Why should this be so amazing? Because for decades that's exactly what I've had to do as part of mainstream working America. Now I'm unemployed, unceremoniously laid off along with my whole department so the big corporation I worked for could send our jobs overseas. And as I slowly work in my garden I think of all the other people in our country who are unemployed and don't really want to be. And I think of those who are struggling with their crazy mortgages. And I also think of the panic that our government and financial institutions are in.
But... I am also thinking about how grateful I am for this break in my work routine. How I'm lucky to be out enjoying the cool weather. How I'm doing what I love in the garden. How I'm not starving yet and probably won't ever be. These difficult times will pass and we'll survive. We have no choice.
Now back to gardening. I've read that some people leave their old Black-eyed Susan blooms in the garden for the birds to eat. That certainly seemed like the sensible and correct thing to me so I tried just that when I first planted these. Little did I know that probably Louisiana is not the place to do this. I've had a slew of baby plants popping up all over my garden. Everywhere! They'll hide under plants, in almost complete shade, until fall or winter comes and the plant that was shading it dies. Then it takes off. So I try to clean up the blooms as you can see here. However, I still think I was too late in the game. I may have just spread a whole new crop of the buggers by waiting until all of them bloomed. Oh well. I guess I need to continue to look on the bright side - at least I have the time to take care of this now.