No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that's our real disaster." ~ Dalai Lama
So maybe you've been wondering where I've been? Maybe not. Maybe you're getting used to me being gone for periods of time and don't think a thing about it? Well. Here I am, none the worse for wear. It's been a long and crazy week and a half, so I'm here to update you on the goings-on around here.
I've had some time on my hands (more about that later), so we finally got this done:
|The gate was done a few months ago, but we just now finished the lattice fence on each side.|
|Can you see the wine bottle "fence" there on the left? We drink wine fairly regularly, but it took over a year to save up all those bottles!|
The raised beds we put in for the veggie garden seem to be doing the trick - we have a stellar harvest in store for us this year:
|Three tomato plants. Right now they each have about three dozen tomatoes on them - and that doesn't include the flowers.|
|Swiss Chard. Two more weeks for the first harvest, then there should be another harvest 2 months later!|
|Yep. That's a baby sized zuchini right there. I'm doing a happy dance, because this is the first year, in this house, that I've been able to get anything from my zuchini.|
|Peppers. Lots of them. Lots of different kinds.|
We had a toad orgy in the pond and the first Water Lily bloom - both on the same day:
|You can't see the toads in this picture and you should be happy about that. It's pretty gross. There are hundreds of them with lots of 3 on 1 action, and they make a horrible racket. I don't think the fish approve, either.|
And probably most importantly, but far and away not the best thing to happen recently - I got laid off. I guess technically I'm not laid off, because I worked freelance (under contract - therefore no unemployment - sad face), but it was completely economically driven. The company hit a real, big bump in the road, in terms of sales, about six months ago and they haven't recovered yet. My boss thought he'd be able to get it righted, but it will take months (maybe longer), and I can't wait that long. Yep, it's kinda scary. But a couple of good things have happened because of it - my friends have circled around me, filling me with love, and caring, and positive thinking. I've always known I have these fabulous friends, but sometimes it takes something like this to remind me of just how wonderful they really are. And how lucky I am. I got a bit of a severence package, so I have a small amount of time to find something, but it's tough out there. Wish me luck on that, would ya?
The other good thing is I've had more time for all the things I love to do, including this:
|This pose is good for self confidence. There are times when I could definitely use more self confidence (now).|
|Seriously - there is nothing better than an inversion to clear your head.|
So, I'm spending my mornings online, connecting with people and looking for new opportunities, then from late afternoon on I'm in the garden or on my mat in class, clearing my head. I haven't actually looked for a job in a very long time. Most of the jobs I've had in my lifetime have been with or through people I know. By the way - were you all aware that 99% of jobs posted on Craigslist are scams? I found that out quickly.
I'll keep y'all posted!