Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Monday, June 22, 2020
**NOTE: All Lush Sustenance Farming Images not taken here... but at our Old Historic Acreage when my Thumb was still Green!**
I'll save my compassion for the deserving of it, the rest can go Fuck themselves while they're busy Cluster Fucking anyway. I could give Two Shits about any of them... they don't give Two Shits about any of us... Touche'... lets see who has less Fucks to give shall we?! See... I NEED the Soothing Touch of Nature and growing shit to Chill me out, get my Hands dirty in the Soil and be plucking delightful Veggies and Herbs from Successful Victory Garden Beds and Terra Cotta Planters to Nourish my Body, Calm my Mind and Feed my Soul! I'm not going to Give Up on it, I've got too much Invested in freakin' Seeds and fancy dirt that still haven't given it a go yet! *LOL* I can do this... it ain't my 1st Rodeo!
Because dammit, my Basil Plants used to grow the size of Bushes! My Cherry Tomato Plants were growing berserk Year Round, even when they should be and looked Dead in the brutal heat of a Desert Summer they were still producing more than I could use! I never had to buy Fresh Herbs for cooking or my Salads. I didn't even have to take good Care of any of it, the only problem I ever had at my Historic Property was Gophers decimating some fabulous specimens like my Chocolate Mint. At least they had Minty Fresh Breath for their Burials when my Working Cats finally dispatched them and brought them to me as Pressies! Good Kitties, Miss Priss still Rocks at Neutralizing Nuisance Vermin and Scorpions, even tho' I don't have a freakin' Veggie or Herb Garden here. *LOL*
It's not for lack of trying, I even bought fancy dirt... at the Historic Property I never had to buy dirt, what was there for the 100+ Years on the Land that the Old House had also been on for over a Century, just Worked! I was Spoiled I guess and now I'm realizing that it's not as effortless or successful as it used ta be... dammit! I really had this delusion it just would be like it had been... and that during a Pandemic, I'd even have more Time to Devote to it! At the Historic Homestead along with growing a bounty of Food I was Working a Demanding Career, Raising Two Generations of Kids and Caregiving for an ailing Spouse... so Time was at a Premium for Gardening! The Plants were pretty much on their own relying mostly on Mother Nature!
I got all choked up looking at the Old Garden Pixs, the Beloved Historic Homestead Pixs... and most of all, all the Pixs of Dearly Departed Fur Babies we had over the many Years of Working Cats owning us there. And Working it, since the Feline Family Members really earned their Keep lemme tell ya, not a Lazy one of the bunch! Most died of Natural Causes, but it's particularly difficult to remember those that I had to make the difficult decision to euthanize at End of Life to not prolong suffering. Or those that met with untimely ends or just disappeared without a trace.
All our Cats have Adopted us and came as Strays or Ferals... and so often they'd lived a tough Life before finding a Forever Home with us. Feline Lukemia for a Street Cat is like COVID is to us Humans. And a once Feral or having been an Alley Cat Stray, most can't be completely domesticated to ever go Indoors, they HATE it and will wreck your House trying to get out to Freedom! All but one Domesticated enough to be considered Pet Quality. Jackie One Eye never did, not even enough to get her to a Vet to have that lost Eye socket and facial damage corrected, which Grieved me. She was too smart to Trap, but she lived on the peripheral of our lives there for a substantial amount of time and we allowed her the privilege of remaining Wild at Heart and distrusting of us Humans.
Miss Priss is the only exception to that Rule we ever had, who once was an entirely Outdoor Stray Cat and chose to come Inside part of the time to escape Predatory Animals once we had moved to Rural Subdivision Hell. She's no Fool, the first few encounters with Coyote and Raptor Birds and she's like Fuck this, I'm coming inside at Night... then transitioned to some Daytime Captivity. *LOL* It probably helped Miss Priss to make that decision when Fluff, the other Cat that was still among the Living when we bought Villa Boheme', didn't last 2 Weeks before she disappeared. I liked to Imagine she just found a better Home and Adopted someone else or went back 'Home' to Da Hood, that's at least what I told The G-Kid Force... but I doubt it and I doubt they bought the Story either.
