Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Back again

Today I'm pretty happy and content overall. Still recovering from the gall bladder removal,of course and getting over the head cold that seemed to land on David and I both with a vengeance while we were at Home Depot this weekend getting mulch. More than anything, though, I'm all awash with ideas for the gardens (in all their plurality). Not able to get out and till the earth or walk the land while i recovered, i got out the pencil and graph paper and designed two new garden plots and expanded the existing vegetable plot (as we seem to do each year). David likes the designs enough that they seem to be worth the labor required, and we are talking quite a bit about what we are doing this year to the land. I'm liking the planning and looking forward to the putting into place part. There are some new, lovely and quite fragrant roses out back, and a picket fence on the way. I couldn't ask for a better way to spend Mother's Day than gardening. Honest.

At Home Depot we also picked up some fence posts and 2x4 for making some fences-as-screens and a grape trellis. We scheduled the delivery of a ton of lime and I can't wait for it to arrive this weekend. We decided on a tandem load of topsoil to be delivered as well, and haven't quite figured out the date on that beyond "soon." It would be nice to have that this weekend as well, and just give ourselves over to the front yard and fields. Even small projects are making a big impression on me, and we are planning more and more of the year ahead with an eye toward living there forever together, and not just what needs to be done maintenance-wise.

Just finished Stephanie Meyer's Twilight which is the first in a series, and is a high school girl-falls-in-love-with-compelling-dangerous-boy (who-is-actually-a-vampire (but-it's-okay-he's-one-of-the-good-guys)). I'm not certain I'm interested in reading the rest of the series, especially after having recently been spoiled on the great voice and craft of Richard Matheson in I Am Legend and Earthbound. Now those were some good otherworldly books. David read I Am Legend while I was reading Twilight and one night at bedtime I asked him "How are your vampires?" and he laughed. It's good to feel like a couple again, in a lot of different, little, but significant ways. Now that we have both finished the book version, we are looking forward to watching Will Smith in the movie adaptation of Matheson's vampires, and I'm hoping that Netflix delivers it for this weekend.

Note: the month off absence? Gall bladder issues starting April twelfth, incorrectly diagnosed by the same Emergency Room doctor not once but twice (despite being accurately identified by the urgent care doctors both times and an ER follow-up physician) which was finally removed on the twenty-third. The past four weeks have been a blur. It's good to be back. Mostly, it's good to be able to laugh again. Goodness, but that was difficult.