I’m Back!

May 6, 2011

In case you’re wondering why I haven’t posted since Monday, here’s an account of what has happened.

Tuesday, May 03:  As soon as I managed to get my new, hand-me-down computer running the landlines died. Until today, I couldn’t communicate with the world via telephone or cyberspace. I couldn’t check incoming emails, conduct internet research, or publicize Wednesday’s Guest Writer’s article.

In addition, two of my county fair entries were damaged (my fault) and my green bean seedlings that appeared happy and perky on Monday turned into crispy, brown foliage today.

The beans are growing along a fence line between a row of vigorous snow peas and asparagus bean seedlings. The brown green beans no longer blend beautifully between its neighbors. Like an unkempt front yard in the middle of well-groomed landscapes, the green beans are an eyesore.

I hadn’t fertilized. It wasn’t windy. The soil was damp so there’s no logical reason for fried leaves. It’s just one of those mysterious disorders that oftentimes leaves the caregiver baffled.

Since the stalks look good, I’m going to watch them for a week. If new leaf buds appear, I won’t replant. Replanting now would put harvest off for month.

The lifeless landlines, damaged county fair entries, and impaired bean crop are minor setbacks, slight disappointments. However, the distant roar of heavy equipment that woke me from a ten-minute snooze this afternoon was anything but trivial. More on this next week. 

Thursday, May 05:  Late afternoon Verizon repaired my landlines, and my hand-me-down computer is running smoothly. Now, though, the “service engine soon light” in my car lite up like a huge hotel sign. Tomorrow, I’ll have to take it into the shop which means I won’t have transportation to the Amador Master Gardeners’ annual plant sale to volunteer with set up and sales—a fun day that I will miss.

The good news is that Wednesday’s article, written by Guest Writer Bernadine Chapman-Cruz,  will be posted Saturday.  (There’s always something good to look  toward.) Stayed tuned for tomorrow’s Soulful Plotting and Bernadine’s article on the history of Mother’s Day.



  1. Poor green beans, amid all the other mishaps. Hope everything taks a turn for the ‘sunshine’. bernadine


  2. Sorry for all your troubles, but glad they’re now resolved!


  3. Wow – what a week! Glad you are back to being “connected” and good luck with the car….


  4. sorry about your bummer week! Guess a bright side would be that you made all of our weeks fantastic with your reappearance…. nice to have you back!


  5. Enjoying your posts while vacationing in New Mexico. Do you think the bean problem might be mold or rust? From what I can see on this little phone screen it looks like leaf burn.


  6. Thanks everybody! After receiving these wonderful comments, I might disappear more often! Hannah, you made me laugh. Dianne P. and Dolores, the car is fixed and so are the county fair entries. Sue, you sure made me feel special reading my blog during your vacation in Mexico, wish I were blogging from there. I haven’t had time to examine the green beans closely, hopefully next week but I suspect it is leaf burn and rust. Bernadine, the clouds are gone and the sun is shinning.

    Happy Mother’s Day everybody,


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