Happy Independence Day, USA. We have no official fireworks celebration this year due to physical distancing. I am thankful, just the same, living in this country, with its wealth and freedom. Of course, no country is perfect. The USA still has a lot of promise, and I want to contribute to its fulfillment and the peaceful fix, however small.
Here's my gratitude list.
- Toddler, Josiah, and Alayna are sporting their red and blue outfit on the 4th of July. For them, it's another day of play, enjoying the outdoors.
- I continue to enjoy my patio garden, small and manageable for me. I haven't bought a bouquet of flowers for weeks.
- I am thankful for the bees and butterflies in my new home. I didn't know that these insects play an active role in pollinating. Maybe I will have pumpkins this year and not just pumpkin flowers.
- My vegetable scraps are growing tall, at least, a centimeter a day. The picture is a 5-day old picture with goldfish in the bottom-feeding the plants continuously with organic fertilizer. :) They're fun to watch while I'm doing the dishes.
- I continue to have new tomato and eggplant flowers.
- My herbs are happily producing many leaves. I just picked some cucumber, parsley, sage, mint, basil, and cilantro.
- I have some netting around my vegetables. So far, I don't have uninvited creatures feasting on my patio garden leaves. I see squirrels and birds, but they don't go near my plants.
- Spin wheels and scare-owls seem to do the trick on keeping some creatures away.
- Paul's and my energy to work morning and afternoon yesterday, pruning and weeding. We filled ten lawn bags.
- Garbage day today!
- My new workspace with less clutter where I blog, do homework, and bills :(
- Paul and I frequently eat out in the backyard. It's several "steps" away from eating from restaurants. We redefined the meaning of eating out.
- The mature trees around the backyard replace camping for now.
- Debriefing at work post-busy-COVID times. It feels good talking about our past struggles as front liners, our feelings, what we liked about the workflow, what worked, and how we can improve.
- COVID census in the hospital continues to shrink.