completely in vacation mode.
We had this family group photo done at an end-of-school promotion ceremony. I am so pleased to have a nice picture of us all — and me actually wearing nice clothes!
I am so proud of my sons, some days I could just burst!
The photographer works mostly in the Olympia area, and has a beautiful website with some of her work on display.
I wrote this poem a long time ago, and had lost all my hard copies. I knew it was “somewhere” on backup media, but no idea what type (tape, diskette, CD?) or where to find it at all. Last week, Tom discovered it and I ran off a hard copy. Here it is, recopied.
I cry to Sophia:
The joy of life has abandoned me,
The pain of life has brought me down,
The future is bleak –
The time of birthing has passed
My children are gone from my arms
The hearth is dark –
What I knew in my youth is forgotten
What I believed in my prime is proved false
I face failure –
Thus says Sophia:
With the jubilation of the wind I move
With the power of the seas I build
In the depth of the heavens I know
With the warmth of the sun I have life
With the rhythm of the moon I dance
In the cold of the stars I sleep
With the birth of creation I have awakened
With the knowledge of life I have acted
In the cycle of time I shall return
(written 9 June 1998, all rights reserved)