It's been a long time since we've had any good rain and it's been awhile since I've checked in here at the old bloggity-blog. The words are just not flowing for me right now.

Winter vegetable garden is growing: peas, carrots, beets, broccoli, cabbage. I stewed up the couple of Roma tomatoes and all of the cherry tomatoes we grew and then we pulled up the tomato plant jungle to make way for the winter veggies.

The yard is still our favorite place to be but it's looking rather tired and torn up just now. The citrus box is nearly complete and it has a Washington Navel orange tree, a Valencia orange tree, and a dwarf Eureka lemon tree planted. We've excavated ground for a shed beside the garage and a circular spot in the Park for a small brick patio where the laid-down pepper tree was removed. We've pulled up some brick pathway to be reset and a whole bunch of hex pavers are being repurposed.

I suppose all the physical labor has drawn the energy I would otherwise put toward mental tasks such as stringing words together in coherent patterns. It appears that you can have my brain or you can have my brawn, but it's one or the other.

The rain will come and my words will return, but in the meantime I'll be outdoors grunting and sweating and shoveling and wheelbarrowing and moving pavers and taming the wild overgrowth with my trusty garden tools.

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