I got my Mac and my phone talking again and so am able to post the pictures of Halloween from Hank and Rachel and Lily that I got.
I just love this picture of Rachel. She and Hank did a whole thing for Halloween, setting up outside for candy-giving and even having a little fire to roast hotdogs and marshmallows.
Lily's kids look amazing although I really have no knowledge of what or who their costumes represent. Gibson and Owen are Fortnite characters, and if I knew anything about Fortnite I'm sure I would understand.
And Magnolia June is a ladybug who is some sort of action girl on a show.
Whatever. She's adorable.
And now Halloween is well and truly over except for leftover candy. I hope that August remembers to save me an Almond Joy if he gets one.
I had what I felt like what was a very productive day and that should be a joke but it's sort of not. My productivity bar is set remarkably low. I called the Jefferson County health department about getting my Moderna booster and they had appointments for this afternoon and so I went and got one. Easy and fine although they did make me wait for half an hour in the seating area because I am allergic to sulfa drugs. They even gave me a little timer thing which was quite thoughtful.
The weather here is so beautiful right now that I have wanted to be outside and this morning before I went to Monticello for my shot, I hung the laundry on the line and watered the porch plants and filled up two empty pots with potting soil. In one I planted my many rooted sprigs of Swedish Ivy and the other is in wait for my banyon rootling that I have going. It just needs another week or two before I feel the new roots are established enough to stick in dirt.
I got out in the garden for a bit of what I think of as "tweezer-weeding," pulling the tiniest of weeds from around the new seedlings. Definitely not a very physically challenging activity. It was so nice to be out in the coolish air, surrounded by the new growing things.
As you can see, my little tiger wanted to be outside too. Those zinnias are volunteers, seeded from the ones that we planted in spring. The volunteers are always smaller for whatever reason, but are still so vibrant. I just could not bring myself to pull that little patch of them.
And then...AND THEN! I did a little bit of thinning. Every year I swear and vow and declare that I will be a ruthless thinner of my greens and lettuces, broccoli and cabbage. And then I get on my knees, my thumb and forefinger posed above the little plants, the little, tiny growing green sprouts of life...and I just have a terrible time doing it. But I comfort myself, knowing that it's okay to do it in stages, using the ones I do cull to add to salads. And tonight will be the night we eat our first salad with these mini-micros in it.
The large leaves are mustard green leaves, plucked from a few of the plants I bought a few weeks ago. There is also basil in there along with some arugula, and an assortment of lettuces.
I am pretty darn excited.
So now I'm waiting to see if I get much of a reaction from this booster. My arm is suddenly sore and I guess I'll be feeling it more tomorrow if at all. I very much want to get the shingles vaccine and the side-effects from it sound rather brutal but from what I've seen in people who get shingles, the side-effects sound like a much better alternative. And I need to get my flu shot too. It's a little weird to try and figure out when it will be most convenient to feel like shit for a few days.
This is why they make ibuprofen and frozen chicken pot pies, right?
Meanwhile, we're having leftovers and salad tonight. Salad that will bite us back a little with the arugula and mustards.
I can't wait.