Sunday Coffee – Oops

Hmm. It wasn’t my intention to disappear. I’d say I don’t really know what happened, except I do.

One: I haven’t really had much to talk about. Nothing in my life that I usually talk about here has had anything noteworthy come up, and my brain has been too preoccupied with other things to read or write.

Two: I’ve changed up my morning routine. It used to be that I’d get up, make coffee, and then spend some time going through my social media, email, and blog stuff as I woke up. Now, I get up, make coffee, and spend that time scanning through the overnight footage from the outdoor camera. That’s really where my brain has been the last few weeks: the feral colony.

I’m not going to go into a big thing of it again, since I just wrote about all that a few weeks ago. The biggest update we’ve had is that Lady Grey (or perhaps Lord Grey, right now we’re just assuming) has essentially declared this her home base. She comes by half a dozen times a day, spends time rolling around and bathing in the dirt piles behind the succulent garden, chases birds along the fence-line, and has generally declared this spot hers. She knows the feeding schedule, and is getting more and more comfortable in our yard. We’ve put out a shelter for rainy nights, and we hope she’ll take advantage of that soon. In the meantime, we’ve ordered a trap, but unfortunately, due to supply chain issues, it’ll take some time to arrive.

Another current preoccupation has been the garden. We’re right in the middle of planting season, and over the last few weeks, we’ve been planning, tilling, prepping the soil, and planting. The mistflower bed is now completely set. The nectarine garden has a few butterfly-attracting plants in it (like butterfly milkweed), we tied the honeysuckle up a cone trellis, and the rest of the soil was seeded with sun-loving wildflower seeds. We also moved the jessamine to a new location, as it wasn’t doing very well in the mistflower bed. We have a few more plants to acquire and get into the ground, plus we’re in the process of tilling and seeding the live oak garden. If we’re lucky, we’ll have time to make some raised veg beds on the side of the house, but I have a feeling that project will have to wait either until fall or next spring.

Lastly, I’ve been doing deep-dives into longterm health issues, looking back through journals, organizing information from the last eight years to help get some ideas about what else I can do. My mobility hasn’t been great this month – the good effects of the new medication seemed to taper off slightly after six weeks – so I’ve spent the time I’d normally spend in fitness doing this instead. It’s too early in the process for me to talk about anything I’ve found, but I have some hope.

Anyway, that’s where I’ve been. I’m not sure if/when I’ll start posting regularly again, but I’m at least going to try to touch base here on Sundays until I get back into a rhythm!

About Amanda

Agender empty-nester filling my time with cats, books, fitness, and photography. She/they.
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