Recap on the Poland trip I said... later maybe.
I took over 2,000 photos - have gone through and rinsed dupes and inferiors. 1,264 remain. Still haven't taken the family on a digital tour through the world we saw... at the time of writing this they apparently have huge anti-government protests in Warsaw. We made it back in time.
That was great (the trip I mean - the protests I know too little to talk about), but overall spring hasn't been quite as springy as usual this year. Not just colder than usual, but taxing man. Problematic.
After the recent setbacks with work and sickness it appears our greenhouse collapsed. Received the news via our friendly neighbor up North.
We usually get one or two glass panes broken by snow each winter, but this year the roof's gone entirely, and the frame's bent on one side. The glass sides seems to have shattered pretty much entirely.
Wonder if it's possible to enforce the frame with wood, and then just wrap it up with soft plastic... we'll find a way, I hope. Tomato, squash and cucumber plants have been growing well thus far, indoors. It's starting to become a challenge to fit them in the car for the long drive up to the place at which they're destined to grow and bear vegetable...
And in regards to the long drive: Dad's still sick. First it was me, then mom, then him, quite recently. All of us with that familiar fever and fatigue. We'd intended to take the drive this weekend but that's not happening.
In addition to that our air source heat pump (that big machine that re-circulates air and warms water) broke down. The company in charge can't troubleshoot before Wednesday this coming week - potentially it'll be longer before they can fix it, by which time at best half the week will have passed. It takes two days to drive up, and I have a return flight booked on Sunday, so best case I'd have just Saturday to fix up a week's worth of preparations before I fly back again.
My dad - clocking in at a commendable eighty years of age this year - is no longer keen on doing the drive up North by himself, so I'd planned to help this year, yet after the next weekend I'll be back South again, and the weeds are growing, and the grass is green, and we really ought to be getting started with the farm work at this point, but somebody needs to stay and see to it that pump gets fixed, so potentially I'll be driving up the car with mom, and then he'll take a flight up, and we'll meet at the airport as I'm headed back South again...
If he's still not alright by then, or the pump issue still isn't resolved, maybe we'd take the next flight back up together instead. Or we'd meet at the airport the weekend after instead - I'll be heading back South again then.
So far we've been taking things on a day-to-day basis. Can't plan ahead. Wait till the new day and see how everyone's doing then. Mom's better. Not great but okay. Mayhaps ready to travel soon...
It became clear the trip wouldn't happen this weekend at least, so now I'm hoping for Tuesday - since I work Monday, in which case he'll fly up at the end of the week, or the week after when I fly up North again too, or the weekend after that.
I put the roof box on the car today - which by the way was in for repairs last week too - it's had strange and sporadic fuel pump-related issues all winter - finally seems to be running smoothly again!
Wouldn't surprise me if something happens with the car during our drive up too though. If we get going this Tuesday it'll be the thirteenth.
Nothing's been ideal so far this Spring. Not my work-out regime, not work, not weather, not hobbies, not travel plans - have cancelled four flights already and I hope I won't have to cancel more. It's getting costly, my wallet's mossy, this spring's been... kinda saucy... as in running slow. Not the usual gas pump adrenaline flow.
Just remember that everything will be alright in the end, and if it's not alright it's not the end. Heard that from a wise man named Shia.
Let's get it. Whichever the best way possible is. One day at a time.
Summer's coming; may all be better then.