The heat has finally broken and we have gotten some relief from the drought. I love this weather - cool at night, comfortable all day in the 70's, low 80's. I am still mourning the loss of so many things in my yard due to the drought but I can't do a thing about it. In the spring, I'll know for sure how much has been lost.
I have been eating on more of a schedule and getting to bed at a decent hour and that has really helped my efforts. I have step aerobics this morning and then will be helping replant the large flower pots on the four corners of the main intersection in town with mums. I will be taking the geraniums we remove to save for next year. I have pretty good luck keeping geraniums over the winter in my mom's basement. One of the men on our garden tour for next year says he just puts them in a paper bag for over the winter. I have heard of hanging them upside down to save them. I just usually pack them tightly into a tub and my mom will splash some water on them occasionally for me when she is in the basement. In the spring they are stringy but perfectly alive and ready to snap off starts and then replant the main plant - you might try it.
The old wive's tale about bringing plants inside before the September wind blows on them is true. I heard it on a radio talk show about gardening or read it in a magazine. It gives them time to adapt to the indoor environment before the house heat is turned on. I will bring in my Christmas cactus on the first day of October and begin watering them. That usually encourages budding. They just get rain and whatever they get from the sprinklers all summer. Do not turn or move your Christmas cactus after it starts budding or the buds will fall off. They are very touchy.
Yesterday's eats were my usual muffin for breakfast, tuna salad on Wasa crackers for lunch with a little dark chocolate for dessert, and then nuts and a banana for supper - not too exciting but then I tend to eat basically the same things a lot. I will get in a few more vegetables today. As long as I try a new recipe a couple times a week I'm good. I have been getting hungry to the point of the dull headache. It may just be something I have to endure. I get in my water pretty easily. My back was really sore yesterday for some reason so I didn't exercise.