A Little Bit of Everything

Good morning y’all.  I’m sorry it’s been awhile since I last posted, but things have been, for lack of a better word, slightly depressing.  Some changes have occurred where my family is concerned, and I wasn’t sure how to deal with it.  To sum it up, my dad quit talking to me for reasons only he knows.  At first, I didn’t know how to deal with it, but then I had an epiphany.  If he doesn’t want to talk to me, that’s his choice, not mine.  He’ll come around in his own time.

So, moving on.

After more than a month, last week, I finally heard from my publication coordinator, via email, that my manuscript is ready for me to review the edits the editing department has proposed in my manuscript.  Since this past weekend was 4th of July weekend, I took that time away from work, and now, today, I’ll begin reviewing the edits in depth.  This should be fun.

In other news, about 5 years ago, I gave up my Facebook account.  Why?  It was the only way I could disassociate myself from select people I no longer wanted anything to do with.  It was the only way I could seek the solitude I needed to overcome the dramas and stresses of my own life.  While Facebook is a great way to keep in contact and communicate with select friends and family, I didn’t want any part of any of it.  Recently, I’ve been thinking that now might be the right time to regroup and restart.  I admit, part of me is fearful of Facebook because of the people I once knew.  Like the movie “Cyberbully” with actress Emily Osment, I couldn’t escape, but I wasn’t being bullied.  People just would not leave me alone.  However, with my book in publishing and ‘Moore’ Books Free Library slowly coming together, I think those two things are reason enough to restart a Facebook account, but rather than a personal account, I’m thinking more along the lines of ‘Public Figure’ account.  With coronavirus cases still on the rise, Facebook will be an avenue that I would not otherwise have for online book signings and other such events.  Actor and author, Chris Colfer did it, so why can’t I do similar?

The entirety of it will take time, but that’s okay because all of the best things in life take time.

On a totally different note, I gave gardening another shot.  My first time didn’t go so well.  While I tried my hand at growing green beans, cucumbers, peppers, squash, and a couple other vegetables, things were going good until I transferred them to bigger planters, then they all died.  This time, some friends and neighbors gave me a few a tomato plants, and I’m very pleased to say that I have 8 tomatoes producing so far.  They’re still green, but they are growing.  My ‘bae’ has to craft together some stakes to help my roma tomato plant stand more upright, but it’s doing well and that’s all I can ask for right now.  Roma hasn’t yet produced anything, but it’s early yet.  I do have a few pictures to post of my budding tomatoes, and I’ll post them soon, but I have to first transfer the pictures from my phone to my computer.  Then I’ll be able to share them with you.  If things continue to grow as well as they are, this time next year, I’m going to try for a raised personal garden.  Time will tell.

Finally, the Georgia heat has really kicked in full swing since summer officially began.  The humidity is practically through the roof, making it harder for my ‘bae’ to breathe when outside what with his heart condition.  Heck, I’m perfectly healthy and the humidity is even getting to me.  The only time I’m really going outside is to feed and water my plants, or to take out the garbage.  It’s so hot out, we don’t even feel like grilling.

So, that pretty much sums up the essence of my life currently.  A little of this, a little of that, but not much of anything else.  I’m doing what I can, and practicing patience by working on the inside.  More or less cleaning, rearranging, and reorganizing.

Well y’all, I guess that’s it for this post.  As always, thank you all for reading and following my blog.  By the way, is there anything y’all would like me to write about?  I’m always open to suggestions; something new to talk about.

Until next time!

“First Time Gardening”

Spring has certainly sprung because my allergies kicked into overdrive last week.  Sneezing, hacking, phlegmy, and just plain being miserable in the mornings when my nasal cavity has been backed up all night.  I know, it’s not a pretty picture, no matter how flowery I try to make it sound, but it happens, and that’s life.

The Dogwoods surrounding our house blossomed and popped, and everything is turning a gorgeous shade of fresh green.  I feel as if I, myself have been wrapped in a cocoon for a while,  and I’m now emerging a butterfly with confidence.

Speaking of Mother Nature reviving herself, my garden is coming along very well.  Not to brag, but more than half of my plants have sprouted and broke soil.  My first time at this is going better than I thought it would, but it’s still early.  I could totally sabotage myself, and not mean to.

I wasn’t sure about starting my garden with sugar cones as biodegradable planters (as seen on Pinterest), but I’m self-teaching.  I did some research online, not as thorough as our late country music singer sensation Joey Feek, of Joey and Rory; more like Gregory Mendel and his pea plant experiments, but my gardening has nothing to do with cross examining genetics in offspring.  I’m doing this for the fun of it.

It’s definitely hands-on work, but the things I’m learning from constantly checking on the plants throughout each and every day, playing in the soil, rotating to the time of day, making sure they’re getting plenty of sunshine, and maintaining a certain saturation level at all times, they’re sprouting and growing a little more every time I check on them!  I feel like I’m always checking on them because I usually do so between each class, but I’m so amazed how they’re growing, I can’t help but to go look!

You’re probably wondering, what all did I plant?  Well, using two 12-count boxes of sugar cones, I have 24 plants.  Four of them are green beans because the envelope was there and I figured, “why not”.  I planted four seeds in four cones.  All four cones have at least one sprout in them.  One has two!  Four cones are tomato plants, but I didn’t count the seeds I scattered per cone.  I planted enough.  All four cones have sprouted at least twice.  I also planted peppers, and one or two of them have sprouted.  Then there’s my zucchini, yellow squash, and cucumbers.  My zucchini is sprouting all over the place and I might be transferring them before long.  The squash only started sprouting this week.  Same goes for my cucumbers.  I’m very proud of myself this far.

I was going to invest in a hand-tiller and plant an in-ground garden, but I changed my mind when I considered the ants we have where I want to put the garden.  I can only imagine what the tunnelage looks like under the ant hill.  Instead, I’m going on the rustic side of gardening.  I’m going to use things I have around the house, and re-purpose them.  For instance, I have a couple of tall standing dressers I want to redo and make into something else.  I’m taking three of the drawers and turning them into gardening planters–for my zucchini, squash, and cucumbers.  In time, hubby’s going to put together a greenhouse for me so I can continue my planting year around.  I’ll have dresser drawer planters, kitty litter bucket planters, old milk jug planters–if I can use it as a planter, I’m going to.

Who knew gardening could be so fun, and observably stimulating?  I didn’t.