garden update

I am in the final stages of my current story. At this point, I feel like I’m just churning out a giant turd. I hope that this week I can write the last chapter, read the whole thing over, make it magical (maybe a fairy godmother will show up?), and send it out to my beta readers to see what they think. Then, if the betas think it’s good, I swear I’m going to pay for a “real” editor. But for now, I’m feeling very unsure of myself (I live with this feeling most of the time, don’t worry).

In other frustrating news, this weekend looks to be rainy, which means no beach. 😦 boo! Maybe Monday will be a beacher? We’ll see…

But there is always something to smile about! And today I am smiling about my backyard.

I live in a working-class neighborhood, in a bland vinyl-sided house with no character, with an average-sized yard. As I have mentioned before, I am a stay-at-home mom, which means I am broke. A side effect of this is that instead of taking expensive vacations, we spend a lot of time in our own yard, and so I have tried to make it a fun place for my family. Last year I built a fabulous patio with a fire-pit in the center. This year, I’m putting in a tree house (hopefully). I have loads of flowers and berries and interesting plantings. We have a play-set and a very ugly little kiddie-pool. At any given time there might be a tent set up, or an obstacle course, croquet, or a badminton net. There is almost always a half-finished art project on the table out there.

It’s a freaking white-trash paradise, let me tell you!

So today, under threat of rain, I walked around my yard and picked berries (I ate them all myself before I got inside), pulled some weeds (there are still a lot out there), picked up dog poop (has to be done), and then cut a bunch of flowers for the table. The garden is doing awesome, by the way. Already we’ve eaten zucchini, eggplant, and green beans, and the corn, tomatoes and pumpkins are looking awesome. I can’t grow a cucumber to save my life, though.

I’m not a photographer by any measure. Still, I took some pictures, as an update to the last garden post I did. Here they are:

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