Slugs. They’re everywhere in my little urban backyard garden today. I might even have some of their slime under my fingernails. In fact, I’m sure I do. It’s in there right along with the garden soil that I can’t get out no matter how long I try to scrub them clean.
And I like it that way.
It rained today for the first time in forever. Wait that sounds familiar. Isn’t that a Disney song or something? I digress…
My garden missed the rain, and I missed the rain. Wait? Did I just say that? I have always been the one that hated rain. I hated the wet damp feeling after being outside in it, and the dreary overcast skies. I guess I’ve changed my mind. I can honestly say I am glad it rained, maybe even more glad than the plants in my garden, and I will tell you why.
*Picture taken through the window of my warm dry house.
Today feels so peaceful. My garden is getting a much needed watering, and we were able to turn the sprinklers off for once. Even my kids seem to be more at peace today after all of the busyness of hot summer days and sleeping in their underwear because the nights weren’t cooling off.
We were all dressed with beds made, rice porridge cooked at devoured, and dishes done by 8:30 (a rarity) so out to the backyard we went. Out to our slug filled grass, slug filled garden, and slug filled chicken coop. We even had slugs climbing up the side of the house, and the french doors that lead to the basement. These Pacific Northwest slugs haven’t known what to do this summer with rain in such short supply so they must have been in slug heaven. Makes me wonder if it is time for us to think about getting a duck or two. Did you know they eat slugs? Yes, that would be the best thing ever for someone living in the Pacific Northwest.
I spent my time pulling gigantic weeds out of my garden beds. Note to self: pull weeds out while they are small, unless you’re really wanting a good workout and feet covered in compost. Also, don’t wear flip flops… Luckily the grass was wet enough for me to wipe my feet on and get them squeaky clean before going back inside.
The kids helped me look at the garden to find what had been growing over the last few days, the spaghetti squash and white pumpkins. It’s amazing how something so simple can make such an impact on my mood.
“The rain brings life. So does the sun.” – Saving Mr. Banks