Oh yeah, I forgot.
I also forgot about the blue flowered Salvia gaurenetica, the dark purple May Night salvias, and the red flowered fire spike and dwarf bottlebrush. And so, and I say this full aware of the absurdity of it, the ONLY flower color I don’t actually have in the back garden as I was talking about on the last post is peach. Peach… literally one of my favorite flower colors. Sigh. What ya gonna do, man. What ya gonna do.
Last week we did the thing you’re not supposed to do- literally the thing they use as an example- and got a beach house with friends. They’ve been careful, we’ve been careful, the house had a private pool and we used a remote beach access and were never too close to other people. And yet… considering how much metallic phallic shaped and sperm shaped confetti we found left over from the bachelorette party that was held in the house in the days before we got there… I have to question if the cleaning of surfaces of invisible viruses was up to snuff if they missed all the highly visible confetti. We cleaned up ourselves as best we could, but sheesh. What’s worse- the virus risk or our friend’s 5 year-old continually finding sperm confetti and announcing she found another “worm?”
We’re now 8 days past the start of that short vacation so we all seem to have made it through okay, but we’ll be staying at home for most of the next… however long the dumpster fire of infection we got going on in Texas lasts.
On that front it’s quite bad- our town just went mandatory masks, which just means a ton of idiots are going to be printing out and laminating these to try to get out of it:
Needless to say I hope businesses ask to see the cards and then nail them up over the registers like bartenders do with fake IDs and then kick them out, but I doubt it.
Since when did someone’s freedom to cough on another person supersede their obligation to protect their fellow man? What in the hell god damn dystopian upside-down are we living in?
I am REALLY enjoying all the videos of racists who then get fired for their behavior though… so that’s something.
Back in the garden things really have their legs under them and we’re still getting the occasional bit of rain, so we’re in peak garden season. There are lots of little vignettes in the garden I like right now- here are a few:
The garden isn’t merely aesthetic though, it’s homestead-esqueness is also on display/production.
In other, non food production related garden activities:
While installing the new BBQ area my husband found ANOTHER Texas mouse spider.
Here’s what a post on them says:
Mouse Spiders are rarely found in Texas but they are worth noting as they do have a more dangerous bite than most other species.
It got dropped over the fence at the abandoned house to hopefully find it’s mate and never ever ever come back to our yard.
I also learned they make 3′ deep burrows. And that they’re quite dangerous.
And yet… live and let live, right? (YOU HEAR THAT, MOUSE SPIDERS? Live. And. Let. Live.)
In other news the Godzilla dust storm from the Sahara is here. My husband and I were outside as it rolled in. It got hazy and I was plastered with grit instantly- it got in my eyes and I was wiping it off of my skin. It blew in along with rain that day- so we had to make a run for the house to escape both the grit and the huge raindrops that came with it. The rain hasn’t knocked it out of the air though, it still looked like this yesterday:
My husband and I worked outside for a number of hours yesterday and I started not feeling well in the evening. My chest was a bit achey, I was tired, and I was coughing. “Goodby family, I have loved you so!”
Turns out I was only tired from working in the heat and the rest of the symptoms were from the dust… it isn’t recommended to be out and working in it which of course makes sense. I feel better today.
And lastly, my desk fish Minnie (a female betta) went to the fish bowl in the sky after a good two year run.
She’s been replaced by Mr. Pink, who is much showier.
It was a toss up between him and a solid red one. I’m happy with my choice.
Stay safe out there from viruses, idiots, dust storms, and mouse spiders.