Vacation While You Can

So many things to say. If you use a period-tracking app and you live in the wrong state, you might want to delete it. It could be used in evidence against you. And if you are in that demographic, maybe get a VPN. Plan C is fine, if no one can trace it to you. When my grandmother went for her abortion — it would be a full century ago, or near enough — she was raped by her doctor and of course didn’t dare report him. We’re headed right back there again, folks, and doesn’t a story like that make pills sound good. If you have kids with birth certificates and you think they too have a right to life, maybe get them them a kevlar vest — in school colors, why not. If you live in a state with coal-fired power plants, you might want to move; it’s about to get pretty smoky in your neighborhood. And if you can vote in the States, do so. It really is a big deal.

Let’s talk about something else. Jacques loves his new toy. It is less fun to watch him, now that he has figured out how to grasp his shark by the tail but it still squeaks and bounces in a satisfactorily erratic manner.

My new trees are doing well. We have had a long period of slow, soaking rain, for which they and I are grateful. I am already harvesting produce from my garden. And unlike Mitch McConnell, the olla is your friend. An olla is this terra cotta pot that you bury in the ground near the roots of, say, your tomato plants. From time to time you fill it up. The water oozes out into your plant roots. And hey presto, your olla-watered plants will be half again as big and bushy as your drip-watered plants. I think it uses no more water, as I refill it only when I am running the drip system. I’m a convert. I’m hoping for a big sale at the end of the season.

The season itself promises to be busy. I’m headed to a knitting retreat, of all things. The news being what it is, I can use the calming effects of a week of knitting. It will save me from overindulging in the CBD gummies. I’m looking forward to a parade of visiting friends and am making friends with people who actually live here. Kieron says he might just maybe finish my summer kitchen. I have been invited to give a presentation at an exhibition opening in August; more about that later. Maybe life isn’t so good right now but for the next few months, it’s going to seem just fine.

5 thoughts on “Vacation While You Can

  1. Glad you are making local friends…they are indispensable, not just for emergencies, but for getting onto the local stream of consciousness.
    I must look out for a toy like that…the smaller French bulldog would love it.
    Everything I read about the U.S. makes me glad I was not born there…

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    1. Yes, when I was spending so much time in Paris meeting people here didn’t really work out. It’s nice to feel that I am settling in here. As for the US, between the Trump madness and now this, my move is looking prescient!

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    1. So that is how you guys are finding it. Yes, the debugging needs to happen on the WordPress side. In general, I have been less happy with WordPress lately. Prices are going way up and this is the second time the site has crashed. I’m thinking of having it hosted at GoDaddy, who do everything else for me. Their customer service is excellent and they did fix the first crash. A friend suggested moving the whole thing to Substack but I don’t flatter myself that my random nattering is worth paying for. Plus I’d feel some pressure to professionalize the content. More general content, clickbair, no thanks.

      I’m just leaving for a week. This is not the time to spend hours with tech support and all. But clearly when I get back this needs to be a priority. Thanks for the heads-up.

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