Finally, finally, I can officially announce that I'm done for the 2006-2007 academic school year!! After returning from San Antonio on Sunday, I returned to school for two days of rather meaningless "in-service" days. Fatigue from the week in SA along with the adjustment from total immersion into the world of latino life posed some challenges for me. With the two days of office time now behind me, I can begin to settle in for the summer...WHHOOPPEE !!!!!
Despite a severe drought that has the grass as brown and crunchy as it normally is at the end of August, flora and fauna around the farm are doing well (as my water bill can attest). I don't have anything at the moment in spectacular bloom since I started all my flowers from seed this year, but I anticipate lots of color and flowers in the next couple of weeks. When the lilies, gladiolas, zinnias, sunflowers, daturas, and dahlias open, I'll be a very happy camper!!!
I'm enjoying lots of good lettuce, spinach, kale, collards, and onions from the upper beds. The garden below the barn is catching hold despite its tremendous thirst for at least three or more good days of soaking rain. There are grapes on the grapevines (Yeah! My pruning efforts have paid off!), and little tiny peppers are forming on the pepper plants. I know that I will not be able to take care of the quantity of veggies that my beds and garden could potentially produce, but the real pleasure for me is to get my hands in the Earth, my feet good and dirty, and my body slathered in a good, farm-smell producing sweat. Weeding the corn and bean rows this morning felt really therapeutic!
I'll be posting lots of photos of farm progress as soon as I get to the camera. For now, I'm off to my acupuncture treatment and then I might just come home and take it easy! After all, as Eliza used to always announce, "I'm on vee-cation!!"