“Everything’s not going to go perfect. You’re going to have some losses that you’re going to have to bounce back from and some things that are a little unforeseen that you’re going to have to deal with.”
“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”
― Lao Tzu
(a sad sight in the garden / Julie Cook / 2014)
You’ve got to know when to hold ’em
Know when to fold ’em
Know when to walk away
Know when to run
Now I’m no gambler mind you. . . but the lyrics to that song certainly sum up my attitude right about now.
Plus, you may not have noticed– but there is a bit of change in the air.
Do you hear it?
The drums, do you hear the drums?
Yes, drums, as in the high school is having band camp. . .I hear the band practicing way off in the distance.
“Ohhhh, those kinds of drums. . .”
That means only one thing. . . .
“Football season is getting ready to start?”
A shift in seasons.
“But it’s only July 15th for heavens sake. . .the middle of Summer!!”
Ahhh perhaps so, but try telling the school systems around this country that it’s just the middle of summer.
In just a few short weeks teachers will begin reporting back for duty.
Football camps will be soon be underway.
The back to school sales are already gearing up.
Change is in the air.
And with that change comes a bit of resignation on my part.
Did you notice that corn cob picture at the start of today’s post?
Here’s another one just incase you missed the first one.
You must know that I have been dealt a one two punch.
The deer and raccoons are back, each night in the garden, with a maddening vengeance.
Seems they have grown accustomed to the scent of a Guerlain doused scarecrow and the heavy scent of Irish Spring soap lining the garden.
The deer have trampled down the corn.
The trampling came as a result of the deer obviously racing willy nilly to eat off the tops of the beans, the peppers, the okra, the eggplants, the peas. . .even the cucumbers.
Pigs won’t eat cucumbers!
What’s wrong with these animals??!!
My husband has an ominous and foreboding sense that this is all a sign.
“A sign of what, hungry animals?”
Yes, as in gearing up for a harsh winter to be. . .
On top of the animals, Mother Nature has been a bit selfish as of late with her water supply as we’ve had weeks without rain. Passing summer showers have been a hit or a miss. Even this latest “cold front,” which brought flooding rains to parts of the Nation, delivered not even a drop to our yard. To water this size garden properly, night after night, would mean our paying the county a small fortune.
We’ve done what we can and simply hoped for the best.
The coup de grâce has now been dealt- – – the current attack of the fire ants, slugs, worms, caterpillars, as well as the other creepy crawlies, who are laying claim to my succulent vegetables, is proving to be a fatal blow.
I waged a valiant fight.
I was determined.
I was persistant.
Yet I was outgunned and out maneuvered.
I did not give up nor give in.
I kept going.
But. . . .
It is time.
Wisdom in life comes from knowing when when is when.
When it is time. . .
when it is enough . . .
and that when, is now. . .
“It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.”
Now when did you say college football kicks off. . .
I hate it Julie!! Love the words you have written expressing your battles. I have decided to put up an electric fence next spring around my grape vines to keep the deer and raccoons out. Hope they don’t get the tomatoes.
Oh surely they are not starting up football practice already!!! And bless your heart, the beasties are definitely ravaging your garden. I’m so sorry. Maybe you should think about putting an electric fence around your vegetable garden too. I pray that you get some rain soon. We got a half inch on Monday and have a 100% chance for more tomorrow, but I’ll believe that when I see it. It is after all July in Texas. Hugs and iove, N 🙂