Still waiting for them for the most part, though admittedly it helps that we have central AC. I don’t think I’d mind sweating if I had to, but since I don’t, we keep it fairly cool indoors around here. Florida brain helps us stay comfortable for the whole 2 months out of the year there’s heat here.
That’s an underestimation actually. The 80s started at the beginning of May here with the occasional 90 (dear climate change, I hate you. sincerely, a steward of the earth), and are destined to continue til end of August, I think. But the humidity level is key; it’s rarely high, so the comfort level is significantly better than what you’d experience further south. I know, you’ve heard this from me before…I just continue to be in awe that I’m not miserable here.
I stepped outside today to take some pictures. I awoke to thunder and pouring rain, but by 10ish, the sun was out and everything was drying. The creek was rushing, telling me we’d had a good amount of rain overnight, and everywhere you looked was that green that deepens with a good shower.
I stepped outside in my bare feet. I’m trying to walk in bare feet while I can, for several reasons: a) to toughen the soles of my feet, b) to strengthen the muscles/tendons (I’ve had some sucky arthritis flare-ups recently in my right foot), and c) to give my feet as much air as possible to ward off and cure some athlete’s foot. My feet get terribly cold in winter, so I’m enjoying the freedom while I can. This has been a summer of sandals for me too. Since I stopped worrying about how I look in the damn things or how much of an arch I need, I’ve found a lot of comfort in sandals.
Stepping carefully, I take pictures of my garden area. It’s seriously modest this year, herbs only. They were slow to grow initially, and then I had some wooly aphid issues, but my one treatment on the affected plants seems to have done the trick, because I’m not seeing a reoccurence, and the mints are starting to grow like gangbusters—time to harvest and dry some for future teas. Wish the catnip would catch up, but that was a starter from seed that went leggy and is just starting to show strength, so I’m babying it.
I need to look ahead though. Tried bringing most of the biggies indoors last winter, which was mostly a failure…plus it’s not realistic with our younger cat; he jumps anywhere his ample belly will let him…..so I’m thinking of greenhousing this winter. I have one structure with a cover, and I have hoop material, but ideally I need another mini-greenhouse due to the size of my containers.
The MIL visited over 4th of July and brought tomatoes, peaches, blueberries, and pickling cukes. I processed everything but the cukes, which will ferment another week or two before being canned. All my lids popped properly, and the satisfaction factor of that is hilarious every time. I’ve also been delving into bone broths, as I’ve gone rather Paleo of late.
Money’s tight nowadays and getting tighter. I’m hunting for a real job, but Asheville’s pretty packed with creative types already. The maddening thing is when you apply and get zero response. I’m trying for some freelance work with a local publication (that they’re advertising for), have even reached out to the publisher, who I met at a previous interview, and so far, nothing. The pay would probably be peanuts, but every little bit helps. I updated Les’s resume finally, and he starts looking this week as well, but he’s been out of the game for so long, his pay scale will likely be grim.