Just Quit Already: Day by Day Through Year One of Retirement. Day 20, Mon July 20: Guy Clark sings: “Only two things that money can’t buy / And that’s true love and homegrown tomatoes.” We are enjoying a bountiful harvest. I can’t deny that I get overly emotionally involved with the tomato patch. We will eat tomatoes straight off the vine in all their forms, and when we max out I will make batches of tomato juice and tomato sauce that will go into the freezer. We will still be harvesting a few leftover tomatoes in mid-October before we tear out the garden.
We also harvest garlic today. We pull them up, clean off the dirt and hang them with clothespins on clothesline in the studio. There are a couple-dozen garlic plants and they will last us into next summer. They make good gifts, too: sometimes when we have people over for dinner we send them home with a head of garlic as a lagniappe; we get fresh-out-of-the-hen eggs from a woman in our neighborhood and once in a while we give her garlic as a friendly gesture. And Enid cut flowers for two bouquets: one comprised beautiful, wispier red, yellow and purple blooms, what she called “un bouquet champêtre” (“a field bouquet”) and set on the dining table; and another of huge yellow and red zinnias . . . (Read more at bartbecker.com and Facebook Bart Becker Projects.) #gardenharvest #flowers #blog #blogger #bartbecker #babyboomer #nonfiction #journal #diary #publishers #bookproject #retire #retired #retiring #retirement #seattle #ageisjustanumber #agingwell #aginggracefully #aging #aarp #over60 #over50 #optimistic #optimism #optimist #agingbackwards