Good morning or afternoon and welcome.
Coffee? Hot or cold? Pickles? Would it surprise you I have made 3 jars of pickles since August 13th and have already consumed one of the jars? What can I say? I-heart-pickles.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am nervous this morning. I am giving my first live-in-person speech for Toastmaster this morning. This means, I won’t have a second screen to read the speech off of and I will really need to move instead of standing in one place for the duration of the speech.
This will be the first live meeting we’ve had in over a year. I didn’t found out I was giving a speech until Monday but once again, I procrastinated and ended up pulling one of the old stories written on this blog for my speech.
I am sometimes glad I wrote so many posts on this blog. Many old posts are potential speeches and this story just so happens to fit the objectives. All I had to do was do a little bit of rewrite, slash a few hundred words, add in some descriptors, and voila, speech done.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you I finally re-did the drip irrigation system this week. I believe this would be my third redo and I believe this time is a success compare to the last two times and I swear it’s the most beautiful thing in my eyes right now because I did it singlehandedly, without any physical help, only the help from YouTube.
Well, if you can count my uncle coming to help me fix a cracked PVC pipe in my drip irrigation, then that’s only physical help I got.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you the lush 5-tier planter is no more. In my post, Monday Thoughts, I wrote how the 70-mile-per-hour wind moved this planter from one end of the patio into the tomato bed at the other end. It was such a painful experience to watch. I almost screamed as it fell.
I ended up having to reconstruct it from the bottom tier last Sunday. Though most plants came out unscathed, I had to spend a long time untangling cucumber vines and ended up cutting a lot back. I suppose the plants benefited as I now have 8 cucumbers pending for harvest in the 5-tier planter and as the storm raged on Saturday, I had to harvest the sweet peppers before it damaged it. I believe I ended up with around 10 green bell peppers. I have been slicing it and putting it in sandwiches this week.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you I planted mums in my backyard yesterday. I should’ve taken pictures but I was too exhausted and I had to work on my speech. I had to amend most of the soil in my backyard as it’s got horrible clay soil that not even a shovel can get through.
I hope they survive because I’ve tried so many times to plant flowers in my backyard but they always die on me. I hope with the new knowledge I acquired in my gardening classes and YouTube, I corrected my past mistakes and these mums will survive and thrive for seasons to come.
I would thank you for joining me in this edition of #weekendcoffeeshare and hope we’ll both return next week.