Oh, ya, for sure this has been an exciting day. First thing this morning I took my very life in my hands by heading out in 18 degree weather with 40 mph wind gusts (I kid you not) to drive to the dairy for fresh milk products. No snow was falling which was a good thing because there were spots on the way where the wind was picking up the snow from old snow banks and blowing it across the road making near white-out conditions. (What month is this, anyway?)
Returning home I got a batch of cottage cheese started and finished that up just after lunch.
Then down into the basement I went to sort through the remaining stash of onions. They are really keeping remarkably well, but I did find about six or so that needed to go directly to the compost heap. Ish!
I should have plenty to last until this year's onions are ready. You can see I have about twice as many red ones left as I do yellow ones. The reason? See if you can follow my convoluted reasoning.
Prior to this past season, I've always planted three 4' x 8' raised beds out to yellow onions, and one to red onions. And no matter how I tried to portion out the red ones, I've always run way short of them. So, in an aha moment (duh), this past year I planted two beds of yellow ones and two beds of red ones. (How smart am I?) But, being so used to having to go easy on the use of the red ones (which I prefer in many instances), I think I did the same thing this year and . . . there you have it. I find I now have an over-abundance of red onions. Make any sense? It does to me and maybe one of these years, I'll learn that I now will have plenty of red onions and can use them as freely as I wish. (Oh, the difficulties I do make for myself.)
Yesterday I got the first of my seeds planted and under lights. There are cherry tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, and peppers. Nothing has sprouted yet. Just kidding, it's way too early. But that hasn't kept me from peeking several times today.
You'll all feel better knowing I got the Easter decorations put away today. Papa Pea wanted to know what I was going to put out next. I said, "Spring, of course." He commented it might be more weather-appropriate to go back to the winter ones.
Lastly, the really exciting thing that happened today (no foolin' on this one) was the package I received from your bloggy friend and mine, Susan at e-i-e-i-omg.
A beautiful pair of socks she knit for herself, but alas and alack, found them a titch too small for her footsies. We corresponded and thought they would fit me . . . and they do! She was so very kind to send them to me. I'm blown away with her even stitches throughout and just look at that tiny, intricate little cable running up the outside of each sock. I am surely one lucky little ducky to have received this pair of socks crafted with her talented hands. Thank you, my friend.
Well, with all of this excitement, I'll probably have to go to bed early again tonight. Shhhh, don't tell that old insomnia bogey man, but the last two nights I've slept straight through with no wakefulness in the middle of the night. Let's hope I'm on a roll. A long, long roll!
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what a great day you had! Thanks for sharing!
Onion soup is one of my favorites, and I usually use yellows for that. Could one use red unions I wonder? Or too strong? They sure are beautiful.
Your little feet will be warm and beautiful in those wonderful socks. Cable stitch always reminds me of my mother who was also a fabulous knitter. She taught me, but the only bit I enjoyed was cable stitch, I loved having to use that extra little needle to carry the stitches!
Here's wishing you a night of undisturbed sleep, one of those oh-so-elusive necessities of life.
I finally set up one seed light. And put some old tomato seeds in wet paper towels. But now I'm thinking I will move the seed light from the dining room to the basement. Which is probably an indication of my lack of enthusiasm.
I think I remember those socks from her blog! They look fabulous. Good job getting your seeds started. -Jenn
I was prepared to envy your mad skills if you were making beautiful socks like Susan! Lol
Lovely onions. I think I'll plan gardens today as I'm so tired of winter weather!
I have little luck with red onions. Please, Mama Pea - tell me what variety you plant? 3" of snow here this morning in NE Ohio. April is crazy pants!
wyomingheart - You're welcome!
Phil - I'm sure you could use the red onions for typical onion soup, but I wonder if the color of the end product wouldn't be a little off-putting? Would it be grayish?
My red onions are actually milder in flavor than the yellow ones. That's why I prefer them for salads, sandwiches, etc.
Elaine - That's funny about your enjoying doing cable stitches. It was a long time after I learned to knit before I got up the courage to try doing a cable. Once I did it, I was astounded it was so easy! And I had shied away from it for so long.
I had two good night's sleep and then last night, back to being awake for a couple of hours middle of the night. It's driving me crazy! :o(
SmartAlex - Now, now. What can we do to get you into the gardening spirit? The basement isn't a bad place for starting seeds . . . if it's warm enough. My dear grandpa (long departed to The Great Gardening Space in the sky) started all of his seeds in the basement under regular, old light bulbs!
Jenn - Yep, those are the ones! She does FABULOUS work and I'm proud to have them!
tpals - Susan's been knitting a pair a month . . . don't know how she does it with her limited time. These were knit from the toe up. Wonder if I could learn to do that as she now recommends that method.
Planning a garden is a great way to kinda sorta forget (for a few hours anyway) or yucky weather!
Kris - This "spring" season is driving all of us crazy. No new snow here but really cold weather with high winds. Ugh. Does not feel like April!
I've heard many people say they can't grow red onions but I've never had any trouble. The difference in soils maybe? I failed to make note of the variety of mine in my garden book (bad, Mama Pea, bad) and I'd have to go dig through the paid bills to see if I could find the variety so I'm no help on that at the moment. Sorry. I do purchase the sets (you know, the ones that look like little bulbs) rather than starting them from seed or purchasing already growing plants.
My comment went poooof!!!!!! -sighhhh-
Try again, wind and cold temps here too. -sigh-
Lucky you, to have received a lovely pair of hand made socks.
Your seed window looks delightful. Those little happily moist boxes. :-)
Better close, before it goes poof again!
wisps of words - The seeds seem to be happy, too, because both some of the broccoli and cauliflower have already sprouted. Yippee!
I am so glad they fit! And, heck, I'm almost glad it's cold enough to wear them. Almost. Same weirdness down here. Winter has got a death grip on us, it seems. You know, heehee, that trip to the dairy sounds like ammunition for getting your very own dairy goats...heehee. Is Papa Pea getting ready to throw something at me? Should I duck?
Congrats Mama Pea for pushing that insomnia bully aside!!! Wear those comfy warm socks to bed, they'll help you sleep snuggly! Susan is so sweet, what a nice gift! :) Wow...your onions! I'm envious! Oh gosh I hope I can buy a house next year lol...I really want to start a nice big garden. It's fun to do the containers, but I can't really feed us on container gardening can I? Papa Pea is right...bring out the snowmen for decoration lol! :)
Yup, I think the color might be strange.
Susan - No, no, no! Don't even talk about getting dairy goats! I'd like to in a heart beat, but here we are trying to down size to make our lives simpler and more balanced! Sometimes I think living the type life we do makes that impossible but we're really on a tear to do so.
Rain - You will be in seventh heaven when you have land and as much room to garden as you want. And I just know you're going to be very successful at it. Just think of all that green stuff you can grow in a healthy environment so you and Alex can eat as much of it as you want!
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