August UpdateAugust is fast disappearing. The nights are cooling down and the days are very tolerable to be working outside in the garden and yard. The tomatoes are winding down and any thing that has flowers on it will be trimmed off to put the last thrust into the tomatoes already formed on the vines. It's been a fairly descent year for the backyard garden. Most of the big lush tomatoes have been picked and given away. Only small tomatoes are left to pick at eat or process. I have processed three quarts of tomatoes to be used for soup.
It seems that August is always yard cleanup. Even with the good intentions of Spring and a determination not to let the yard get out of hand, stuff happens. The mother in law's shoulder injury and the responsibility of helping her recover allowed two months of prime yard and garden time to be all but eliminated. So once again August has become a cleanup month. Oh, my mother in law has fully recovered from the injury and is back to her independent self once again. She's quite an amazing gal.
So far I'm up to 13 bags of yard waste that's come from back yard cleanup. I still have three areas to cleanup so there will be at least three more bags. Yes, it was in a really bad condition. Well, then there will be all the garden cleanup very soon.
I haven't been to Terra Nova Gardens in two weeks. I would suppose it is just as bad as the back yard. There just wasn't any time this year to put into gardening there. Maybe next year. It is a disappointment for sure. There might be some onions and potatoes to harvest and maybe a tomato and bell pepper or two but mostly weeds abound once again.
I've been toying with the idea of planting a small fall garden. Not much just some radishes and maybe greens of some sort.
I was at the gas station; filled the car with gas; run through the car wash; and was just leaving the station when this happened. I didn't see it coming. A Chevrolet Avalanche backed up away from a gas pump and bashed me in the side. It made a loud racket and I was expecting it to be much worse. Still the estimate was $2200. Since the car is a 1997 with 110,000 miles, I'm expecting a settlement and no fixing of the car. I'm still going to fix it up. The car is in great shape and very clean with a lot of life left. It kind of sad that older cars are just written off even though they are a nice car. So now I get to go through the whole process of dealing with an insurance company and getting the car fixed. Oh, well, life goes on. Been there done that before.
I made it through another birthday without too much hula-ba-loo. I'm really not much for birthdays. After 72 birthdays it's not a big deal any more. It's just not the same as when I was 10. The only thing I have to say about birthdays is they just come too fast. They need to slow down a little. I am indeed thankful for good health, a goodly amount of energy, and a mind that still works …. well sort of. 😀
I hope everyone's having a great summer as Fall bears down on us. I saw a couple trees today that are already starting to turn colors. It seems a bit early but this year has been a strange weather year for sure.
Be well. God Bless. I'll catch up with you later.