Monthly Archives: May 2014

So it Begins!

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It’s been a very strange and a strangely busy early Spring.  But finally, yesterday, I got to start my planting.  YEA!!!  I got about half of my plants “in the ground”.  Two tomato plants, one a Sweet 100 Cherry tomato plant and the other a Lemon Boy tomato.  I got a White Sage bush planted and my second Columbine planted.

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In this pot are my patio corn plants.  Need to get one more fairly large planter and a lot more potting soil.  I have my Sunflowers and Cucumbers and Poppies and Catnip and a Passion Flower to plant.  Then I have to re-hang the lattice, as it wasn’t really hung properly last year and the winds we’ve had so far have all but knocked it loose.  It’s held up by one piece of twine at the top and the twine wrapped around the porch support.  From my plants last year, I have 1 Rose that survived and 1 Mint plant.  I think it is the chocolate mint.  My Trumpet Vine survived, much to my delight, and my Wild Grape Vine will soon be growing up the side of the house.  I would like to find some Wildflowers to just sort of throw around the front yard, but I’ve got to kill all the weeds first.  Maybe that can be my next project…

It was so nice to get outside yesterday to start planting.  Don’t know why taking that first “step” outside is so hard, but the day was perfect, partly cloudy and cool-ish.  We were suppose to get rain, but I’ve lived in this part of the country long enough to know that even a 60% chance of rain can mean absolutely nothing.  It was nice sitting out on my porch listening to the birds and playing in the dirt and  wondering if my tomato plants will do well this year and if the corn will grow, at least enough to allow me some fresh, home grown corn to eat.  And will this experiment with sunflowers and cucumber work…  Oh yes, there will be pictures.  Lots of pictures…

The knot’s unraveling…

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I’m about to have a pity party here, so if you’re not interested, feel free to move on to something else.  I’m at a point that I really need to vent about all sorts of things.

Southeast Colorado tends to have just 2 seasons.  The dead of winter and the high heat of summer.  Yesterday was 93 and today was a little better, only 90.  And it’s May.  (It’s 82 inside my house right now.)  Which means I need to get my swamp cooler cleaned up and running.  That means buying new filters and scrubbing out all the lime deposits from last summer.  Oh, and putting bleach in once a week so I don’t get legionnaires disease.  Or an upper respiratory infection.  Again.  I’d really rather have an actual air conditioner.  Ha!  According to my mother and sister, a swamp cooler is better because it puts moisture in the air.  Yea, so?  I can put a pot of water on the stove and set it to boiling and put moisture back into the air.  I want an air conditioner.  I did buy an small square fan today and it’s helping…

I’m still waiting to hear on my court date for my disability payments.  If my hours don’t increase at work – by at least 4 or 5 hours, I’m going to be in trouble.  My $2200 I had saved up to buy this house with (down payment), is now down to $1500.  That so kills me.  I have tried everything I know to get extra money coming in and nothing has worked.  I have even prayed – endlessly.  I didn’t sleep much last night because I have been worrying about it.  I’m trying not to worry and fret, but it creeps up on me.  Then I try to pray about it, but all that does is make me cry.  Then I’m cooled off for a little bit…

My great Aunt has been, tentatively, diagnosed with cancer and because of her age, she’ll be 88 next month, they have decided not to do anything except make her as comfortable as possible.  I hate that.  The same thing happened to my Dad.  He had inoperable pancreatic cancer and the prognosis was the same no matter what they did.  It just feels like giving up.  And I hate that feeling.  And I hate cancer.

My roof still has a patch on it and my ceiling is still unfinished.  And I seriously don’t think I’m going to see any of those guys again.  At least I’ve got 2 really nice ladders and some dry wall tools out of it…

I’m just tired of being poor.  I’m an intelligent, well educated woman who happens to be over 50.  Is that why I can’t find a good job?  Cause I’m older?  Just found out that the Supreme Court gave a ruling that made it harder to prove an age bias in hiring.  So now, I’m going to start pestering my Congressman and my Senators to get the new law passed that over turns the Supreme Court ruling and makes it harder for companies to practice age discrimination.

Well, I’m tired and it’s almost time for dinner, although I’m not certain what I will, or won’t, be eating.  Nothing sounds good at the moment…  If you’ve stuck with me this long, thank you and you all have a good evening.