Friday, May 16, 2008
It’s going to be another hot day. Unfortunately it is humid as well, which makes the heat much worse. It already felt like ninety degrees at 9:30 this morning. I was out moving water hoses when I experienced a bad chest pain. Dragging five hundred feet of water hose is like climbing several flights of stairs with a heavy back pack on. I’ve had chest pains before but this one came with a headache and dizziness so I went inside. Cherie had me chew two aspirin, hold them under my tongue, and lay down. That worked though I’m still a little dizzy and have the headache. Plus it feels like there is a pressure buildup behind my eyeballs. That’s the kind of thing you get with sinus problems.
There is lots to do as there is every day now. We lost the blackberry bushes. This time it was due to neglect. As much as I try to get Cherie to schedule tasks like what to water when it doesn’t seem to work out well. The blackberries are in a separate location and just got forgotten. Out here it only takes a couple of days for that to kill young and tender plants that haven’t gotten established yet. For that matter it doesn’t take much for established plants either. The raspberries, blueberries, and now blackberries have all succumbed. I know gophers got at least one of the blueberry bushes.
We threw another fogger under the house this morning. At first it looked like we had gotten all of the killer bees yesterday but by three or four you could see a dozen of them flying around their entrance under the house. I hope we got them all this time.
Yesterday I fetched another load of rocks and worked on the rock wall out front. It’s looking good I think but needs a lot more work. Eventually I want to mix up mortar and make it permanent but till then they are just kind of balanced in place. I’ll get two or three more loads of rocks to finish it up but that won’t happen too fast. There is just too much else to do. Getting and keeping this garden/farm going is more important than looking good.
This is one of the days I’m to poop scoop at Janie’s. The truck is pretty low on gas, the bank account is low on funds, and we won’t get our income tax rebate check till Friday (providing the IRS is on time) so I may not go in. Cherie will call to let me know how bad it is. If there isn’t much I will let her do it for me, thus saving the eight dollars it costs in gas just to run to Midland. I do need to go online, which I do when I go to Steve and Janie’s, so will probably go into Stanton where I can access the net through the unsecured Wi-Fi connection we can get at the water station. I’ll fill up our empty water bottles to make use of the gas and time spent going in.
I feel pretty tired right now. But there’s things to do.