Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Yin and Yang

The yin and yang symbol shows a balance between two opposites with a portion of the opposite element in each section.
~  I have a list of creative/fun projects I want to do these winter
*   I'm lacking the impetus to do any of them. 
~  The unseasonably warm weather and melting of the scant
     amount of snow we've gotten these past couple of months
     makes it easy to get around outside.
*  The perpetual dampness has gone straight to my bones.
~  My enthusiasm for planning this year's garden and ordering
     seeds has burst forth.
*   Have you noticed how much the price of seeds and postage
     has gone up?!
~  We had a wonderful visit with our California family during
     the middle of the month.
*   I have yet to get back to any semblance of my regular routine.
~   I've had plenty of time to shop, research, compare prices
      and purchase products online which we've needed for some
*    I hate shopping, researching, comparing prices and
      purchasing products online.
~   All in all, everything is fine and dandy.
*   There's a distinct chance I don't know what I'm talking


Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

I was shocked at the shipping costs for garden seeds recently. Only one had free shipping. I am feeling pain in my elbow with our weather. I fell and landed on my elbow recently, so the work around here is slow going. January went by way too fast. I'm hoping Feb will slow down a bit.

Mama Pea said...

Pioneer Woman at Heart - Well, February has that one extra day in it this year so let's hope it feels longer! I'd be all for that. ;o)

Katie C. said...

I love this. I feel like this a lot. One cheerful voice in one ear and one negative Nelly in the other. So I do neither. 🙄

The one thing I have been doing is forcing myself to take a walk several times a week. I’m doing Weight Watchers (again) (huge eye roll) so I get food points for that.

I haven’t even looked at the seed catalogs yet. Someone posted a picture that the stores are starting to get their seeds in. How long do you think the seeds in opened packets last? As in years. I have a bunch though I do need more.

- Katie C.

Mama Pea said...

Katie C. - I have kept seeds viable for years. Last season I planted 8 year old seeds that germinated. It does depend on the particular kind of vegetable seed though. I keep my opened packets in a screw type jar in a cardboard box on the bottom of a cool closet. I think that all helps a lot. Yay for your regular walks. Keep up the good work at losing those extra pounds that seem to arrive uninvited! (And they stay sooo long. :o\)

Michelle said...

I'm so sorry the usual snows of winter continue to elude you! I would imagine that brings a subconscious unease that affects everything. I have no advice, I'm just glad you and yours are okay.

Mama Pea said...

Michelle - Yes, I think you've hit the nail on the head by saying it "brings a subconscious unease." For many reasons. I may be the "odd man out" though as most folks around here say they're so glad they don't have the heavy snow to contend with. Of course, we are okay, but what are the effects of it all for the near future? The landscape today on our little homestead looks just like mid-April rather than early February.

Mama Pea said...

Goatldi - Thanks, my bloggy friend. I can always count on you for wise words that pull me back to the realities of life we all have to deal with . . . and must be met with positivity and common sense. (If there's any common sense left these days!) :o)

Tim B. Inman said...

"To make God laugh, Plan Your Future."

And so it goes. The older I get, the more difficult it seems to just 'enjoy the day' and move on. I plan too much! But, each day does move on, and I'm moving with it. This year's garden motto (again) is 'More Flowers, Less Food.' I can only eat so much, but I can enjoy blooms infinitely.


Mama Pea said...

Tim - Yep, we do just keep going on going on, don't we? And when I hear of the problems others are dealing with these days (some of their challenges are more than I'll ever have to face), it makes me so very appreciative of my life. Opposite of your plans for your garden, I'm planting more food (well, more varieties anyway) because I think I'll have my daughter in the kitchen making good use of all I grow. Hope it works that way because I can't do both (produce and use) as well as I'd like to!

Rosalea said...

You have pretty much put words to the way I feel as well!
This winter is the worst ever....Can't take much more of these very mild temperatures and grey skies. Does the sun still exist??? I feel that we have been robbed. I guess there is still time for some winter weather, here's hoping.

Mama Pea said...

Rosalea - And I think you've even had more snowfall than we have! (Still not enough, I realize.) Each day more open ground appears. I know I've often heard that we, here in our particular location, often get our maximum inches of snowfall in the month of March but it's often a wet snow that melts quickly. At this point, we will take whatever we can get, eh? At least we haven't had frigid temps with no snow cover. I can't help but wonder what this dry winter will do to trees, plants, soil, insects, etc. :o\

Rosalea said...

"Eh", Mama Pea? You do live close to the border!!
Agreed on the toll this may take on the plants and critters, although the above ground critters are probably OK with it!

Mama Pea said...

Rosalea - Ya sure, you betcha! I agree re the above ground critters. We're waiting to see a bear that has come out of hibernation extra early!

Nancy In Boise said...

I hear you! Sometimes I just vegetate

Mama Pea said...

Nancy - 'Tis the season for vegetating. Or at least it's easier than in summer time!