I just got off the phone with Kendra. She said they’ve been enjoying lots of fresh carrots and tomatoes. She planted her veggies earlier than I did so her plants were way ahead of mine. This is her first garden so she should feel proud of her efforts.

My tomatoes are still not quite the size of a dime yet. But there’s lots of them on the plant. Which is now within 3 inches of the fence. Yes, I guess it grew 3 more inches overnight.

She wanted to know if I would like to drive to Kasi’s, which is about 10 or so miles away, to take her lunch. Remember she had surgery on her wrist again yesterday afternoon. Since Kendra’s recently had surgery herself, she isn’t supposed to drive.

But I was up all night again with Charlie, and I’m dealing with a bout of sciatica which is on my right side and thus affects my driver’s foot. So she said she’d have her boyfriend take her. That would probably be a safer bet.

As she had surgery herself less than 2 weeks ago, I would just feel better if he drove her.

He’s a public defender and in court this morning but will be back home soon. I guess even during a pandemic the wheels of justice continue to grind.

I finally broke down and took a muscle relaxer a few minutes ago. Probably should have taken one last night but I didn’t.

Whatever creature Charlie smells apparently goes away during the day. But he can still pick up the scent and often wants out and won’t come back in.

Going out every few hours at night to pick him up because he won’t come in isn’t easy when the sciatic nerve is inflamed. But I never leave him out there on his own.

In other news, something is still eating at my plant leaves.

The clematis vine has slowed down its blooming. This always happens as it gets warmer.

The yellow rose has pretty much ceased putting out blooms though I fed it recently with organic fertilizer. It doesn’t seem to care for the heat either.

Someone asked what fertilizer I use. If I use any at all, I use these organic fertilizers: Tomato~Tone for tomatoes, Rose~Tone for roses, and Flower~Tone for flowers. The company that makes them has been around since 1929.

I managed to follow through with cleaning the refrigerator, which had been on my to-do list. For some reason it’s one of those household tasks that least enthuses me. But I got it done.

Today I need to run a couple of cups of vinegar through the washer. Though some may think the washer has to be clean because it’s always cleaning, it actually isn’t. It has a build up of scum and laundry detergent.

They say to follow up with baking soda if you want to do a super duper job, but I haven’t gone that step yet.

Here is the recipe for cleaning your washing machine. But I’ll go ahead and run through the steps here anyway.

How To Clean Your Washing Machine With Natural Substances

  • First, spray vinegar around the rubber gasket and use a rag or toothbrush to remove soap scum, mildew, and detergent buildup. Make sure to scrub all the nooks and crannies, and take out and soak any removable parts such as soap and fabric softener dispensers. 
  • Next, start an empty wash cycle using the largest load size and hottest water. Add two cups of white vinegar and let the cycle run. (If you have a front load washer, pour the vinegar into the detergent dispenser.) For an extra-clean washing machine, repeat the cycle with a half-cup of baking soda. You’ll also need to hand-wash the top portion of the agitator and basin above the water line.
  • Finally, spray the front or top with vinegar and wipe it down. 

Happy cleaning.

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  1. I am so glad for you that you get together with your daughters. Daughters are so precious. I also have two.
    Thank you for the tips on cleaning your washer. I need to do that again.
    Your flowers and plants are beautiful. Thank you for sharing them with us and I always look forward to pictures of your fur babies.
    Sciatic nerve pain is terrible. I have suffered with it through the years even so far as to having shots in my back. Now days my chiropractor can keep it in check and I am thankful for that.

  2. Your garden just gets more beautiful every day!!! I know about sciatica pain I’ve had shots in my back that helped with the pain but some days it comes back , my mind plans more than my body can do in a day I use to work 2 part time jobs clean my house and have a garden now it’s a job just cleaning my house I’m not able to work anymore but it’s inevitable we all get older but I’m trying to fight it lol have a good evening Brenda!

  3. Hope you are feeling better soon. You take such good care of Charlie and Ivy. I never leave my 12 pound dog out alone either. We don’t have a fence and have lots of critters around. I am about the same age as you and I have gotten used to taking it a bit more slowly and easy lately. Just how it is. I look back on getting up early, working then doing all that was needed around the house. Funny, now I am not working and can’t get as much done as when I was working! Oh well, it’s all good!

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