So I had this idea that this post would be about appreciating the little things, like the funny little chickens in our garage at the moment, or the pretty little primroses that just bloomed in the front garden. But I realized that someone around these parts (who may or may not have fallen asleep on the window bed with Jasper and then fell victim to a drive – by picture taking) would not agree with me that these are little things. Not because I have in some way underestimated their size or importance in the scheme of day to day life, but because how much work and money it cost to get to these little things. Of course, my take on this is that if you look at things that way all the time then pretty much nothing is a little thing.
I had to stop working, birth a baby, wait for her to be old enough to reasonably manage and do a bunch of research before I could get my little chickens.
We had to save up a bunch of money, buy a Bobcat, wood, a bunch of dirt, stone garden edging, pea gravel and lava rocks (and other various and sundry supplies) to get those little primroses.
Still, I like to think I am all about the little things. Maybe it is more appropriate to call them simpler things. I don’t know, but I can’t even tell you how excited I am to have basil and tomatoes growing right now, because it means PESTO! Those 6 little chicks? Four of them are going to grow up to reliable egg-layers! And that makes me happier than any new shoes or cars, let me tell you (don’t tell Paul that last bit about cars…..I’m still waiting for my poor deer – smashed sedan to be up and running so I can be at least occasionally rid of the van).
You know what else? I am smitten with Smitten Kitchen. If you haven’t checked out her blog, it’s rather stellar, as far as I am concerned, and I am happily in the midst of trying out her chocolate babka recipe. I cannot wait to see how it turns out. I’ll let you know…..but I love babka, so I can’t promise I’ll be saving any to share!
Adding to my list of simple pleasures: I finished the Yard Sale Skirt from Weekend Sewing. I am really liking the Heather Ross fabric I used (which is sadly out of production now) and though in the picture I look a bit Oompa-loopa-ish (blame the photographer) it is very comfy.
Okay so I cropped most of myself out of it. Call it blogger prerogative. Maybe when I order my copy of Digital Photography for Dummies I’ll pick Paul up a copy of Photographing Your Wife And Not Making Her Look Huge and Lumpy in the Process for Dummies. I’m sure they stock at least one copy of it at Amazon.
Anyhoo…..the spot in which I am standing in this photo (not like you can really tell, actually) is where we have staked out the veggie garden. We have all the chicken wire, a new spigot post and hose, and stakes, all ready to go. We would’ve had it all complete and planted this weekend except that with all of the rain we got the darn ignition got shorted out on the Bobcat, and well…….you can’t till up huge square footage of earth like that without equipment. Well, you can, technically speaking, but we’re not gonna. Instead we’ll be renting a nice big tiller Saturday and getting it done. Finally. Before it gets too darn late in the season to get my squash, peas, beans and watermelons into the earth.
And as for that person who thinks that my little, simple things are actually large, complicated things ?
He’ll be needing a nap first.