Sorry for last week's photo, but as nearly as I can tell, the herb bed was untouched Saturday night. Sunday? We'll see.

Sorry for last week’s photo, but as nearly as I can tell, the herb bed was untouched Saturday night. Sunday? We’ll see.

The sun rose at 6:14 this morning and will set after 15 hours, 15 minutes and 34 seconds at 9:29 this evening. We’re still losing about 6 ½ minutes a day, and summer is definitely drawing to a close. After a cool, late spring and an unusually hot, dry summer we had our first frost advisory Saturday night. That’s right, frost. It’s not that rare in August up here, but the summer so far did not lead me to expect it this early.

Luckily I don’t think it reached here Saturday night, in spite of North Pole being rather notorious around Fairbanks for low temperatures. But the forecast for Sunday night is mid 20’s to low 30’s, and I’m not feeling up to digging out the begonias, or even getting the floating plant cover over them. I got most of the tender potted plants up against the house wall Saturday night, and I’ll just have to hope. Chemo really hit hard Sunday, and I didn’t even feel balanced enough to look outdoors, except through the windows. I hope the loss of balance is a side effect of the chemo I will get over!

I did manage to pick one oversized zucchini Saturday evening, and to get the cover over that bed, but I don’t have enough appetite to eat much beside yogurt and ice cream. As of Monday morning, I think everything’s OK, but I’m too weak to go out of doors.

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