Yesterday when watering I noticed that some of the zinnias are beginning to turn brown. Do the blooms just do this after after a week or so? Or is this the effect of the sun and heat?
I don’t know of any blooms that look good for very long. Thankfully I’ve planted the new seeds. I need colorful blooms in my life!
Yesterday around 5 p.m. I decided to clean my apartment. This means dusting after I’ve straightened up. I’ve begun to just use a wet dish rag so as to not send dust flying into the air because of Charlie and his coughing.
I usually clean the French doors. Then I vacuum and mop. I also clean the bathroom and change the sheets. I read that changing the sheets every week is important with pets like Charlie who struggle with respiratory problems.
In the summer, I tend to put a fitted sheet on the bed. Then I add a blanket on top, and then another somewhat smaller blanket on top of that. I like to sleep on the blanket and cover myself with the top blanket.
Charlie sleeps at the end of the bed and likes the soft blanket as well.
The wonderful thing about small space living is that it doesn’t take long to clean. All told it takes me about an hour from beginning to end.
Ivy loves her two new furry mouse toys. She tosses one up in the air and then runs after it as though it’s getting away. She flips her whole body over it and makes all manner of strange moves in regard to her mouse toy.
I suppose this is honing her prey skills and it is predetermined at birth.
I’ve never seen a cat love a bath tub like Ivy does. She likes to take her toys in the bathtub and toss them about. Maybe she likes the coolness of the tub. But then she loved the tub in winter as well.
I also brush Ivy in the tub. That keeps the fur somewhat contained. When she sees me get the brush she runs and jumps in the tub. I use a brush with silver spikes, and I suppose she likes how it feels.
The heat makes me listless. I keep thinking I might like to start a new project. Then I think about the heat and reconsider. Which means I get nothing much done.
My neck is somewhat better after all the physical therapy. But really my hand pain is determined by how much I use my hands. And for heaven’s sake how many times do you use your hands a day?
If I use my hands to do things like dig or clean, they are just going to hurt and that’s pretty much all there is to it. Arthritis has settled into the joints.
The other day at PT we decided I wouldn’t make a new appointment, as I was using up my yearly insurance quota of visits. She told me just do what you can as long as you can.
Pain is something you just learn to live with. Growing older and dealing with arthritis is just part of life. With decades of use and injuries, eventually if you’re dealing with a joint it’s going to get arthritic and painful.
One of you sent me a link to an article on how to keep your garden going through the heat. And one of the suggestions was not to cut everything back, which I’ve unfortunately already done.
The lemon balm and mint will spring back. Maybe not until cooler weather. But it’s hard to kill those herbs.
I noticed this morning while out with Charlie that a few tomatoes are just about ripe enough that I might bring one in this evening. If I do, I will fix a veggie burger.
And I’m hoping these tomatoes aren’t as tasteless as the first batch that I picked during the intense rain.
I’m wondering if the zinnias that have turned all the way brown are ready to harvest? I’ve never harvested zinnias. Do you wait until fall or just slip the dead flower bloom into a baggie now for next year?
If I wait much longer, the fragile brown bloom might get blown away in the wind.
July is ending and August will be another month of intense heat. So will September and much of October.
All winter I look forward to spring planting. Then within a few months the heat has killed off many of the plants I planted.
It isn’t long before I’m looking forward to cooler weather. And I’m now there.