“Wishing for Retirement”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
Sometimes it is so hard to have a garden and an outside job. It is so much more fun to work in a garden than to work at your job. It is also frustrating to have so many garden chores to do, and no time to do them because you have to go to work Monday through Friday. Ever notice how many rainy weekends there are followed by sunny weekdays when you can’t work with your plants?
I have been feeling that frustration the last two days. I have had to try and hurry home after work to take care of the garden. Another cold front is coming through and a light freeze was predicted for last night. Yesterday, when I got home, I immediately went out and covered the tropical plants that I want to make sure survives the winter. I just lightly covered them because it was only barely going to freeze and the freezing temperatures would only last an hour or so. Everything came through fine.
Tonight, there is supposed to be a hard freeze here. It should get down to about 27 degrees, but it will last maybe as long as six hours. That means full protection for so many plants. Unfortunately, I had an appointment after work and didn’t get home until around 5:30 PM. That meant I had to work quickly to cover up so many plants and also fully cover the ones from last night. It only took me a little over an hour to finish, but the last 25 minutes I was working in the dark. I was beginning to think it wasn’t worth all the trouble, but then, if I don’t have to replace these plants, I can afford to buy more new plants this year. Besides some of these plants have a lot of sentimental feelings attached to them, and I would hate to lose them.
So, I guess all this means is I can’t wait until the only work I have to do is garden chores, and the only commute I have is just a few steps from my door to the garden.