There are some wonderful things happening in my backyard. The air has cooled, the grass has begun to turn green, and I have eggplants. Eggplants I never thought would be. Last spring I decided I wanted to grow vegetables in my backyard. I decided to build a raised bed. I decided I could grow vegetables that would survive 100+ degree Texas summers. I have always been stubborn. This is not a new trait. I planted squash, peppers, zucchini, okra, pumpkins and eggplant. I watered and watered. Half of everything I planted died in two weeks. The rest slowly shriveled over the next months of hellaciously hot weather, all but the eggplants. They grew, they flowered, and two days ago…. Bam! Three eggplants. I had been hoping for one, one $200 eggplant. I decided one would be enough for me to say it was all worth it. Worth the water, the money, and the time. I did not just get one, I have three! Maybe even a couple more on the way. I am so very proud. Proud that I did not give up, proud that I remembered to water daily. It was just the boost I needed. My first fall plantings are in the ground. There is kale, and broccoli, carrots and beets. Hopefully they too will make it. Here is to hope… and watering!