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Happy Independence Day, USA

Happy Independence Day, USA. We have no official fireworks celebration this year due to physical distancing. I am thankful, just the same, living in this country, with its wealth and freedom. Of course, no country is perfect. The USA still has a lot of promise, and I want to contribute to its fulfillment and the peaceful fix, however small.

Here's my gratitude list.

  • Toddler, Josiah, and Alayna are sporting their red and blue outfit on the 4th of July. For them, it's another day of play, enjoying the outdoors.
  • I continue to enjoy my patio garden, small and manageable for me. I haven't bought a bouquet of flowers for weeks.
  • I am thankful for the bees and butterflies in my new home. I didn't know that these insects play an active role in pollinating. Maybe I will have pumpkins this year and not just pumpkin flowers.
  • My vegetable scraps are growing tall, at least, a centimeter a day. The picture is a 5-day old picture with goldfish in the bottom-feeding the plants continuously with organic fertilizer. :) They're fun to watch while I'm doing the dishes.
  • I continue to have new tomato and eggplant flowers.
  • My herbs are happily producing many leaves. I just picked some cucumber, parsley, sage, mint, basil, and cilantro.
  • I have some netting around my vegetables. So far, I don't have uninvited creatures feasting on my patio garden leaves. I see squirrels and birds, but they don't go near my plants.
  • Spin wheels and scare-owls seem to do the trick on keeping some creatures away.
  • Paul's and my energy to work morning and afternoon yesterday, pruning and weeding. We filled ten lawn bags.
  • Garbage day today!

  • My new workspace with less clutter where I blog, do homework, and bills :(
  • Paul and I frequently eat out in the backyard. It's several "steps" away from eating from restaurants. We redefined the meaning of eating out.
  • The mature trees around the backyard replace camping for now.
  • Debriefing at work post-busy-COVID times. It feels good talking about our past struggles as front liners, our feelings, what we liked about the workflow, what worked, and how we can improve.
  • COVID census in the hospital continues to shrink.
Ten Things of Thankful

Comments

  1. Your garden sounds like it is doing great! I put some netting around my strawberries, but my vegetables aren't netted. So far, so good.
    Glad the numbers of COVID patients is shrinking at your hospital.

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  2. That looks like an orchid plant on your desk. For some reason my didn't bloom again this year. I'm not sure what it is I am not doing right.
    As for your pumpkin, here is a link that might be helpful. https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/pumpkin/hand-pollinate-pumpkins.htm#:~:text=Pumpkin%20Plant%20Pollination,-Before%20you%20panic&text=First%20off%2C%20pumpkins%2C%20like%20other,day%20and%20then%20fall%20off.
    If you do not have bees around doing their job, it seems I remember reading that you can take a Q-Tip and pollinate the blossoms. Some blossoms are male and the others are female, both on the same plant.
    It sounds like you got a lot of weeding done. Glad you both had the energy to do all that work!
    So glad the COVID numbers are going down in your area.

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