Goodbye Snow, Hello Mud

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It was a beautiful warm day today. It dried up the yard a bit, but I still squished into the mud as I walked on the high ground to my car. My socks got wet. I am a big wuss with no wellies, so I did no yard work. There is so much to do outside, there is so much to do inside too. I am overwhelmed. I get burned out easily. I have been working many hours on my ebay, so other things got behind. Tomorrow is the day my son has a counseling appointment, followed by his group meeting, so I will be gone for hours. It should still be daylight when we get home.

My yard actually gets this wet in the summer too. That is why I need raised beds or a container garden. I have just a few more days to payday, so I won’t be getting anything new for my garden this year. My bills are growing exponentially. I was not prepared to live on a fixed income. My whole life was paycheck to paycheck, being disabled just makes the paychecks further apart.

I am eating all the bits and pieces of food in the fridge that get overlooked when something easier and more appetizing is around. Yesterday I used pizza dough I made from scratch and a can of cherry pie filling that was at least a year old, and made cherry calzones. They were yummy. Tonight I used the eggs that became frozen by leaving out all day to thaw, I whipped them and then mixed them into my cornbread recipe and instead of baking I made griddle cakes. My oven is not working, because my electricity needs to be repaired. I finished off my daughters homemade apple butter by cutting bite size griddle cake pieces and mopping up the jar. It was much easier than trying to scrape it out with a utensil one handed. There was only a little left, so I moved on to the amazing raspberry spreadable fruit that I bought when I received much more food stamps. I spread that on and ate until I was finally full. I pig out when I am hungry, in case you did not know. I have enough left over for breakfast and maybe another partial meal. Tomorrow I will most likely go back to pasta. It was on sale a few weeks ago, so we have had that often. My son likes it plain, I love sauce and veggies. I am out of veggies so I might buy some tomorrow with some of my ebay money I transferred over. Once again, if I did not sell anything we would be without food the last week or two. I also have not driven anywhere to conserve my gas so we can make my son’s appointment tomorrow.

I should have taken a walk in the road today, but I felt like a skank. I have not showered in two days because of the drainage problems. ¬†When I went to take a shower today, I realized that the hot water heater must have flooded out the pilot light. I was not courageous enough to try to light it today, but I will be desperate tomorrow. Gas lighting scares me. I guess there is a good chance I won’t blow up, but I would like that chance to be zero. I need hot water to shower and wash dishes. Princesses or Queens should not have to deal with such mundane details. I was a princess in my past life, and should be a queen in this one. I guess I have to be queen of getting stuff done.

Green Soggy Green

IMG_9103I never cleaned up in the fall to get ready for Winter. Big mistake. There was never a break of good weather once the snow started to put away my iron based table and iron chairs, my pots under cover, or even my hose away. Lesson learned terra cotta splits when it is frozen too many times. Hopefully things will dry up a bit so I can clean up this week.