Garden update…reporting from the jungle known as Julia’s back yard. This is a dangerous mission, the zucchini has reached a monstrous size, and the beans are strangling everything that is in their path. The sunflowers have grown above the reaches of the fence and are eyeing the neighbour’s pets. Tomorrow is September 1st, and fall is set to descend upon us with a thud…time to harvest, and clean up the garden. I’ve learned a few things from the garden this year.
1. If zucchini is left to grow unattended, it will consume every other plant…and small animals…in it’s way.
2. It is possible to grow beans here in the great white north…apparently global warming has an up side.
3. If you write the names of new herb plants on white plastic label stakes with a sharpie they will disappear, and the neighbours will be wondering what you are doing sitting in the middle of your garden, crying and sniffing all your plants.
4. Wow…does lemon balm spread. At least it has a distinct smell. (see lesson 3)
5. Have recipes on hand for green tomatoes…there will be more green than red…at least here anyway.
6. Plant extra because you will be feeding various other organisms throughout the summer.
I’m not sure if it’s because of summer, or people are just not interested, but the book club is a bust. I really can’t complain, because I have not been keeping up with the reading myself. The weather is too good, the children are out of school…I have a myriad of excuses on the ready. The truth is, I don’t think anyone really has the time. So for that one loyal person who may still be reading the book?…I will finish it, and please feel free to comment on the book club page…I would love to chat about it. O.K. that’s taken care of.
The garden is a jungle of leaves, vines, and sadly, weeds. I’m pretty sure there are vegetables in there somewhere. I have to spray myself with cancer causing chemicals…found in the form of mosquitoes repellent…in order to pick the vegetables I am trying to grow because they are healthier…hmmmmmm…I might want to look at that, lol. It has been so wet around here this summer that the mosquitoes are brutal, the vegetables are drowning, but the weeds love it…the garden has been a partial success.
September is right around the corner, so I’m in the process of making lists and scheduling activities. It seems to me that September First would be the better day for making new year resolutions…at least if you have children…that’s when everything starts again, and the house gets back to its routine. Everyone is too partied out in January to start anything new…they are still paying Christmas bills, and recovering from the party circuit. September is much better.
Oh I forgot the best part…CLAIRE IS BACK HOME SAFE AND SOUND!
I have a glut…a glut of jewelry, zucchini, and beans. I know they don’t sound like they belong together, but they are threatening to take over the house. I’ve been busy all week making new jewelry for my Etsy shop…and my garden has been busy growing zucchini and beans. I’m trying to improve my photos on etsy…according to those in the know, photos are very important. I agree, if there is something I buy on Etsy it is because it looks great and it has a good story, otherwise I move on. It does mean retaking five photos for fifty different pieces…it might take a while.
I don’t have to worry about weeds because the vegetables are so big the weeds are not getting any sun. Just what am I suppose to do with all this zucchini…the neighbour even asked me if I could use some of his…the nerve, trying to pawn it off on me.:) I’m thinking of setting up a little lemonade stand out on the sidewalk…a free zucchini with every drink. I can dehydrated the beans even though I have to do it in small batches, but there is only so much zucchini bread the family will eat. Oh well, I’m off to watch the olympics…I mean read my book for the book club.
I am a list person…I like to make list of things I have to do, want to do, ect. This would be great…if I could ever keep track of my lists. I’ve tried to write them in notebooks, even special pretty ones just for that. I’ve tried sticky notes…problem?…you have to remember where you stuck them. I’ve tried my phone…I can ignore things for over a year on the phone. I’ve written a list about where my lists are…”hun, do you know where my list of lists is?” Maybe if I put the list out there in the world I will feel more of a comitment to it…so here is a list of things I have to do this week.
Finish repairing Bear window for Cathedral for Sunday…easier then it sounds
Dehyrate glut of cherries…makes my hands deep red, but once in the dehydrator, I’m pretty much done.
Attack overgrown garden with machete…can’t see the dog when he is outside.
Finish preparing for the biggest craft sale of the year…have no idea how I’m going to get that done.
Write homily for church on Sunday…I wonder if I can wind this one?
Draw front cover of church leaflet…not sure this one is going to get done
Keep up with housework and other duties around the house…the family can stop laughing now
Have caffene introvienously injected into body…as long as I don’t have to go to the hospital to get it done, because I don’t have the time.
Sleep…right, this is probablynot going to happen because of nos. 1-8
The garden is calling me…it’s using foul language…I wish it would shut up. I’ve been neglecting the garden for the last week. It rained for three days last week which is very unusual for the prairies. The rain meant I got out of the habit of going out each morning to tend to the garden. It takes six weeks of repeadily doing something for it to become a habit…apparently that only applies to good habits, because the bad ones seem to only need three days. So in order to keep the garden from embarrassing me in front of the neighbours, I’m going to have to drag myself outside.
Three days of rain also means the grass is now almost up to my knees…I admit I am vertically challenged, but it’s still high. I don’t have a lot of grass, I prefer to have as much of the space as possible dedicated to growing. The dogs area is grass and as he is only nine inches high…he takes after me…I’m affraid he’ll get lost out there…I will have to call in a rescue team. Now I wouldn’t mind losing the cat out there for a few hours…remember, he’s evil…but he is bigger than the dog, so that won’t work. I could let it go for another week but then they would have to send in a rescue team for me…I guess I better take care of it.
I woke up the morning, dragged myself to the bathroom, looked in the mirror, and didn’t recognise the person looking back at me…she was frightening, hair standing up every which way, bags under her eyes, sallow wrinkly skin…it was awful. Once I realised it was me, I was even more frightened…I gave an involuntary yelp…Kathleen asked if everything was alright…I said yes, but really, it’s not. I’ve been so busy this week that everything, other than work, has been ignored…and wow does it show. I’m a wreck, the house is a disaster, the garden is over run with weeds, the animals are forming a union, and Kathleen looked at me yesterday and said, “do I know you?”
So this is it…time to pay attention to those people and things I say are most important to me…not that work isn’t, but I always have to remind myself it’s all about balance. Yes, I’ve been off-balance, in more ways than one. So today is about cleaning house…and lots of other things too. It’s about spending time with family and friends…and maybe a little time with myself. It’s about rescuing the garden, and breaking the rebel alliance among the animals. It’s about balance, have a great Sunday everyone.
In my quest to make myself and home healthier and more self-sufficient, I’m on the search for a dehydrator. I am trying to figure out if buying online is cheaper than buying at the local Earth General Store. I like the idea of supporting our local business…especially because it works hard to promote healthy responsible living. sometimes saving a few dollars are not as important then the statement you make with your dollars. I’m hoping the dehydrator will help to preserve some of the produce from my garden…of course right now all i have are some radish sprouts…obviously no rush to get that dehydrator. on the weekend the family was so busy running around we made a drive through the local “cancer on a bun” fast food restaurant…we all looked green about an hour later, yuk…should have just stay hungry. We will either have to plan better…bring snacks…or find a better place to eat.
On a lighter note, please visit my new Etsy site, http://etsy.com/shop/juliachristineglass, and let me know what you think. there is not a lot on there yet…but check back…I’ll have more from me and Kathleen.