Monday, April 12, 2010
Spring has definitely sprung...
Driving into campus today reminded me of that spring day and the fun we had at the flea market. A perfectly enjoyable day. Almost worth the terrible airplane flight into Hartford for that visit... the same flight which made 1,000 miles of driving not so bad in October of last year. :)
My venturing onto campus was necessary to borrow Christopher's car today. I met my friend for coffee, the first long chat after a winter of not feeling so well. Later, an hour was spent at my favorite nursery choosing a few veggies to plant tomorrow (lettuce, kale, and heirloom tomatoes) as well as two packages of heirloom seeds for string beans.
The unusually warm April weather has turned the nursery upside down with signs warning what to do if temperatures return below freezing. It is much earlier than I would normally plant tomatoes but the heirloom varieties were already getting picked over. Only a few herbs were available, most not ready for a couple of weeks. It's awfully warm to be planting the cold weather crops normally planted right now. Go figure...
I picked up hubby for a trip to Menards. I love Menards... not as much as a bookstore but close. My father built houses for a living and my husband has a degree in wood technology (furniture engineering). Our guests threw sawdust at our wedding instead of rice. :)
Places like Menards have lumber and glue and hammers and nails and garden stuff and electrical stuff and plumbing and all kinds of things that could drive a creative person into a tizzy. Sigh... we left with a new filter for the well, oil for the lawn mower, and wooden sticks to write what I'm planting tomorrow... particularly when planting seeds.
So, we will all do our best and carefully watch the expected low temperatures. Tomorrow I will plant beans and tomatoes and "cold weather veggies" and one orange mint plant (thinking that had better go in a container?). Hubby will build the remaining raised bed soon. Hopefully in time to plant an herb garden and strawberries.
New life, the expectation that seeds planted will become heirloom green beans canned in August (or July this year?). The remarkable miracle of seeds and tiny plantings growing into dinner someday. Once again... the dream of Eden. :)
Today I won't think of weeding or constant watering or making certain little furry creatures do not get past the fence. That is for another day.
Picture: Under the Sunflowers; allposters.com
Posted by Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks at 8:55 PM