You know summer has finally arrived when your farmer is covered in grease, hay, scratches, and (accidentally) had junk food for a meal.
We're coming around the bend, folks! Tomatoes are (tiny and green, but...) on the vine! Peppers are (the size of marbles) coming soon! Green beans... will actually be ready in a week or two! It's this time of year when the anxious waiting and anticipating finally culminates in real results. It also means planning and planting for fall crops. It's an in-between time, all at once: the beginning, middle, and end of the life cycle. Some crops have not even germinated in their new home nestled in the warm summer soil, others are just barely fulfilling their biological imperative of producing fruit, while still others are in their terminal stage.
I try to remember to return to the present, which is difficult when your mind has to occupy past and future simultaneously. What projects fell through the cracks and are already causing tomorrow's challenges? In the present, I can handle the problems that exist now, and try to do better next time. With patience and acceptance, I am your farmer,