Oh, I’m a great one to be concerned about causes! And my family certainly draws me into many: education in Haiti, enforcing gravel pit regulations in Ontario, all sorts of local and worldwide environmental issues, pet rescues….
This time though, my son passed on a blogger’s post because he knows that I’m a knitter, that I registered with Ravelry (a knit and crochet web community) years ago, and that the issue might appeal to me. This is a cautionary tale! (always read the fine print!) Read on about The Great Penguin Knitting Fiasco here – and laugh! http://www.giantflightlessbirds.com/2011/10/the-great-penguin-sweater-fiasco/
This weekend we will be turning our clocks ahead…”springing forward!” as they say. Well, I am ready. It has been a very cold winter, and we are running out of firewood for our wood stove. We have work to be done, cleaning up after a brutal ice storm at Christmas time…
There have been jokes passed around to entertain us, but the humor has worn thin by now.
There have been wild turkeys scavenging for food on our property…which means they are hungry. There are no patches of green yet for them to explore…
I won’t mind a little morning darkness. Having the evenings brighter is already a big improvement. But, as you can see, we are in need of COLOR! I have done my best to perk things up indoors. Along with groceries, tulips are a necessity.
There are a couple of late Amaryllis buds which give us some excitement still.
Other blooms are entertaining us now indoors.
A small clematis…
and the Abutilon.
I’m here to say that for me, nothing will match the excitement of the first real outdoor shoot to show itself!
This prettiness only greets us occasionally.
Something must be done to combat the winter gloom! We are running out of fire wood and the propane people are late once again in filling up our tank. There are 10 acres of serious tree damage to clean up (at great expense) after ice storms, and the wildlife is munching happily on anything above the snow’s surface. They even eat roses and Berberis.
The drought reports from California don’t bode well for food prices which are already high. I followed a blog report (http://www.mariasfarmcountrykitchen.com/5-reasons-why-this-is-the-most-important-year-ever-to-start-a-garden/) which lists five solid reasons to prepare well for a vegetable garden this year. As the author states, she “realized how Noah must have felt when he decided it might be a good time to build an ark.” Then too, that climate chaos I mentioned above is listed as one of her 5 big points.
I’m sold on having a garden. I even have seeds to start. (beets, Brussels sprouts, kale, chard, carrots, green beans, tomatoes…) But I have concerns:
* I may need to travel before planting time, when danger of frost has ended. Who would care for the seedlings while I am away? (There is no way of knowing an exact date for my trip.)
* What vegetables make sense to grow? I have asparagus and rhubarb already.
* What vegetables freeze easily? (I hate cooking in August!)
* Apart from being beautiful, what do we really use! And will my garden truly be a money saver?
I have time to think this over before starting seeds. I think a party of gardening friends may be the solution! Then again, it just occurred to me that perhaps the garden could be planted at my travel destination, and not at my own home. Perhaps I could buy young vegetable plants upon my return… Lots to consider.
It’s Valentine’s Day, and the Valentines in my garden are white, because I love white flowers. These are from May 2013. I am getting rather tired of the white snow though…
Perhaps your Valentines are chocolate?
PS: This was my surprise from the doughnut monster!
Today is my husband’s birthday. We were talking about age this morning, and so this is how the seventies look for us. (Thank you Rebecca!)We look back on 65 as youth! That was when one had lots of choices. Health was no problem, children were settled into their grooves, and our parents were no longer worries, just memories. What would we enjoy doing? In our case retirement seemed a poor choice for DH. He enjoyed his work and it often involved travel, which was a big plus! Our home was well suited to our our life styles. There was a pattern to our lives…with independent projects and hobbies for each of us, lots of conversation, friends to share our thoughts with and our pets to enjoy.
But 70 marked a change which began gradually with health issues for us both. We both remain active in the areas we find important, but upkeep of the property has become more challenging. And so the question of how we spend these next years arises once again. Unwisely perhaps, we postpone the decisions. The finances are reviewed regularly and are pretty much in order. Sure, there are other details that need attention.
But. We are now the parents that we used to worry about. When to give up driving? When to see the doctor? When to retire? Where to retire to? The children are both pretty wise. (for middle-aged kids!) Fortunately, both are good listeners and keep in touch from their distant locations. We parents and our offspring include and support each other…and that is what this journey is all about.
I find the seventies to be a time where there remains deep concern over global issues as well as the more emotional issues involving family and fine friends. Although we are each involved in both spheres, my husband tends to concentrate on his research and on environmental issues, while I tend to be more attentive to listening to difficulties within the family and the problems of friends in third world countries. It works. Sure we have had deep worries and our share of sorrows. But we certainly have had many joys as well and look forward to plenty more!
It looks like retirement is now a likely option. One by one, we will be ticking off items from the big list of when to do what. How wonderful that we have options!