What Kind of Plan is That

| 5/29/2014 9:50:00 AM

Tags: A Plan, Kitchen Garden, Sappa Creek, Fruit Trees, Mary Conley,

Mary ConleyDear friends,

I’m 72 and my husband, Larry, will also be 72 next month. A few years ago, I learned that when we get older, men start to lose their ability to hear higher tones, women’s voices, and women lose the ability to hear lower tones, men’s voices. That was the first time I remember saying, “What ... kind ... of ... a … plan ... is that?” It seemed to me that we had spent years melding into compatibility, somewhat, and now we had this new problem. Well, just take me out and shoot me. That, dear friends, has become another of my little expressions.

Now, I find I’m often saying, “What kind of plan is that?” I say it often, because it often fits! Have you noticed such things? You don’t need to go into serious world problems, but just everyday situations around you. Example: Our little farm is in a drought area. We were more than thankful last week when 2.7 inches of rain gently fell within a 36-hour period. However, just a little farther away, they got 7 inches and it washed away a small bridge, etc. What kind of plan is that? I would have given them 1 inch a week for seven weeks or saved a couple for July or August.


Notice our swing floating in the water in Sappa Creek along the edge of our property. It is normally a shallow spring-fed stream, but it rose drastically to nearly 10 feet from all the rain nearby.

Then there is the garden. You buy the seeds, do the work, and the bugs come and eat it. What kind of plan is that?

6/2/2014 9:07:44 AM

Mary, I'm sure many of my friends are thinking that same phrase when I'm telling about my bizarre plans for the gardens that I am building. They have come to just except that I don't do normal things. As they spy into the back yard and read my blog posts, I expect they are shaking their heads back and forth in utter lack of understanding of the weirdness going in my backyard. ***** I see the EPA has visited Terra Nova Gardens again. I saw evidence that they had taken some core samples about a month ago and now they came back and took core samples every square foot in the 90 by 60 foot area of the garden. My theory is that the were hoping to snag enough evidence to justify the need to replace the top soil with just a few samples but apparently that didn't work so now they did a full spread core sample in hopes to find the lead in the soil that they are looking for. I still have high hopes that they will not have to replace the soil. It'll be a real drag if they do. ***** We had a horrific wind storm blow through last night and power was off for about three hours. It rattled a few small sticks out of the sycamore tree in the front yard but other than that all is well. It flatten the potato plants but they will survive and knocked down the lettuce. All the caged plants like tomato and bell peppers made it through without damage. It's good that I didn't have the cucumbers out yet. All the potted plants waiting to be planted were in the back of my truck safely in the garage. Final rain gauge check was 1.6 inches here. It's a good start for June's rain average. ***** Have a great plan for today.

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