Monday Musings: A Smörgåsbord of Stuff

The weather is looking more March fickle than February depressing lately. We’ve had 50 degree days, sun, clouds, snow, rain, and today is cold and really windy. If this is February, I can’t wait to see what March is like. It will probably come in like a starving lion taking down a gazelle and go out like a frolicking lamb.

ElderCat Amber has a vet appointment this week. When I have a soon-to-be 15 year old cat going in like this, I am always a bit nervous. She appears and acts perfectly fine, eating,  using the litterbox, and she can jump up onto anything she wants. She also gets the zoomies on a daily basis. She acts like she’s much younger. That’s good to see.

The BaldMan is back on his feet now. On antibiotics for the rest of the week, but he is able to get around and drive. That is a good thing.

My fish tank is just about ready for the first fish to go in there. It’s cycled nicely and the water tests are good. We do have some nitrate in our tap water, so water changes don’t take that to zero, but the plants are doing their job and dropping the level below anything that would be unhealthy for fish. I did the first big maintenance on Sunday. Cleaned the filter, wiped down the glass, and did a water change. I also added fertilizers for the plants. It looks pretty good, but I do need to get more plants in there.

We need to get some patio blocks under the legs of the 8 foot garden box. Sitting on the gravel over dirt under the deck, it has sunk into the mud in the front. It is at a steep angle right now. The patio blocks should help distribute the weight a bit and keep it from sinking again. I want to get the greenhouse cover on it so it starts to warm up. I should be planting some cool weather plants next month.

I did order seeds and they are on the way. Nothing weird or different. I don’t really have room for experimenting too much. Lots of stuff going in containers this year. I think the big box will be mostly for things that don’t need a lot of room to grow well. It also gives me space to plant more of some things like beans so we can get a good amount from the planting. It’s good to be thinking about things growing again. I am getting tired of cold and winter. I’ve learned to deal with it but I am looking forward to seeing green and sun again.

I guess that’s about all for this Monday. Be nice. Be kind. Be a source of joy whatever you do. It’s contagious.


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