The last month and some change has been insane for both myself and my wife. The teacher walkout and protests at the state capitol caused the tail end of the school year to be compressed in a way that had my wife either lesson planning on the fly or grading mounds of paperwork each night. There were many weekends where she started work on Friday night then continued it through Saturday and Sunday and still had a bunch of stuff left over to do to carry over into the next week. My own life has been slight madness because stuff has been happening at work that initially did not effect me… but has triggered some musical chairs as folks change positions throughout the department. While we managed to get our backyard largely in functional order over spring break weekend, we held off on doing the flowers thing since we were expecting a few more freezes.
Finally it is time for “flowerbabies” as I ultimately refer to them. Tam gave me a bit of shit this weekend before the podcast saying something along the lines of “people will personify anything” but they are my babies. I water them and care for them and they bloom so pretty for the rest of the summer as a result. It becomes part of my morning routine of making sure they are happy and well and have sufficient moisture to keep them functioning. I’m a nurturing person and this year we have some amazing flowers that come from a bunch of different locations. We spent most of Saturday roaming around and looking at various options hitting I think ten different places before gathering up the plants that we wound up walking away with. Our backyard does not have a lot of natural spots for flower beds so instead we mostly do hanging baskets.
At some point I still need to treat all of the petunias for the nasty caterpillars we managed to get a few years back. I have the bacteria mixed up in a spray bottle so I can just mist them a few times during the season and hopefully everything will be good. It seemed to work last season and we did not have a repeat of the year when we had the pretty but damaging pink worms on all the flowers. In our travels we came across at least one cursed object in the form of these planters outside of a Walmart Neighborhood Market. There is just something about them that screams Walmart doesn’t it? I am not entirely sure why anyone would get these but if you can see from the display there are several missing. There is part of me that wants to buy one just to mess with my wife… but then I would ultimately end up taking care of a plant in this hideous shell because I could never bring myself to just let it die.
Apart from the backyard I spent a significant amount of time playing State of Decay 2 but didn’t feel like I had enough time this morning to do it justice. If you absolutely want to know my thoughts and feeling about the game right now… then I suggest you listen to this weekends AggroChat since I lead off with a discussion about what I like and dislike. I’m not going to go into much more detail here yet because I fully expect that tomorrows post will be my big “thoughts” piece about it.