Good morning! Come on in! It’s a good day to have some hot drinks and relax.
I’m bidding goodbye to my garden this week as we are expecting our first frost to roll in early Monday morning, by which time most of the plants in the garden will die of severe hypothermia. Unfortunately, there’s not much I can do except let it run its course. I spent the last few days picking viable unripe tomatoes and ripening them in a paper bag. I won’t be working in my garden this weekend as rain and snow is expected.
I think I’ve reached a low point this week. I became so tired of mom always belittling me – thinking of me as someone stupid – and kept mentioning the accident. I mean, what’s passed is in the past. Stop talking about it.
We were both supposed to go into office Thursday. To be honest, as much as I like to be in the office, I was dreading that day because mom was driving and we can’t go in separate car as she does not have a parking pass. Only I do and she doesn’t want to fork over $12 per paycheck to get her own.
I don’t like to ride in the car with her as she has a tendency to complain from the moment we get in the car until the moment we reached our destination. One thing after another. It made me want to bang my head against the wall.
After listening to her whine and complain for the duration of the drive, I dropped my stuff off at my cubicle and immediately went to reward myself with Starbucks – the best part of that day. It was my therapist’s idea – to do something I can control when I feel like everything is out of my control. Starbucks, I can control. I tried the pumpkin spice again, this time without the whipped cream and it was much better. The whipped cream was too greasy for my liking.
Fast forward to 1:30 PM, mom waltzed into my cubicle wanting to go home. I was deep in my work and she completely broke my concentration. I didn’t want to go home, not yet. I wanted to use the quiet time to do more work. Reluctantly, I told her to text me when she’s ready. I hate it when I have to work around her schedule. Why can’t she work around mine? It’s not fault she dislikes everybody on her floor.
Turned out, mom wanted out early so she could get me to proofread her translation assignment. It was terrible, I tell ya. The grammar was horrible. It made less sense than the version Google translate gave me. I ended up spending almost 3 hours deciphering the 7-page Chinese article and fixing the grammar on the English translation. Why not make me the company’s Chinese translator as well?
If we were having coffee, I would tell you the best part of the week had been Friday. Mom got off work early and exhausted herself with cleaning up the yard at her other house (the one she refuses to live in) and went to bed at 5:30 PM. It was such a rare treat when I get to enjoy a quiet night by myself.
I did a little garden cleanup – refilled my compost bins, gave a little water to my poor wilting veggies, and brought in my pepper plants for the night – all the while waiting for UPS to deliver a brand new raised bed I bought a few days ago. I can’t wait to assemble it next week and move my blueberry bushes and my strawberry plants into this bed. If there’s room, I hope to add some blackberry canes in there next year. Then I’ll have myself a little berry patch. How about that? I can soon gorge on berries during the summer. 😄😄😄
Another great thing that happened this week: I saw some spectacular autumn colors last Sunday when mom planned a trip to Provo Canyon. I knew it wouldn’t disappoint (the scenery, not mom). I did, however, wish mom would’ve stopped complaining. Her brother-in-law (BIL) was driving and during the almost 2 hours drive, she complained about one thing after another. I don’t understand why she’s complaining so much when she hates when someone else complains.
I was glad I brought my earbuds along and filled my ears with music. Here are a few of my favorite shots from that day.
#weekendcoffeeshare is hosted by Natalie of Natalie the Explorer. I appreciate you stopping by and hope to chat again same time next week.