Thursday, July 21, 2016

SunFlower

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Last week I didn't get to water the garden twice, but I managed to this week. The hot sun n lack of rain in Eastern MA is making it difficult to keep the crops going. Most noticeably my container bush tomato is wilted every time I get back there. At least it hasn't lost any green tomatoes yet.

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I ate a beautiful Zucchini for dinner last night, the first container one I ever had success with. Yep, in a Smart Pot n behind chicken wire. Last week I finally got to eat some green beans n peas too. Probably I'll pick the first cuke when I get home. It has a weird, gourd shape.

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The garden has been so much work this year, with parts disappearing overnight. This week the row of onions are suddenly missing! Plus Many weeds are taking over n I'm out of time to keep getting them out.

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I rescued a large Bumble Bee doing the breast stroke in my water bucket pouring it gently on the late, ground-planted tomatoes, n he did seem very grateful. Bees always have a tough time in droughts.

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I'm having a tough time keeping up with everything. No time for much besides chores n  garden. I'm away from the house most of the time, going earlier to work now, n relaxing so little. Work is crazy almost every day, but somehow I still do all that moving of food stuff. It will take me some time to recover from this very busy season, n this past year of different living conditions.

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Been watching the "Divergent" movie series this week. I had the first dvd here, then found the second."Insurgent" at the library last week. I found the last, "Allegiant," at the store this week- Yay!


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I got a little, potted Sunflower for the windowsill for $2 last week. Already the heat n room conditions are withering it, but it would get eaten fast by critters for certain if put outside here. I wonder if the secondary flower buds would bloom if I cut the main one off, or if it would just die  anyways- This room has been tough to live in for most of the plants, (n me too).

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Now back to blog browsing, then getting outside for a walk...

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Water's Edge

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 Difficult to believe it's already halfway thru July.



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This week I finally made it back to the beach in my old village for a short visit. I'd intended to swim n skip shopping, but my plan changed. Not only was it so windy, but the beach was more crowded than I like. Also I did need to get things at the store for the up-coming work-week, n won't go to the store with wrecked water-hair.

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 So I only got half-wet, walked around a bit, n headed to the store for errands only to discover most things I wanted were sold out. Luckily the still had my bread, but I'll need a separate trip for sinus pills which I'm out of.

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 Lately I've noticed I really feel like an outsider around the village these days. The atmosphere seems different n more tourist-y if that is possible. Like everyone in sight has tons of money n the everyday folks I'm used to can't afford to relax there. They aren't at the beach, but all working like crazy.


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There were tons of families with children everywhere, all out on summer vacation n as usual I was the only one in a hurry on a limited time schedule. I don't use sunscreen n want to avoid getting burned anyways.

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I like this pic of this beach section by the pier alot. Not only is it almost in focus in the windy conditions, but barely anyone is recognizable, plus the hovering seagull is visible. Tough to judge what I'm doing when the strong light makes the screen tough to see. (I don't know any of the folks there). 

Hope I get back to the beach again before summer is over...

Thursday, July 07, 2016

The Cost

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The cost of staying independent is high for me these days. I give up my sleep, family time, work on holidays, n have too much to accomplish on a back-log list. Without working my job from Hell I have no way to pay rent n stay in this area.

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 This week I have paid n then some. Still working on recovering. The OT in my pay will help me save more needed funds for short - term goals, but still I think winning the lottery jackpot is my best way to hurry n solve  all my pressing problems. I'll be buying more mega Millions tickets today...

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Sometimes I wonder why I go thru all this, n I think of just taking off somewhere else for awhile, but the truth is I like it here n want to stay. Most local folks here are friendly n kind as you do business around town. Seeing familiar faces in my travels is a perk I like in my daily life.

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The more I bump into folks n hear of their trouble paying to live here, struggles with health issues, n fighting with the disability system denying them for barely survivable funds, the more I wish I could hit the jackpot n help them all pay to live for awhile.

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 Getting older the way life is these days can be a tough pill to swallow. I wish I could help take away some of my friend's stress, n mine as well.

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 I'd like to just kick back n enjoy some of this sweltering heat, but darn it's a low - tide day! Instead I'll be out walking in it no where near the beach.

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 Traffics been so low in blogland lately I wonder why I bother posting, but I like my familiar blogger folks too. I had to return my library dvds n go get lottery tix anyhow. I watched Jurassic Park IV known as "Jurassic World," n "The Kingdom of Heaven" directed by Ridley Scott with Orlando Bloom n Liam Neeson about the start of The Crusades. It was a very gory film with parts difficult to understand, I think, tho I liked the actors.

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"Find the Cost of Freedom"  " from the "So Far" album is one of my favorite Crosby, Stills, Nash, n Young  harmony tunes. I love the way Stephen Stills plays the guitar instrumental. If there's ever a memorial service for me I want them to play that track because I identify with it.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Nautical Sea of Flowers

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I like how this one came out looking like copper-work...

They are living up to the nickname we gave them as children.
"Army worms" (or Gypsy Moth Caterpillars) have destroyed most of the tree leaves the past few weeks. Shade trees are tough to find these days. Only those lucky to have been treated with insecticide have recognizable leaf shapes.

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I used "Seven" powder on the tree trunk out front, but my room is still very hot today. I've been harvesting a bumper crop of strawberries out back, n can't keep up with them during my workweek. Alot are being tossed due to plentiful slugs. 

wish I'd figured out to head them off earlier. I remember reading about beer-pool traps, but have yet to sacrifice a beer... n my pest books are buried in the book piles here someplace... Guess it's another thing I need more time to look up online again. One hour per week is never enough internet time. I hate getting cut off. 


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Work is gearing up for huge 4th of July vacation orders. There are so many new work folks that seasoned ones get befuddled as our routines get interjected by those not understanding our system of keeping order n progress ongoing without causing extra clean-up work.

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I have been over-stressed, n as always questioning if I can continue the intense pace. While the rest of the world is having bbqs, having Independence Day vacation, n watching fireworks, I'll be working for OT bucks.

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It always seems I'm the only one not on a long week-end. When you live in a tourist zone area, hay must be made as we work like horses while the crowds are here.

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Onward to July...



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I spot
 a cat in a corner,
green butterflies,
n turtles -

anything else?
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A yard I walk past sometimes.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Grey is nice too

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Grey is nice, but not in the hair you're thinking? I'm lucky to have blond-ish hair it's tough to see grey in-. yay! Plus now the sun is bleaching out the brassy tone too. I won't ever use hair coloring because of my allergies to the chemicals.
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My spiny Aloe plant is flowering! I didn't ever see a Aloe blossom before. They are about .75 of an inch long with one open at a time. I guess using the plant light on occasion made it happen.  
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At least I got to do these pics this week. Trying not to write another exhausted from work post so guess I'm going short on words lately...