With all of the changes and new developments around here I was feeling like I need to take some time to “shore up” my inner reserves, to reaffirm “me” as a person. I”m not usually inclined to ask for help even when I am sorely in need, and I was feeling pretty down about things the last few weeks (and lonely, to be honest) when help found me in a few different forms. New friends, new pets, new tasks and I am feeling more like myself again. And it’s a great time for it – SPRING! I couldn’t be more pleased with where I am right now, which is this:
I am a gardener!
This is a new one for me, actually. I’ve never had much of a green thumb, and over the years I am sure I’ve killed WAY more plants than I’ve grown. The older I get the more I realize I should’ve been a farmer. I’ve heard a lot of negative talk from people when I’ve said this before, along the lines of “That’s really hard work – it’d be way too much to handle!” or my favorite, “YOU? Are you kidding??” Well, heck. Do I really come off that lazy and incapable? Just because I am no good at handling a typical office type 9 – 5 doesn’t mean I couldn’t hack farm life. It has to do with what you find rewarding in life and what makes you happy. Of course, I am not a farmer, and we have no plans to buy a farm anytime soon (I kind of married the wrong guy for that, I think – I doubt Paul would be too interested in owning a farm!) for now I am a gardener.
These front beds have been planted with several types of tomato and pepper, and basil. I’m absolutely dying to get out back and get the squashes and beans planted.
The other front garden has plenty of flowers and herbs, including 2 types of thyme, rosemary, pineapple sage, cilantro, oregano, tarragon and lavender. There’s going to be an abundance of fresh salsas and pestos this year! Hooray!
I forgot to mention the massive amounts of lemon balm, too. It’s taking over. Anyone want any? Please?
Somewhere down the road a bit we’ll be putting in a small-ish greenhouse and I’d like to put one of those neat strawberry pyramids next to it. That, however, will have to wait until the greenhouse goes in (for landscape planning purposes), and the greenhouse, well, that ain’t cheap, and as it happens, we’ll need a chicken tractor first, because guess what? We have these:
Need a closer look?
There are 6 of them, 5 girls and one boy, and we are smitten.
I am a chicken lady!
I got these babies from a local chicken farmer who helped me pick out the friendliest, most docile breeds. In chicken speak, we have 3 Gold – Laced Wyandottes (1 of these is the roo), 1 blue Cochin, 1 gold Cochin, and 1 black Cochin. I can’t even tell you how happy I am with them! Which reminds me, I am also
A Bad Influence!
My friend and neighbor got some as well. I think she couldn’t take listening to me go on and on about the impending chicken arrival any longer! All of our kids are just over the moon with their new pets, and Emily has plans to keep a “chicken journal” to document their growth and development. Insert wide smile here.
Really, for me, this is the life. I love being domestic. I love growing things and caring for creatures and my kids (even though certain days I might not say that – like when Oona decides she cannot be any more than 2 milimeters away from me). I love old fashioned and vintage farm things – if I had the money and the space I’d collect antique tractors. I love wearing dresses and skirts with giant rubber wellies to work in the garden, and I don’t care if it all gets dirty. I love cooking and baking, especially giant fruit pies that are way too fattening but it doesn’t matter because they are yummy and good for your soul. (you know, until your soul starts gaining too much weight…..then it’s time to cut down on the pie)
I love sheep and their wool and knitting it. I will knit just about anything given the time to do so, but my favorite thing to knit is socks, because let’s face it, sock yarn is way cool.
I love to sew clothes for my kids on my 2 vintage Singer sewing machines.
I love to paint with oils. I also love taking pictures but I am still learning how to do that. I need to get a copy of Digital Photography for Dummies. I was pretty good with my trusty old Canon A-1, but film cameras seems to have gone the way of the dodo, and it is so much easier to unload your instantly viewable digital photos.
I am all of these things and far more, and I am always adding and subtracting as I grow and change and age. I think we should all strive to be like a good wine – getting better and more nuanced as we age. Don’t you?