There you go, Mr. P.! Clothes hung on the line. It was a perfect day for it. A sight that always cheers me.
Mr. Moon did get home last night around 1:30 a.m. He came in and kissed me and then he took his shower and came back to bed and before I knew it, he was not-quite-snoring but definitely asleep. And then he got up before I did this morning because that's the way he is. There was work to be done and only so many hours to do it.
I started laundry and got dressed for my walk. I drove to the park with trails fairly close to my house and got out of my car and began my trudging. I immediately realized that there was no real sense to the trails and I wondered if I would get lost.
Here's what the map looks like.
I think I may have walked most of those but who knows? I did find myself back at the beginning several times. I can't read a map for shit and I have no sense of direction so it was all quite mysterious for me. I did follow the trail that parallels the railroad track for awhile and I did find this small body of water.
That part of the trail system was in the woods and it was quite beautiful. Very old oaks, twisted and gnarled, their trunks dark against the sky. Fallen limbs were covered with bright green velvet moss and I enjoyed that.
But a lot of it was just very wide paths cut through what was probably pasture land and it was in full sun and although there may have been some interesting things to see, I must have missed them all.
I saw one other person. Another woman and she was huffing and puffing and as red as I probably was. For all I know she was on her fourteenth lap around the park. I used the Map My Walk app on my phone and did a little more than three miles and called it quits and somehow found my way back to where my car was parked. I got in and drove home and decided that I'd much rather walk Farm Road or White House Road, even with cars and pavement.
But it was good to try something new.
I had a case of the I-Suck's today. No idea why. It was just one of those days where I woke up feeling totally inadequate in all ways. The spider webs in my house seemed to be outlined in neon, the invasive plants in my yard glowed as if lit by the light from a rogue nuclear power plant. Ants in the cat food bowl. Chicken poop in the kitchen. Mold. Mildew. Bamboo growing up in the camellia bed. Green Acres, in other words although I am no Eva Gabor. Not in any way, shape or form.
Especially shape or form.
Which is a whole other part of the I-Suck headset.
I had thought that the walk would help with all of that but it didn't. I faced the fact that this is just the way some days are and put on my garden shoes and gloves and cleaned out the hen house and got fresh water for the chickens and then started raking leaves and hauling them to the garden for mulch. I didn't get a whole lot done but I did get the area with the tomatoes and peppers and eggplants nicely covered which will help with weeds and moisture retention.
I just went out to turn the sprinklers off and look what the setting sun is doing to the almost-spent lettuces.
There you have the stained-glass windows of my garden church.
I picked a few and they will be part of our supper.
I feel better.
And now off to cook supper for two. Life goes on. I may indeed suck but it's not the end of the world if I do.
Much love...Ms. Moon