That’s pretty much what I’ve been up to the last few days, watering the new plants we put in and writing my next Big Lake book.
As I said in a blog the other day, our yard guy didn’t realize the perennial peanut plants we put in were supposed to be there. He thought they were weeds already popping through the pine straw we put down and chopped some of them up with his weed eater. When I told him what he had done, he felt terrible about it. But it’s no big deal, mistakes happen. As I always told my employees in the newspaper business and the guys in my squad in the Army, it’s okay if you make mistakes. Just try not to make the same one again tomorrow. Surprise me with something different once in a while.
After finding the plants all chopped up like they were, I called Lindley’s Garden Center in New Smyrna Beach, where we purchased them, and talked to one of the people there, asking for advice. She said the plants are very hardy, and as long as the roots were not damaged she was pretty sure they will come all the way back. She said to keep watering them and give them some time, and she thought we might be surprised at the results. So that’s what I’ve been doing.
I wrote the other day about using two hoses with simple sprinkler heads on them, and it’s made the watering much easier. I put one near the west end of the newly planted 8×40’ area and one a little more towards the center and let them run for an hour. Then I move them down so one is at the east end and the other is between there and the center, and run for another hour, and it seems to work out very well. The lady at the garden center said that as long as I could stick my finger through the pine straw and into the dirt to my second knuckle and pull out damp earth, we’re okay. I can actually get my finger all the way into the ground and come out with damp earth, so I guess we’re doing something right.
I’m almost 14,000 words into my new Big Lake book, and it’s rolling right along. This series and my John Lee Quarrels series usually go a lot faster than the Tinder Street historical family saga books because there is not as much research to do. I will definitely have this one out before Christmas, and hopefully I’ll be deep into another John Lee book by the first of the year. And then it’s back to Tinder Street again.
While I was doing all of that, Terry got some paperwork out of the way, then made a breakthrough in some weaving research she’s been doing. She joined an online weaving guild and downloaded several weaving videos a while back and said they have shown her a lot of new techniques. She’s very excited about trying them out, but that didn’t stop her from also making amazing shrimp chimichangas for dinner. I said they were amazing, but that was really an understatement. They were sinfully delicious.
We always spend a couple of hours watching television together after dinner. With nothing new airing due to COVID, we discovered Secrets of the Zoo, and since we are animal lovers, we decided to give it a try. We were quickly hooked, and there are a lot of old episodes available, as well as some new ones coming out. We are enjoying them immensely.
Today is the more of the same, writing and watering. I know, I live a pretty boring life, don’t I? But at least I eat well!
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Thought For The Day – After all these months stuck at home, the dog is looking at me like, “See? This is why I chew the furniture!”