I had my camera in hand when Charlie and I went out on the patio first thing this morning. And per usual, I attempted to take photos. But we had more rain last night, and it is so muggy that the photos were too steamed up to use.
So I came inside and took them standing looking out the patio door. (Always gives me a reason to keep the glass clean.)
Instead of cowering, as some dogs do, when it thunders, Charlie barks. A clap of thunder, Charlie barks. Another clap of thunder, Charlie again barks.
It is rather amusing. He just sits on the end of the bed and continues to bark until it stops. He did the same thing on the 4th of July with the fireworks.
I have really darkened my apartment to keep it cooler. Though I had the same green and beige curtains for the patio doors that I have on my other two horizontal windows, they were too short for the patio doors.
So last week I picked up some of those drapery rings with clips and hung the curtains from the clips. Now, instead of looking odd at the bottom, they look a bit odd at the top. You are supposed to hang them through the round grommets.
But it gets the job done!
I plan to stay in today. In my darkened apartment with my Charlie boy.
Yesterday I took my car in to be checked. There is a nice Mobil station just a few blocks away owned by a couple who together work on cars. I’d guess they’re probably in their mid to late fifties. She replaced my front brakes recently.
The air conditioning was fine, which I was worried about. And the back brakes do not need to be replaced yet.
I have just over 46,100 or slightly more miles on my 12 year old car. I have never had to have anything done to the air conditioning system thus far. Overall I’ve been really lucky with that car.
Four tires, one leak, regular oil changes, front brakes, and I always get the gas that is a bit higher than regular gasoline. The manual says to use the most expensive gas, but I purchase the one in the middle. I can’t remember what it’s called.
I doubt I’ll ever buy another car, so I’ve got to make this one last. It is a 4 wheel drive SUV. I don’t know how to do a thing with it except drive it, but that’s all I care about doing with it.
I don’t care about luxurious cars. Couldn’t afford one if I did. I don’t even turn on the radio. I never use the sun roof or heated seats or anything else except drive where I’m going and drive back.
I imagine there are many things about this car that I don’t know about and don’t care to. For me it is simply utilitarian.
Shamefully I have not even bothered to clean it. I let the rain do that because I don’t have a garage to shelter it anyway.
And I don’t see much point in cleaning the inside with Charlie’s long lizard-like tongue slobbering all over the windows and me carrying plants around. (I know that’s an excuse.)
I noticed about a block after leaving the Mobil station that they had cleaned the slobbery driver’s window.
My ex insisted the cars be taken every Sunday to one of those fancy valet places to be thoroughly cleaned. So for the first five years that car was spotless.
Now it has crumbs and the occasional dropped French fry I cannot seem to reach.
And in terms of growing where you’ve been planted, as you can see this purslane is growing in the crack of cement on the patio. It now has an orange bloom.
I know many think of purslane as a weed. To me it is a flower. And it’s also edible (see below) I guess it’s all in how you choose to look at things.
Its plump leaves hold water and it will grow most anywhere, I imagine. But I’m glad it chose to grow here in between this hot unforgiving cement on my patio. Because it shows how resilient it is.
We are all resilient. For every tough time we face, we become wiser and stronger.
Yesterday I wrote a post I didn’t ever think I’d write. Then suddenly, as I sat down to write my post yesterday, instead of flowers and pet stories, I wrote that one.
It just spilled out of me. I don’t know why. There was no plan.
But you ladies were all so supportive, and I thank you.
Just proves to me that even if you cannot grow where you are planted, even if it proves to be a bad place that you have to leave, resilience in the face of hardship toughens us up.
Even if you have to pick yourself up and grow somewhere else, there will always be people there to gently push you forward and congratulate you when you bloom.
Edible facts about Purslane:
Can you eat raw purslane?