News flash!!! The Good: V has finished his book!! Woo Hoo!!! He still has a little formating to do but the text is done. What a relief! Now, he will have time to do other things around the house and homestead. Yeah!! This has been such a stressor for both of us. I've been picking up lots of slack while he struggled to finish. So maybe now my days won't be quite so overloaded. Of course, he has now picked up another freelance project.
But also, I heard bad news today. Around lunchtime I got a page. It was Roger's nurse wondering if I could get away from what I was doing to come see him. He got some bad news. The infection in his foot has continued to spread, in spite of the IV antibiotics, and is into the bone. So, tomorrow morning, they will amputate a significant portion of his foot. He was not handling this well, as can be expected. It is a terrible blow for someone who has always been quite active and has a large garden planted. To make matters worse, his wife just got laid off her job so now they have no income. Talk about stressful. I'm going to try really, really hard to not complain about my lot in life... I've got absolutely nothing to complain about. Weeds- bah- who's going to complain about them now.
But one last bit of ugly ugly. I discovered the first Japanese Beetle of the year this afternoon while I was out weeding. I disposed of him or her quietly, no witnesses... I didn't get my peppers mulched- maybe tomorrow when J17 is home to help (She's working at the farmer's market this evening) I'm using that corn based mulching plastic stuff under the grass clippings (I discovered the hard way that it really needs mulch over it as just burying the edges like it says lets it blow away) and it is so flimsy that the slightest breeze is a problem. We got a good system worked out when we did the tomatoes. J17 and I put down the plastic stuff while the boys gather grass clippings, they we all scatter clippings.
I'll have to see if I can talk J17 into doing a bit more weeding tomorrow. I'm getting much, much closer to having a handle on the weeds in the garden. Then, to tackle the flower beds :) I've been working on my pre-party 'to do' list. hahahahahaha....... I must be delusional to think I'll get it all done.