Sure when they say summer break
they mean eight to ten weeks of vacation
for teachers and children
Not parents.

Don’t get me wrong,
the time spent with a sleepless toddler
and languishing teens is priceless.

My role as ringleader of the herd
includes shuttle and flight attendant services
activity director and peacemaker of the car
text translator and fixer of all things
relating to paperwork

That shouldn’t be my responsibility
since I divorced, HIM, but
I still have culpability

Finding My Child when he disappears
communicating through text only
Calming Eldest Surly Reverie
after his vivid dreams
Steering My Silent Sentinel toward
better executive functioning and breathing

Catching a flying Girlie
who thinks running full tilt
into mommy is exquisite joy
(All Hail! Sensory Children!)

My break was
rising before the masses
to dig, plant, transplant,
observe and maintain
my front yard forest.

The success of the season:
arugula, lettuce and kale.
No, there are no pictures.

You’ll just have to imagine
micro greens closely planted in rows
with Swiss chard on the side
potted beans and happy peas.
Girlie and I have green breakfasts.

(PS. I haven’t posted recently,
My Bear was in the hospital
I have poison ivy on my arms,
hands and one knee???

my router died, then
my computer refused to play nice
with the new router, then
I got to play Mac Geek
on an HP laptop that had wi-fi access
playing with network settings
that might be compatible
with my old MacBook Pro.

I used a messy solution that
never really fixed the original problem
though I may finally update my operating system
to see if that fixes the problem.
Or, not.)

Here are the pictures: I think you may have to place a cursor on the image to see the captions.


9 thoughts on “Summer Break

    1. Thanks Liz! The secret is to only plant invasive, hardy annuals that self-sow. None of my marigolds grew from seeds last year and I have never gotten begonias to grow from seed either. Morning Glories are invasive and hard to weed out of a garden, I do pull bindweed though. Balsam was a surprise last year. Later, in September I’ll take pictures of them in full bloom. I’ve been moving the Balsam volunteer plants around to places that need flowers. Tomatoes are easy to grow from seed or plants. The tomatoes that fall almost always produce volunteers. Herbs are weeds that smell and taste nice. They can be pretty too. Comfrey is hard to kill or weed out. Chives are fun in pots or in a border. Oregano never dies. Sage winters over pretty well, but only lasts for three or four years before the stems are too woody to produce new stems. I have problems with lavender. My knowledge comes from trial and error over a 20+ year period. I’m not an expert. The Extension /Agricultural offices will know what grows best in your zone. Native plants are fun to experiment with. I haven’t photographed my poke weed trees. I’ll have to weed them out for three or more years. The berries produce a beautiful pink dye. I’m having fun seeing which plants compete with each other evenly. Periwinkle was no match for the comfrey or sedum. I can barely find it under the comfrey bushes that have grown. Comfrey can be used in skin cream, though I haven’t experimented with it yet. Woops, I’m rambling. I love plants though. 🙂 Goodnight.

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      1. Probably something I should try next year. Less is more…

        I only know what I can grow reliably and collect seeds from. The rest are mysteries. Ugh. Roses. I kill them. I never try, but they just die.

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