Sometimes not having posted in a while becomes its own bar to restarting the writing process. My unannounced retreat from blogging began when two unexpected deaths coincided. My profoundly mentally and physically disabled cousin died the same day our cat Lucy was hit by a car. Needless to say, it was a tough time for us and for my extended family. The memorial service for my cousin took me out of state for a few days, and after that I just needed some downtime.
Left to my own devices I probably would have hibernated, but prior commitments meant that I've been consistently busy hosting and working with WWOOF volunteers through most of this month. Occupation is therapy of a sort, I realize, but it left little mental room for posting here. There's plenty to write about however. We've gotten some new critters and had the usual mix of successes and failures in the garden. I'm doing my best to shake off the summer garden blahs that seem to hit me every July. We're behind schedule with the biggest project of the year, the mini-hoop house. Deadlines for other projects are on the horizon as well. I blame it on the outrageous high temperatures we've had and my husband's heavy travel schedule for work. I beat back my garden doldrums enough to start new seedlings for the yet to be built hoop house, so we're going to have to knuckle down and get it built within the next month. Besides, the tomatoes are about to come in in earnest. Tomato crops give no quarter to the unmotivated nor the unprepared. So I'm going to have to get back on that horse.
While I've been neglecting my own blog, I've also been neglecting many of the blogs I usually read and profit from. I'm playing catchup with many of your blogs as time allows. I suspect next week I'll have time and space enough to do some catching up with my own posting. Hope summer is going well for all of you!
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