Sunday, May 5, 2013
My Mad Scientist
So, with my hubby's hand being casted and pretty much rendered useless (the hand, not him) we've been hanging at home a lot more.
We decided to try starting some seeds on dining room table which we pushed in front of the big window to catch afternoon sun. I bought a new bright red spray bottle and asked him to spray those starts every time he thought of it. They were going sooooo well for about the first 10 days.
And then ... he spotted some aphids on a couple of pepper plants I had purchased at the store. My "mad science" hubby decided to make up a home concoction of water and borax to spray on the the leaves. Not sure where he found that idea on the internet (or if he just made it up!) but he forgot to tell me he had put Borax in the water bottle and I used it to spray my new baby seedlings that were, up to that point, coming up great.
No bueno. The nasturtiums seem to be riding the chemical storm but the other seedlings are looking really sad and burned.
I could only laugh.
Hubby and I do not have a great history of growing a garden together. The first spring we moved here we planted over each other in the beautiful garden that used to exist. For most people, this would be most irritating but it's a common theme in our lives. Life is far too short to get mad about such silly stuff. It actually provided a good laugh!! So, I just went to RiteAid and bought some nice starts.
Mostly, this has kept his mind off the ever-present dull ache in his arm since he had surgery. He starts physical therapy next week, which may not be very pleasant. I'm glad we have something to laugh about and truthfully it's just nice to be outdoors and doing something besides thinking about how we won't be riding motorcycles until it's so hot we won't want to ride!
I actually read almost a whole book yesterday. I putzed awhile and then made a pot of coffee & sat in my lounge chair to read. Took a 2-hour nap. Gave myself a mini-pedicure. Played with the dogs a lot. Watched an old movie. Made cookies.
Life is good. And it's funny. And I love my mad scientist!