Flu shots and Cool Weather Gardening ………..you probably grimaced first and sighed second, huh? These certainly are not two thoughts that most of us think of stringing together. Along with ironing and pedicure. Or, the dentist and a massage. Many things in life don’t necessarily blend together, but we read and run with them as best we can.
It’s the time of year to think of cool weather gardening. We can plant bulbs, lettuces, kale, mulch up the leaves and use them for compost. And, as a general rule, we need to tidy up our gardens. Even tho Lee and I had 90% of our backyard hardscaped, there are still chores to do. My kangaroo paws have paled with time, the germaniums need to bedheaded, the fruit trees need a deep soak and the bark that the gardeners have blown around needs to be redistributed. Note to self!
For those of you who have large yards and gardens, you are probably as busy right now as you were when you did the original planting. It’s a glorious time to be outside with the cooler air and to be with nature in our peaceful environment.
With this water shortage, our gardens are a work in progress for all of us. While we appreciate each drip from the drip system, we need to take a peek around and see if anything needs to be hand watered. Especially, the trees and hedges.
Flu shots are an important part of this season too. Each year Lee and I get ours at Safeway, in the privacy of the cute little room that they created adjacent to the pharmacy. The needles used for the flu shots are so tiny these days that you barely feel the stick. The pharmacists are quite good and are very efficient and fast with giving the vaccine. They even do the paperwork.
The other shot you must consider if you are 65 + is the pneumonia shot. And, if you’ve already had one, you need a Booster. I just had that, too. One shot in one arm and one shot in the other arm. And, I played a decent game of golf the next day. So there!!! It doesn’t have to suck to get stuck with a needle. Just do it!
Too, Safeway will give you a coupon for 10% off of a future grocery bill….and it doesn’t expire until the end of February. As the saying goes………make happiness contagious, not the FLU !!!!
Happiness and Health equals Happy Gardeners.