This and That



My daughter has decided she wants to plant a garden. I blame Earth Day. Her science class is requiring her to do some Earth Day activities and she thinks gardening will be fun. I agree, in theory, gardening is fun. You plant seeds, watch them grow, and harvest delicious tomatoes, peppers, and way too much zucchini. In actuality, you plant seeds, watch a few of them come up, battle the weeds, fight the rabbits, and melt in the 95-degree heat as your plants wither around you.

Can you tell I am not a gardener? After a lot of painful effort, I have a couple of fairly decent flowerbeds in my front yard. That is a generous assessment. They only look good from a distance and then only at the right time of year. I haven't figured out how to have blooms all summer long. However, it looks like I will be forced to once again cultivate a green thumb. Or not. Probably not.



My husband and I went for a walk last week and made friends with a baby squirrel. He wasn't scared of us at all. We walked right by this guardrail and he just sat there and looked at us. I do hope he managed to cross the road safely.

I am currently reading five books. That is a little ridiculous. I keep starting books, reading the first few chapters, and enjoying them and then moving on to another book. My reading is very flighty these days. I can't seem to settle to anything and I have a horror of wasting a good book on a distracted day. I will probably temporarily abandon all five books and read yet another Georgette Heyer novel. That is what I consistently do. I start books and then just read Georgette Heyer again. They are perfect escapism, guaranteed amusement, and a bit of joy in a basically boring life. I am thinking that I need to buy the few I don't already own. This is the perfect time to complete my collection.

Celia and I have been baking cookies and giving them to friends in our congregation. It is something nice for Celia and me to do together and who doesn't love fresh-baked cookies. The only problem was that we were running out of flour and I couldn't find any. However, a friend of ours found flour and dropped it off at our house. It was two tiny bags of flour but that is enough for a few more batches of cookies. Celia has a list of people she wants to deliver cookies to so we had better get baking.

I feel slightly guilty about all the things I am not getting done these days. Theoretically, I should have plenty of time to catch up on the projects that need to be done around the house. In actuality, I finish most days wondering what on earth I have done with my time. How have I managed to fill an entire day with nothing in particular? It is okay though. Life is stressful enough without feeling guilty about not making the best use of this time. If you are feeling guilty I give you permission to bake cookies and sit on your couch reading another Georgette Heyer novel. That is what I will be doing and really, that is not a bad way to spend my days for a little while.






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  1. I'm reading a rather depressing novel at the moment that had marvellous reviews, but I think you've persuaded me to change it for a Georgette Heyer!

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  2. I'm doing the same: ending my days wondering what in the world I did all day. It's kind of refreshing...

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    1. I know. I am not looking forward to going back to an overly busy life.

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  3. I am trying not to bake too much, since is just me, when I usually take my baked goods into work. (Though I did freeze some chocolate chip cookies, and they taste a lot better straight from the freezer than I expected.) But I just saw a recipe for a single batch of scones on a blog, I mean a batch for one person, and I think I see my next baking project.

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    1. I know! I freeze things thinking then I won't eat them right away but it is amazing how many baked goods taste good very cold! I saw that blog post too. I don't really need a small batch of scones but it did look interesting.

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  4. I so wish I could give you some of my plants to help fill up your garden! Gardening is great therapy, but maybe not if everything frazzles in your heat. I have no idea where all the time is going now, I wonder how we had time to gallivant in the past. It's lovely to think of Celia baking and sharing, we have the same problem here - everyone is baking so almost no flour to be had. Stay safe and well.

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    1. Well, people do have successful gardens around here. I think I am just a very poor gardener! I convinced Celia to take on the flower bed that needs to be redone this year. She was out there digging it up yesterday. It is a pity you aren't close enough to give advice.

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