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One mother making ends meet and surviving today's recession by writing. One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Friday, May 17, 2013

Snapshots Gone Cynical ~ Having a "Martha" Day

I intended to take "happy" snapshots of my day, but as work proceeded, I became cynical.  Maybe I already was.  I spent the early hours planting a half-flat of purple salvias, watering everything from vegetable garden, to flower garden, herb garden and then pots.  I got more items out of the garden barn and so forth.  I had to drag about 300 feet of garden hose from one end of the property to the other.  I know it's good exercise, but blah, blah, blah.  This may be where my cynicism started. 

I continued to dig out flower pots and put them in the places, all ready for more planting.

Put another one up and filled it with soil and flower seeds, and had a few happy thoughts pop in my head (pretty flowers make me happy).

But then I looked at the one end of my herb garden - weeds.  They are all over the herb garden.

More weeds.  This time it's grass in the raised strawberry beds.  This is what happens when your Hubby tells your kids to blow the grass into the flower beds when they mow - "Blow it into the garden, it's great for it!"  Sure doesn't look "great" to me.

And the mower can't fit through all the raised beds, so I have to get out the trimmer and cut it all down that way.  

Martha isn't looking so well this season.  She needs a re-do.  She was barely standing up when I found her.  She was left out all winter.  Her clothes are tattered and sun bleached, her shirt is not tucked in, one sleeve is up and one is down, her wood is splitting, birds have pooped on her, her head is smooshed down, and her hat is looking worn out and torn up. 

Ever feel like you are having a "Martha" day?


Michelle said...

I had one of those the other day. Everything I touched fell apart. Hope your day gets better. On a good note it usually only last 24 hours. Then it's someone else turn.

Elizabeth Pollock said...

I am ashamed to admit that I have Martha Days rather too frequently
:( I know just how you are feeling about weeds everywhere and this darn slow start to flower season certainly isn't helping our moods one smidge!!! :D
Soon there will be flowers to make us smile, there just have to be!!!
Hugs and enjoy the weekend,
Beth P

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

ugh! I am trying to find positive things in your yard situation but I just stopped for a break from weeding and mulching and accomplishing less than half of what I expected to in the yard today. Hurting piggies are saying enough for now, but we so wanted to finish this today.

I did get a chuckle from Martha ~ she is looking even sadder than me ;)