Its Earth Day, and in fact the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. As someone who remembers the first one, and back then started adjusting my life habits to be gentle on the earth and continues to be aware, it is with surprise that so many people are unaware or unconcerned. For me, its “old news” and still pertinent. Oh well.
I also believe in science and epidemiology and all sorts of things that some find suspect since they would rather these things not be true. I’m not going to spend my energy on that, I prefer to work in helpful ways.
It’s a nice day here in Colorado. Partly cloudy, breezy, mild temperatures. I gave the lawn its first mowing of the year (using our rechargeable electric mower). I watered the garden (the cold hardy stuff that is sprouting and starting to grow: spinach, chard, sugar snap peas, some lettuces and carrots. I planted shallots and potatoes outside. I started my tomato seeds inside. Where I live, it’s another month before our last frost date, when it’s “safe” to plant more tender plants and seed. Safe means likely to be safe from frost, but all the other garden threats, particularly hail, thunderstorms, heat and drought, rabbits and voles remain.
It’s a pleasure to be growing things, and a fine reminder during this pandemic, with so much uncertainty, there is hope. Happy Earth Day, planet earth. May we all treat you with the care and respect you have so long deserved.
And in other news, my big personal challenge is my father’s care as he is in hospice. My stepmother is still highly anxious and fearful, and I finally was able to speak with the appropriate individual in their retirement community, articulate our family’s need and concerns for Dad’s care, and I think they got it. Nothing unreasonable. There’s a plan to help/support my stepmother, and I am hopeful that things will go a bit more smoothly from here on out. We shall see, but at the moment I feel easier, and the report is that Dad is doing okay for now. Cheers!