Spring is almost here! I can hardly wait until the weather starts getting warmer and sunnier. The dreary, dark gray, wool blanket of sky that has taken up residence for oh so long has become obnoxious to see every day and I am more than ready to kick that blanket to the floor, throw on some shorts and a tank top, and get some gardening done.
One huge benefit to the continual downpour is that it is giving all my bulbs and perennials much-needed water, indicating to them that it is time to start growing, again. YAY! My catnip, lemon balm, hollyhock, wild bergamot, peppermint, and feverfew are all getting little, green, leafy slippers on (ok. the bergamot’s slippers are more of a deep purple), and I have tulip noses poking through the ground. It’s exciting!!
There is so much weeding to do, but I have absolutely no desire to go kneel in the puddling ground to pull them. I know I will eventually not care about the wetness and will find myself out there beautifying the growing areas so the show stoppers can do their thing, but, right now, no, no way. Come on, Spring!!
Speaking of gardening, have you seen/heard of Garden Genie gloves?!? These gloves look so cool and absolutely perfect for me.
I think I am going to need to get me some of these. If you go to the Garden Genie gloves site, you’ll find the best price (two pairs, $10 + $6.99 p&h per pair). Sure, you’re paying shipping twice, but it still is the best deal I’ve found so far. Unfortunately, as of this moment, when I click on the order button, nothing happens. I’ve contacted their customer service about this and am sure I will hear back from them soon. (as I was only trying to verify the deal, I’m not too upset about the order button not working. I’m sure it will be by the time I’m ready to place my order, whenever that happens to be)
I’ve been running headlong into whatever work I can find. So far, it’s kept us alive and bills are being paid (mostly. payment arrangements have been made on some), though it is not leaving much left, if anything, to feel like there is a little bit of a cushion. In my world, $20 is a little bit of a cushion. I’m grateful for at least being able to cover what I am, though maybe not so happy about the stress level of chasing it down.
I’ve been doing some cleaning, though that has been up north, so it’s a lot of driving. I’ve also been helping with a lead paint abatement…a lot of scraping, Tyvek suit, respirator, gloves…and the repainting of the exterior of a house, which we are doing by hand (brush and roll) since, with the weather, we are doing one side of the house at a time. It’s been a while since I’ve painted much of anything and am finding that, though I can still paint really well, my hands and wrists are not so happy with long-term holding of a paint brush, especially my left wrist. At least its work, money coming in. I’m not really being too picky about what I am doing for work…something is always better than nothing.
With the higher level of stress due to chasing down that next thing that will bring more money in and the approach of Spring, I am finding myself in kind of a weird funk. It’s not really depression, though I know there is part of that included. A lot of anxiety, sure, but I also seem to be in a zone of searching. What am I searching for? Well, a lot of things, such as a better way to make money, better ways to promote Dog & Den, better ways to juggle money so each penny goes farther, better ways of doing TONS of things. This seems to be a Spring thing I go through, with small variations each year.
The one thing that is really different this year with my Spring crazies….they don’t seem to really be making me crazy. Yes, I’m stressed, many times riddled with anxiety, but I don’t feel like its all too much. I guess I just don’t feel like I’m drowning and the difficult feelings over the finances at the moment aren’t seeping into everything else. This is a really great thing. I guess I’m growing up. 😉
Well, I’m off to go see what I can hustle up for today. Have a great day, Everyone!!