Our heavy snow fall of this past Monday is finally (nearly/almost) gone. The lack of sunshine all week has not made the process go fast, but warmer temps yesterday (in the 40s) did help the melting along quite a bit. Let's hope that was the end of winter and that spring will finally stay with us.
It will still be a few days, at least, before I can do anything in the garden soil, but we can get started on pruning the apple trees and picking up winter-fallen branches now that the yard is free of snow again.
Our back wood working area still has lots of standing puddles that are crispy-crunchy this morning with ice that formed over night. We have to get back on that project asap.
Our good neighbors are planning a visit soon with their son in Iowa where for the past couple of years they've been purchasing their started garden plants from a family-owned greenhouse. They've always offered to bring back any that I would like, but because I've started my own from seed, I've declined their kind offer.
Not this year. I am serious about making some changes toward a more balanced life (all work and no play, etc., etc., you know), so I've given them a list of plants I'd like. It's way too early to set the plants out so with Papa Pea's help I will have to set up a protected spot for the plants in our unheated, yet-to-be-finished space that will eventually be my seed starting/growing/potting room. Placing them on a rack next to a south facing window and making a quasi-greenhouse with plastic for protection should do the trick.
It feels very different this year not having started my own seeds, but I can already see the "extra" time it's given me. I feel guilty and incompetent for doing it this way, but as a good friend is fond of saying, "Get over it!"
We've found ourselves really making an effort toward that "happy medium" with more balance in all things we're doing. Yes, it's change and yes, it's hard, but because we're both wanting the same thing, I think it's gonna work.
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