So I’ve been putting this off for about a week, but I’ve been enjoying a day of handicrafts and gardening, and now I have a few minutes, I figured I’d rather be blogging than catching up on the last of my data entry work (big surprise), so – partially in the name of procrastination – I’m blogging.
Raspberry Moon – blue moon that it was – has crested and is well on its way out, as we head towards Apple Moon (and, yes, there are already apples – sweet ones, and crabs – ripe and ready for picking around town, so the name definitely fits). I’ve been harvesting raspberries off the bushes in the alley a few times, and it’s still producing (thank you, Everbearing Varieties…) although it’ll probably be mostly done a month from now.
I’m getting lots of chard, still a fair bit of kale, and heaps of lovely, tiny tomatoes from my garden. Less-so the zucchini or winter squash, alas, and no cucumbers to speak of. My neighbour – who is a hell of a prolific gardening – gave me a bag of them in exchange for a few branches worth of mustard seed come October, but that’s all we’ve got. (Good thing I wanted to make dilly beans this year, instead of pickled cukes, isn’t it?) Sadly, my plan to find out how much I could cultivate in two 4’x8’x1′ raised beds is… turning out to be Not That Much.
At least not this year. (I’m definitely learning a thing or two, though, which will hopefully help me out when I’m getting the garden ready for next year).
As far as all of the “is this gonna work out” stuff that I mentioned back at the beginning of this lunar cycle… Things are still up in the air, to a degree, but they’re looking pretty goo from this angle. (We’ll see how/if things settle in September, mind you). My wife is set up enough in her new shop that she can do production, so she’s cranking things out like there’s no tomorrow – partly because: Self Employment, but also because she’s got things she needs to get caught up on for people. So that seems to be going well. My casual-hours job is ticking along nicely, and I hope they continue to be happy with my work. We shall see, since the next batch of it is due tomorrow around lunch time. Things are still kind of up in the air for our girlfriend, but at least her girl is home and safe, and they’ve started Phase One of setting up house together, which is good.
The past two weeks ahve beena big learning curve for me. I did a tarot reading just after Lammas, to see what’s up and what’s coming next, and what I came up with was a lot of Fire cards – some sort of big, transformative breakthrough-type-thing having to do with passion, creativity, and/or personal power. Not sure which it is (although I have Theories, especially given the past week or so), but given how intertwined those things are for me, it could be All Of The Above.
Hopefully time will tell, and I’ll have good things to show for it, no matter what. 🙂
Onwards to Apple Moon!
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 Although I’d hazard a good $120+ worth of food, so far, and that’s a conservative estimate – If I can keep that up for another 4 months – iffy, but possible – I’ll have “grown back” the cost of the soil I planted my food in… It still doesn’t cover the cost of the plant starts, but it’s a LOT closer than I was expecting, given the lack of cucumbers and zucchini, and the unlikelihood of winter squash, going on.
 Okay, less a “Break through” and more an intense but slightly slower process of moving from one set of attitudes to another… Not a lightning bolt of understanding, but a “getting the hang of things” situation where I leave behind some messed up thinking/feeeeeeeelings and move towards a more secure headspace. Or something.
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