I check in with Facebook occasionally, but I’m gradually weaning myself away. They are still blocking any links to my blog with no explanation other than that it goes against their community guidelines on spam. One of the truly annoying aspects is they keep sending me notifications telling me I need to post on my page if I want viewers, so now I purposely post spam — links to my books on Amazon and Smashwords. (Speaking of which, if you haven’t yet downloaded it, A Spark of Heavenly Fire is available as a free download from Smashwords in all ebook formats. You can find the book here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1842. Be sure to use the coupon code WN85X when purchasing.)
To be honest, I’m just as glad to be staying away from people, especially those who so close-mindedly believe what they believe without taking any other idea into consideration. And usually these are the very people who pride themselves on their intelligence and open-mindedness. Me? I’m willing to take all ideas into consideration as long as they agree with my established beliefs. (And yes — that is a joke! A bad one, but still an attempt at humor. In truth, I like ideas that challenge me and help me see things in a different light, I just don’t like people dismissing my ideas out of hand and being coerced into believing what others think is true.)
I’m continuing my efforts to hearten myself, though the Bob crisis is the least of my worries. The knee is a greater problem, and I’d be more worried but I know from experience that knees take a long time to heal. Or at least mine do. The last time I damaged a knee it took over a year for it to return to normal. It’s the knee more than anything else that’s keeping me home and isolated. Since I can’t go out walking, I roam my yard, looking for treasures.
Today I was delighted to discover a wild rose in full bloom as well as a bud. These are on bushes we dug up to make room for the garage apron, and transplanted elsewhere. Since the transplants were fairly tall, I didn’t expect to have much luck with them filling out for another year or two, but I had to cut back one to keep it from spreading out over the walkway, and when I noticed how well that one did, I cut most of the others back, too. (Some that had been in the middle of a clump were nothing but long empty thorny stems with but a bit of branching at the very top, so I was afraid to lop them off.)
The rose bushes seem to be doing well. Although I have poor luck with bulbs and no luck with seeds, I do seem to be able to keep transplants alive.
The wild iris that is moving into my yard is also doing well, probably because it wasn’t a bulb I planted.
The poor captive roses that got caught between the garage next door and my fence are also starting to bloom. Such a joy to see any color!
From the photos, you might think I have a fabulous garden, but what I mostly have is dirt with a few sparse weeds, an unfinished garage, building supplies, and a displaced carport taking up most of my yard. To add to the muddle, I ordered metal shelves for the garage — fifteen feet of them in five sections. I’ll need help putting them together since each section weighs 62 pounds, but that’s not something to worry about now. The garage needs to be finished first.
Meantime, I am babying my knee, roaming the fictional world in The Wheel of Time, and being heartened by the treasures I find in my yard.
Pat Bertram is the author of Grief: The Inside Story – A Guide to Surviving the Loss of a Loved One. “Grief: The Inside Story is perfect and that is not hyperbole! It is exactly what folk who are grieving need to read.” –Leesa Healy, RN, GDAS GDAT, Emotional/Mental Health Therapist & Educator.
May 17, 2020 at 2:28 pm
Discoveries are fun! Last year, I noticed cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus) had sprouted in the garden, which was not strange because I had them elsewhere in the yard and they must have migrated. I call it the squirrel distribution system. Since I could tell the seedlings were going to be “something” (as my grandma would have said, “Is this something?” with the implication of a desirable flower in the making), I left the seedlings alone and they matured into 2 distinct colors, one white (from elsewhere in the yard) and the other a surprise: a deep burgundy. I saved the seeds from each last fall and kept them over winter and planted them a few weeks ago where I want a wall of flowers to dress up a bare wall. This damned pandemic has made me level up as a gardener, I must admit. I’ve never done so much work toward an eventual display of colors and textures. And I’m not even 100% sure I’m going to stay here. But if I do, then I have something to enjoy. And if I don’t then it’s a selling point.
May 17, 2020 at 2:50 pm
Oh, wow! Such treasures! There are squirrels around here — maybe they will bring some seeds.
I don’t like “at least”ing my way into positive thinking, especially when a situation is as bad as what we are dealing with but — that being said — at least we can be glad this is spring bringing signs of new life instead of the dead of winter. It gives us something different to think about.
May 18, 2020 at 11:28 am
So what happened to the guys putting up your garage. If you already said what happened, I must have missed it.
May 18, 2020 at 2:22 pm
You didn’t miss anything. The Bob got in the way. And hey! Thanks for the blog topic! https://bertramsblog.com/2020/05/18/garage-update/
May 18, 2020 at 2:35 pm
It doesn’t seem like a couple of men working on a garage would be violating lockdown restrictions.
May 18, 2020 at 2:38 pm
There is not problem with lockdown — the problem is getting the door and opener here (not enough delivery people because of the The Bob). And getting the electricians scheduled.
May 18, 2020 at 7:59 pm
May 18, 2020 at 2:22 pm
I’m sorry you are still having trouble with your knee. I hope you get your garage finished soon!!! The roses are very pretty.
May 18, 2020 at 2:40 pm
Thank you. The knee is starting to worry me, but not bad enough yet to go to urgent care.
May 18, 2020 at 4:43 pm
I bought a remote cabin about 10 years ago. It had a lawn, but I was determined I wasn’t going to be the type to spend the weekends there pushing a lawnmower around. Even in the city, I really couldn’t care less if the lawn doesn’t look like something in a magazine. At the cabin, I just let it go, and only cleared paths and made boardwalks where we really needed them. After it naturalized, all sorts of wildflowers started appearing. Now there’s a pretty constant display, with various species blooming naturally at various points over the summer and fall. I couldn’t possibly have created something so natural looking on purpose.
May 18, 2020 at 5:48 pm
That sounds wonderful!! I wanted to do some sort of mini prairie for a lawn, with wildflowers and native grasses, but considering the dry climate and the drought, there’s probably not enough moisture for even that. I will take comfort in thinking that at least you have the perfect wild yard.