Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment.
Full effort is full victory.
Last week was more of a full-effort week than this has been, but I'm getting back on track. I walked Wednesday and yesterday, but couldn't pick up the pace to a jog at all. In fact, I was slower this week than I've been in a long time.
I'm not in a race, though, and just getting out there and Doing It is a victory. It certainly helps that the humidity has come down, along with the temperature. I even opened up the house yesterday and turned the AC off. Bliss!
The garden is producing like cra-zee, and is taking a lot of time. One thing I really love growing is edamame. Throw a bean in the ground and it'll grow, and each plant produces dozens of pods. They're fussy when it comes to shelling, and I suppose I could just freeze them in the pod, but I like getting the work out of the way now, rather than later.
I've learned my tomato lesson, for sure. Last year I tried to squeeze as many plants as possible into a tiny little section of the garden. The plants ended up shading each other and they had no room to grow. This year I put in twice as many plants and spaced them properly and I'm easily going to have a year's worth of tomatoes for soups and chili. I'm already out of canning jars; the remaining tomatoes will be cooked, puréed and frozen.
Tonight for dinner we're having some kind of chicken – grilled, most likely – with a big pan of roasted vegetables. I'm going to toss tomatoes, eggplant (which hasn't done very well this year), a red pepper, onions, garlic, zucchini, corn and celery together with olive oil, herbs, garlic, salt and pepper. Twenty minutes at 450° and dinner is served.
And to round out this post, since I've mentioned