Oh my heavens, I feel like I haven’t been by the internet in about a thousand years. It’s actually been more than a week, which really IS a thousand years in blogging time. This June is just knocking me down and kicking me around. My calendar is FULL. I mean, booked for every second of every day from now until mid-July. It is CRAZY.
I was going to list here all the things I have to do this month but it was incredibly tedious, even for me, and I’m living it. Every day I have at least 10 items on my to-do list, and these are not casual, nice-to-have, work-on-my-personal-growth kind of things, these are MUST DO, last possible day, have to get done NOW kind of things.
The Busy-Ness is totally interfering with my planned blog posts, which include a second year of the Summer Of Awesome (YES) and a series on Myers-Briggs codes, because I am obsessed, and of course, Dance Show Commentary, plus numerous craft and birthday party posts (the little one is turning four, FOUR). And it will happen, DAMMIT, if I have to give up many many nights of sleep.
One thing that has been taking a bit of my time is gardening. I am NOT a gardener, in fact I kill plants on a regular basis. But last year Sir Monkeypants and I got tired of living in the only house on the block with zero landscaping – it was the outdoor equivalent of the mismatched university-era IKEA furniture that we still have in several rooms of the house – so we had a fabulous company (shoutout: Dutch Landscaping!) come in and build us some lovely walkways and flower beds.
Now is the time to fill those beds with something other than dirt, and my good friend Lee Ann did us a HUGE favour by designing all our flower beds – picking out the plants based on colour, hardiness, and appropriateness for sun/shade, and deciding where everythingn would go. I would have had NO idea. On top of that, she even took me shopping to get everything which was even HUGER, the nurseries are SO intimidating what with the plants, plants, and more plants all over the place, and latin names being thrown around willy-nilly, and it’s all just so OVERWHELMING.
So I’ve been shopping, then planting, then shopping, then mulching, then shopping, then pulling up more sod to make a new bed because now I have The Fever, then shopping, then planting. Everything article of clothing I own is DIRTY.
But it is lovely. And I am happy.
I even put in a small vegetable garden for the second year running. It already has wee little plants in it. I continue to be amazed, just amazed, at how you can throw seeds in the ground and water them and voila!, food. It’s a miracle, literally. Speaking of miracles, our next-door-neighbours have a robin’s nest in the rafters of their play structure, and the four little blue eggs in it hatched a few days ago. Between baby bird watching and baby vegetables growing and gardens taking root, I’m feeling rather misty-eyed with the Circle of Life these days.
It’s so nice to have a little rooting in this crazy, windy, wild June. Summer really is awesome.