I know I’ve been posting pretty erratically. I’m still schlepping up to Abilene each week; sometimes twice. I’ll be so glad when I can finally put that venerable city in my rear-view mirror permanently. Ah well – that’s probably a while off for now. Unfortunately, these Abilene sojourns are putting me way behind schedule in the garden. I doubt I’ll be able to catch up this year – 2014 might actually end up being mulchless…sigh.
The trips to Abilene aren’t all that bad, though. The wild flowers are stupendous this year. Here’s a stretch on Highway 71 in Mason County between Llano and Brady.
So, I past the half-century mark last Sunday. Funny, I’m 50 but I feel 105. Doubtless I’m that old geezer that yells “Hey…you kids…get off my lawn!” I realized that I was old…really old…when I was setting up my mother’s apartment at the assisted living place and, when going through her CDs I thought, “Who listens to this rubbish?!? – AD/DC; Def Leppard; Rush; Cinderella; etc.” My mother seems to be more hip than me. My CD collection – vast as it is – starts with polyphonic chant from England and France and taps out at about 1938 with Artie Shaw and Tommy Dorsey. During a recent visit, my sister was going on about Kim Kardashian’s wedding to Kanye West. I’m not sure I know who either of these people are. She looked at me like I was crazy when I said that Artie Shaw had been married to both Lana Turner and Ava Gardner and that Betty Grable and Harry James had been married. I really think I’m quite fossilized.
In the yard, it’s been rather like a horror show. Two weeks ago, I found a six-foot long shed rattlesnake skin in the storage bin where I keep some of my gardening equipment. I needed a few stiff drinks after that.
At the same time, there was an industrious spider who build a 10-foot wide web between two trees. The spider was about that same size as a Kennedy half-dollar – another old-geezer reference. It was fascinating that the birds seem to be able to see the web and avoid it for the most part.
This evening was a big grilling event. The main course was grilled pizza, but I didn’t get a selffeed of that. But here are the corn, carrots, and orange bell pepper I roasted.
And with the grilled pizza, I had a fantastic Pinot Noir – Arrogant Frog. A French wine from the Laguedoc, I highly recommend it!
Here are some miscellaneous photos from the garden – hope everybody is having a great June!
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That’s a treasure of a snake skin! The wildflowers really were out to break records this spring. And we’ve had two months (and counting) of fireflies. I hope Abilene leaves you be sooner than expected so you can enjoy your pleasures more often once again.
I really appreciate that – sometimes I feel like my sanity is hanging in the balance not being able to attend to my garden.