Saturday, August 6, 2011

Dog Days

So it is August and I haven't been here since June.  Once again, life has interfered and I have been unwilling unable to sit myself down at the computer to compose something coherent.  Truth is, I have nothing of interest to say.  That right there, is it in a nutshell. 

Anyway, since my last post, my yard has gone all wild and wooly and the sad part of it is, I just don't care.  My yard has sprouted weeds that are slowly taking over the lawn.  Whatever.  My perennials all need dead-heading and the flower beds need weeding.  Sure.  I'll get right on that. 

My tiny vegetable garden is slowly starting to produce some tomatoes and cukes.  The cucumbers were intended to be pickled for the fridge but they end up turning yellow on my counter and then tossed in the garbage.  I can't even bring myself to walk the things out to my compost pile.  Lazy.  I even have the dill growing in the garden for the pickles.  Blah!

The Japanese beetles are abundant around here, like they are every year.  One of my favorite early evening activities is to go and flick them off of whatever they're munching on, into a can of soapy water.  And those little buggers are amoral.  I can often find groups of them mating right there in public, on my flowers.  They have no shame.  So the whole lot of them go into the soapy water and drown.  Good riddance to those sex-starved chew mongers! 

That whole bit of wordy nonsense above is to illustrate that the dog days of summer are here, and we've all been hibernating in the air conditioning.  Its too darned hot to go outside to even get the mail, much less weed the garden.  One thing I've discovered while being inside is the website Pinterest.  Its a neat little place where you can "pin" items of interest to your virtual bulletin board.  The nice thing about this is that there are tons of things that  you can keep track of, like recipes and DIY projects.  And since they're "pinned" to your board, you don't have to print out anything and keep it lying around for future reference.  Check it out.  Its good for at least a half hour of browsing, anyway.  And if you want to see what I have pinned, my user name is Annabelle26

Maybe I'll get motivated and take some pics of my hot mess of a garden.  It might make you feel better about your own yard.  Ha!