What have I been up to?
I’ll start off with what I haven’t been up to: writing. But you, clever people that you are, knew that already, didn’t you? I’m touch beyond words by those of you who’ve contacted me asking if I’m okay. I’m sorry to have worried you – my last post being about having the flu was just a weird coincidence. I’m not still sick, nor have I been abducted by aliens. Mostly I’ve just been busy with life.
Specifically, I’ve been busy with the part of my life that provides the financial means to live in my house and put food on the table. And as anyone with two teenagers can tell you, some months I think I spend more feeding those kids than I do putting a roof over their heads. I’d look forward to the day they leave home and my food bill drops below the gross domestic product of a small country except any savings at the grocery store will be more than eaten up by the college tuition bill I’ll face instead. As an alternate solution, I have spent considerable time wondering if grocery stores offer employee discounts. That might be well-worth checking out.
One place I can get an employee discount now is the local garden center where Alec just started his first job. Only my son would manage to find a job where he gets paid to play outside in the dirt!
He’s not the only one who’s been playing in the dirt (although he is the only one getting paid to do so). While I’ve been busy not writing I made time to shovel the last of the snow and ice off my garden and clear out all the leaves. We live in the middle of the woods, so leaves blow into the yard all winter. This year I had high hopes that the new fence around the garden beds would keep them mostly clutter-free. Those hopes were dashed in January when Rick, while teaching Lia how to drive a snowmobile, ended up dumping her off the back and plowing through my garden. Luckily the only injured party was the fence — which is really just netting and easily fixed. As Rick pointed out, teaching someone what not to do counts as a lesson just the same.
Now that the garden is ready, I just need to wait a few more weeks for the weather to stay warm enough to transplant my seedlings. I wonder how long it will be before I get any cucumbers from these babies?
Besides not writing, I also haven’t been able to fix the email functionality of my website, but that’s a story for another post. What have you not been up to lately?