Nope this is not about a 1997 UK TV show set in Yorkshire (not another one please - is there anywhere else in England that can be used for a location) nor is it a gardening post, though i might include a few photos later. This post is about feeling Bloomin' Marvellous. I don't want to put a jinx on it but at the moment, everything is looking pretty good on the home front and i want to take the time to take a big breath in and savour a period when there are no major issues at play, Spring is in the air and life feels pretty damn good. So if it all comes crashing down around my head tomorrow i can look back on this post and say "See, it hasn't all been bad!"
On the job front, we are both in full time employment in jobs that we love. Now that is saying something as it hasn't always been so for poor Rob. Its taken six years to find a place where his level of skill and experience is again recognised, where he is shown respect and where he can genuinely say he likes his fellow colleagues. Its been a long long journey with many downs (the last job in particular) and not many ups but he has pulled through. Lets just pray that his new employer (its a biggie) stays profitable and this job will see him through to retirement.
He looks happy doesn't he and that makes me happy! You might notice he looks a little different as well. No moustache or beard. Trimmed for food grade packaging plant. It was either that or wear a beard net.
Rob was initially employed by the agency for 4 months probation (so they can make lots of money contracting him out) but the company has paid out the agency after only one month and he is now a salaried employee. Last week, the agent called him and personally thanked him for doing such a great job as now other sites of the same company are using them. Can there be no greater validation of his skills and in his belief in himself. We would both like to truly rub a few ex-employers names in it but we are taking the higher ground.
This new job is quite a distance and so we seriously had to start thinking about our motor vehicles and running costs. Robs Falcon XR6 is 13 years old and my Fairmont 5.4L V8 is 12 years old. Both in need of ongoing repairs (expensive in my case) and not very fuel efficient (OK again in my case). Lucky us, Rob was gifted an amount specifically for this purpose and so he was able to buy a new Mitsubishi ASX which is a lovely blue 4 cylinder SUV. Just perfect for the job at hand. Yes, i know, that gift would have gone a long way on the mortgage but that's was not its purpose. It has made him very happy and able to put up with the long commute (he doesn't like driving).
Which brings me to my dilemma. I know I'm not supposed to love a car but i do. I love the leather (sorry veggo's), I love the sliding roof, I love that if i want to get somewhere in OH say a few seconds, i can just gun it and "poof" I'm there, like magic. I know I'm supposed to think green thoughts. I know that a tiny little eanie weannie 4 cylinder would get me to work and back BUT A. it wouldn't make me happy (sorry Gav) and B. we wouldn't FIT IN IT, which i guess is a pretty BIG (excuse the pun) reason to buy a family sized car.
|Why do i feel like im having an affair? Its one year old and has 6500 km on the clock so it practically new and was $10,000 under its new price. Bargain.|
Since everyone's posts are full of spring flowers, i will add my very small collection of garden snaps from last weekend. I promised last spring that i would start planting more flowers.
The bees are certainly appreciating my efforts.
On the veggie front i continue to pick buckets of snow peas each week with no end in sight. The broad beans seem to be doing their thing as are the cabbages and brussel sprouts.
I've put in lettuce, a couple of early cropping tomatoes and quite a few seedlings which i will call "bird fodder". They were there one day and not the next. Last weekend my sister and I refurbished one of the raised beds, first filling it with leaf mulch before adding lots of nitrogen and soil. I'll let it rest a few weeks before popping something in, with a net over the top.
I had a blocked pipe on my worm farm and once unblocked i collected rather a lot of worm pee for use in my garden, my neighbours garden and my friend Ella's garden and still, i have more. I was told they would take my "shit" anytime.
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