Since I'm not quite divorced from politics I thought I'd share what I've been learning because we're on a fixed income. No Social Security increase because there is no inflation is a crock. Don't the economists ever buy food or gas or pay their utility bills? Probably not. They probably have "people" who do it for them.
Not so with us. We buy our own groceries and are always wondering how we can eat healthy when all we can afford is junk. One remedy is to plant a garden.
The last gardening I remember was when as a youngster we had a victory garden during WWII. Reminiscing about gardens from years past we decided to try our hand with peas and carrots, among other things. Have you ever seen a carrot seed? I have to wear my reading glasses to even see them whats more plant one to a hole. Last year I harvested them in clumps. This year was better; I used tweezers while planting.
We had better luck with peas. Remember shelling them? We did and decided to put a modern slant on the chore. We fixed a plate of hors d'oeuvres, opened a bottle of wine and settled in on the front porch - ate, drank and shelled peas. Actually it was a very pleasant evening.
The problem with gardening for two is there is always too much. Unless you're into canning and such. I'm not going that far. Now it's time for creative meals so nothing goes to waste.
I'm also learning a lot about trees. We had what we thought was a crabapple blow over in a windstorm years ago. It regrew and I've been wondering if it would produce fruit. While mowing around it recently I found an apple at its base. Looking up into the tree sure enough there were several. Odd since I never saw spring blossoms, but apples never the less. Golden Delicious I think. Who knew?
Another tree which I thought was a Dogwood is bearing fruit this year and insanely long thorns. After some research I find it's a Hawthorn. If I can figure out to make tea from the fruit it should help with my blood pressure issues or so my research into what kind of tree it is tells me.
Actually I'm learning a lot and having fun at it. At least we're getting fresh fruit and vegetables. It would be nice if we got a bit more social security so we could splurge now and then. Maybe during the next administration. HaHahahahahahaha!