Sunday, April 05, 2009

Alive So Far

Every year I try to save some plants over the winter. This year, I had three different varieties of hot pepper, a sprig of rosemary, a sprig of basil, several beets and a few eggplant. They suffered a nasty winter. First we had an infestation of little white flies, which were wiped out by a nasty infestation of spider mites. My order of lacewings went in too late, and I still haven't received them. Until I learned, in February, that you could control spider mites with isopropyl alcohol, I despaired that I would lose them all. I only managed to save one of the eggplant, and I lost several of the peppers, and I only managed to keep 2 beets out of 8 alive. But I seem to have saved more than half.

And I have an eggplant. Do I sound a little bit giddy? I can't declare it saved until after Memorial Day. Until then, it (and the peppers) shall be at risk of my not bringing them inside on nights that freeze. I'm trying to cut down on the buggies by moving these babies outside for a few days. We'll see how it goes.

And I have a venue and a date and a plan for Mom's memorial service. That was so hard to do. I had to take a day off from work just to find a place and make myself make the phone calls. It's much easier to go through Mom's clothes than it is to deal with this. Today I'll make the invitations. They have to go out early this week at the latest.

And I've started to knit Nothin' But a T-Shirt in Berroco Echo in the color identified on the web as "ranch hand."

I am betting that I will not have enough yarn. This "enough yarn" business makes me insane. This is one of the reasons I like to knit socks. I've got the amount of yarn nailed.

And I started my taxes.

I have so much to do and so little get-up-and-go. Except when I wake up in the middle of the night and can't get back to sleep.

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Anonymous Bobbi said...

Thinking of you...good luck with the planning and the invitations...look at them as invitations to gather together people who loved your mother and want to share their stories of her with you. Though it's sad there is something wonderful about getting together and sharing'll be a good thing!

April 08, 2009 11:31 AM  

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