Plantings

Got the two tomatoes, marigolds, kale bundle and Sweet Annie in the ground and watered yesterday.

Also transplanted a big daylily clump to the corner garden. There seem to be sets of threes, by coincidence.

Did laundry, changed sheets. Ron put the spare tire on the van.

Today, I rethought the position of the daylily and rotated it about a quarter turn.

I also brought the hibiscus upstairs and on the deck. It was easier than I thought it would be. Unplugged the grow light and put the zuke seedlings outside as well.

Ron drove to Falmouth to get his tire fixed, but all the tire shops were closed.

Beans are planted. Ron attached the wood trellis to rebar. I planted all of the seeds in both strawberry patches. They should sprout in a week or so.

Made chili.

After a couple of false starts, we set up Ron’s tuner and speakers in the living room so we can listen to radio.

It feels like late spring today.

We Are On Foot

Or dependent on others: both vehicles are out of service temporarily.

My truck has been stuck in the shop since last Tuesday. This is the second long holiday weekend that has screwed with us, the last one being Christmas or New Year’s or some such Monday holiday around the time of the water apocalypse at Edgewater.

Ron has a flat and since it was pouring yesterday – we had well over 1/2 an inch – he wasn’t able to switch it out with the “donut”.

I’d planned to pick up tomatoes from Featherlight Farm yesterday. It would have been unrealistic to do it today, Sunday, because they were closing at 11 and it’s unlikely the van would be driveable that early.

Peter was nice enough to drive me to Woods Hole and I’m glad: one of the tomatoes is already ungainly, and I wouldn’t have wanted to wait another week to plant it, too difficult to keep the stalk from breaking.

P&B have hired a trash collection company, so we’ve made our last run for them. They were packed on Wednesday, it’d been two weeks. We had to use the van, but it worked out fine, double-bagged trash and sorted the recyclables before we left.

I’ve been transplanting daylilies from the deck and the driveway garden to the corner garden. Planted dill in the herb garden and bacopa in the hangar with the petunia flats from Roche.

A couple of days ago, I sprayed the roses and the red maple.

The zuke seedlings are up and possibly some surprises from the old seeds that I’d planted a while back: at least the leaves look quite different.

MRS

Had a phone conversation yesterday with the MRS admins about temporary changes to registrations due to COVID-19. Produced another set of emails for Nicole.

Brought the truck to Battles; it ran fine. Ron followed and we made stops at Windfall and CVS on the way back.

Not much gardening, just weeding the fence garden, street-side.

Hyannis

After picking up and then dropping off prescriptions for G, we did a return – fast – at Home Depot.

Ron wanted to pick up a voltmeter at Harbor Freight and suggested we work in a walk. We did 130 to and Airport Drive back.

Zucchini; Water Filter; Truck

I finally got it together and planted zuke seeds in the starter kit yesterday.

Also changed out the water filter.

Made it to the annual Roche Bros. plant sale this morning. Almost got run off the road by an entitled jerk (I had the right of way, dammit) and got poked in the arm by a thoughtless “handsy” one.

On the other hand, while in line, had a conversation with a charming woman who was enjoying the sun and watching the ospreys that are nesting in the parking lot.

Brought home gtoceries, two basil plants and two hangers. Split each basil into four and planted them in the old strawberry patch garden. Also transplanted a flower and an herb from that garden. Fingers crossed. We seem to have milkweed plants left over from last year: surprise.

Feasted last night. Brought home treats from Roche at 20% off (salads, soup, bread, cookies) and Polar Cave. We must be on the latter’s “Best 500” list.

Made rhubarb sauce yesterday.

The truck has been leaking coolant and has been running hot. It’s going in for a checkup on Tuesday, but this puts a crimp in transfer station plans.

Ron has been trying to check the alternator in this van. Not sure why he refuses to ask for help: bs.

Hungry

I’ve lost 22 pounds since coronapocalypse began in earnest, early March.

It was relatively easy for the first month, but by week 10, it was getting harder, and now in week 11, I’m hungry almost all the time.

I’ve kept to a calorie count of around 1200 per day, sometimes less. NOOM recommends restricting what they call “red” foods, which includes oils and nuts, which is actually more difficult than calorie counting alone, especially being veg.

According to the NIH, I “should” lose another 21 pounds to have a “healthy” BMI, and that’s at the top of the range. I’m not sure that kind of sustained weight loss is realistic.

I started this because I don’t want to put unnecessary strain on my STAR ankle replacement. Over time, it’s become part of not feeling unworthy and less than everyone else. I have a new goal, to stop worrying about what other people think of me. I’m trying to forgive myself for past errors and embarrassments.

Ron and I have been walking between a mile and a half and two miles a day. The walks have given us an incentive to explore the many Upper Cape conservation areas, both public and private.

Sprayed Roses; Shallow Pond

Insects are starting to attack, so I Dead-Bugged them yesterday evening.

Light rain this morning, ended early.

Fine walk yesterday at Shallow Pond Woodlands. Enough hills to be a bit aerobic, and the winding trail could have come from a Sierra Club brochure.

I washed out a couple of buckets and the truck. Did a little more edging of the tulip bed, which had been packed with grass.

Investigated a charge for an AARP supplemental medical policy for Ron that pays him for hospital stays and also reviewed the hospital deductible for his medical plan. Decided to keep the AARP coverage.

Squared him away on his reimbursements from Cal for medical premiums.

A Fine Walk; Lawn

I mowed, dethatched, fertilized and watered the front, Ron tuned up the spreader and mowed the back. A hummer visited briefly to enjoy the sprinkler.

We had a fine walk yesterday and as we were heading back, had a chance to talk with some riders from Waquoit.

Returned the acetone to Walmart.

Recap

We skipped yesterday but did hikes the two days before, one at the Canal and the other at Bartolomei Conservation Area.

I picked up overpriced plants in Woods Hole yesterday and produce at Coonamessett and Pariah Dog Farms.

Planted the lettuce and kale and transplanted herbs that were growing in the new strawberry patch which, incidentally, has flowers.

Spotted the first asparagus!

New watering system is working well except in the front yard. I’ve been using it on manual, with success.

Had a chat with Cathy yesterday in her parking lot!

Cindy’s son got married!

Ron’s Birthday

Ron insisted that he didn’t want to eat out or spend money for his birthday, so I put together a shelter-in-place party für zwei: a burrito bar from on-hands and rice cooked this morning, purple and white alstroemeria and a piece of chocolate cake from Roche and a six pack of Dos Equis from Andy’s.

We’d hoped to do a walk but rain is predicted for late this afternoon, which also put a crimp in my plan to finish removing usable soil from the edging sod.

We got what was left to be done in the shed, put the good soil in one of the veg gardens and the weeds in the truck. I also cleaned up the truck bed a little. Ron watered my transplants by the stairs.