Luckily we do not see Strays and Ferals around here, the Mini Farm Residents seem to take good Care of their Livestock and Domesticated Pets. We also don't have the predatory indigenous Animals here, too far into the City, so Miss Priss is much Safer at Forever Boheme'. Well, she had one close call when the Neighbors goofy Female Pit Bull got out and came over to say Hi and chased her under the Truck! I panicked, luckily their Dog is very Friendly with everyone and Obedient, so she backed off and the Neighbor's Teen Son apologized profusely for her having escaped his notice of getting out when the Younger Kids left their Gate open accidentally. Miss Priss now is on high alert to make sure Pit Bull Gal is safely behind the Chain Link Fencing! *LOL*
Actually, she doesn't mind our Cat and never even barks at her, but given the Nature of a Pit Bull and strength, we just were glad nothing bad happened during the one incident where she came over to say Hi to us Humans and then saw our Cat! Her tail was wagging, but I'm glad our Cat decided ain't no way I'm risking a Play Date with a damned Pit Bull, no matter how goofy and docile she usually acts between us thru the Fence! Miss Priss has intruded I'm sure on other people's Properties, Cats having that Roving Commission and all. But Neighbors are very Gracious and said since she's a Working Cat and we all have Farms, they Welcome her visits to keep Roof Rats in check.
The Citrus draws the Rats like a Moth to a Flame so we decided we'd not plant Citrus here even tho' we did have some on our Historic Acreage. Enough Neighbors here have Mature Fruit and Nut Trees not to have to bother, they Share during the Harvest and always have Too Much actually. I've not had to buy much in the way of Citrus or Nuts since moving here! But damn would I like to grow some Sweet Basil, Thai Basil, Mints, Oregano, Spinach, Lettuces, Tomatoes, Carrots, Cucumber, Kale, Radishes and everything else to Harvest from Home! *Sob!* I had such lofty Visions for doing so this Spring! Dashed... dashed all to Hell I tell ya! *LOL*
It makes me wanna run out and buy a Fresh Fruit Tart... to soothe my bruised Gardener's Ego. Well, that and I can't locate the Archived File of the damned Carrots I wanted to insert above, that I'd Lovingly grown at the Old Homestead! *Bwahhahahahahahahah!* They used to grow in the Weirdest Shapes ever, I've never seen Carrots like mine in the Stores! Mutant Carrots and yet so tasty and Fun to pull out of the ground to see what peculiar Shapes I'd grown next?!? *Smiles* I don't know if I was growing Carrots all Wrong for them to look Carrot-Like in the Traditional way we've come to know a Carrot, or if it was some Heirloom Variety of long forgotten misshapen Carrot that Buyers didn't like so they quit growing them that way? *LOL*
You know what else I can't find? My Dad's Pottery Monkey I Inherited! I know I didn't Sell it, since it's been in the Family Forever, one of those Crazy Kitsch Family Heirloom things passed along in Dad's Family and ended up with me since I'm sure my Brother was like... No Fucking way! *LMAO* I wouldn't have parted with The Monkey even tho' it's Odd even for my Eclectic and Bizarre Tastes, which is saying something!
Since I got a lot of Weird and Wonderful shit everywhere and Oddities galore! *Smiles* I just don't know what happened to it or Why I can't find it... as I'm almost done unpacking everything from Boxes and it wasn't in the Garage Storage from Villa Boheme's Old Milk Crates still packed and stacked?! It's now among the Laundry List of Mysteries, like Why I can't grow things worth a shit anymore suddenly?!?
But I did find some fab Peacock Pixs I'd taken of a particularly Proud Male strutting his Stuff so close to me, that I got those Amazing Shots that make you Feel rather like a Professional Photographer! *Ha ha ha* And even tho' I'll probably Save Money just BUYING my damned Fresh Produce and Herbs rather than trying to grow them... there's that part of me that still is deluded enough to Believe that I could still become this Urban Farmer Hippie Chick.
You know, setting up some Farmer's Market Stand here... that would be way too expensive! *LOL* Since with all I've had to Invest in growing any of it, by the time I get any meager Harvest, I'd have to charge you a small Fortune and unless you're real Bougee and like to brag about how much Money you Waste... or desperately want that Twenty Dollar Tomato or Mutant Carrot... that ain't happening, Right?! *Winks*
Mebbe I should just stick to what I do BEST, Junquing and Pathological Picture Taking? *winks*
Blessings, Love, Light and Laughter from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian
Sunday, June 21, 2020
I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. - Og Mandino (1923-1996)
For creativity to flourish one should try to look at everything as though it were being seen for the first or the last time. - Quote from "A Thousand Paths To Creativity" by David Baird
Is what I'm about to say an improvement on silence? ~ Galen Pearl