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Instant Gratification

As I weeded around my yard today I thought of something a neighbor recently said. "I love that I can instantly see the results of my hard work."
In a world where instant results are de rigeur, I agree that some garden work especially eradicating weeds, can feed that desire better than anything.

My garden areas still need a lot of work. I weeded around my lavender plants today and pruned them. They look better and I got that self satisfaction my neighbor referred to.

About two weeks ago I laid down newspapers over a large weedy area in the soon to be expanded flower garden. I still have more to do, but what I did do felt like such an accomplishment. Funny how laundry has never given me the same feeling...

My son spotted a hummingbird moth at rest on one of the sage plants yesterday and I got a photo. I love these insects and have never seen one just chilling out.



Let's talk about an epic I just finished.

I never had John Steinbeck assigned to me for English. Some of you are probably sighing, "Lucky you.", which I understand.
I loathe "The Heart of Darkness" and refuse to read it ever again. (Sorry Joe C.)  On a whim I decided to read "East of Eden". Hey, go big when it comes to literature right? For me the book was outstanding and Cathy/Kate was one of the best antagonists on the planet.  Steinbeck writes like a Tennessee Williams of the West which I can appreciate in more ways than most. So if you are feeling rebellious, try it out some time. I had started with the audio discs narrated by Richard Poe and his reading got me hooked right into the story. Be forewarned, the first chapter describes Salinas Valley in excruciating detail, but hang in there, it gets really good. I was not in the car enough to get through all the discs I believe there are 24(!!!!), but Poe was amazing.

Hope you and yours are enjoying your summer. I am going to take photos of the garden and share them as soon as I can.

Be well and Cheers!
MissFiFi





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