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A New Read, a New Vitamix, and Spring Gardening
mango pits went into a pot of soil and out in the sun this weekend. Aren’t they
that was no fun. I went through a health crisis in late February and through
March; nothing deadly, but a very painful and frustrating condition that
required a surgeon’s attention. Today is March 14, and I’m just starting to really
function again. There’s nothing like losing your health for a while to make you
appreciate the little things. And I know more about my body now than I did
before. Grateful to be past the worst of it.
reading The Snow Leopard, Peter Matthiessen’s account of his trip through the
Himalayas. My husband and I also got a little light spring gardening work done.
He tilled the food garden patch and put down some compost; I planted a long row
of greens (various lettuces, spinach, arugula, dandelion, chard, Italian parsley)
and a kale patch – all from Franchi seeds. I potted up some red and pink pansies
at our home’s entrance, and took the leaf mulch off the garlic patch. There are
some nice scapes coming up. I planted a large, long pot of parsley on the back
deck. We also did some clean up in the shed. And I planted two mango pits. I’ll
never stop trying for mango trees.
things often come of bad things. My amazing, beautiful, loving Mom felt so bad
about my health that she gave me my birthday present 2 months early. A Vitamix!
She included the optional grains container for processing dry foods like a
boss. It has the spotlight on our kitchen counter. I’ve been poring over the literature;
this is basically the only kitchen tool you’ll ever need. I feel like I won the
lottery! I’m so blessed.
is cold and rainy, but we’ve had some incredible weather until now. It actually
reached an impossible 81 degrees here one day last week. The days around it
were all in the 70s and sunny. This is very unusual for early March, and I fear
that the cool, wet weather is about the settle in for a while. There’s rain in
the forecast all week, with temperatures in the 50s. Boo.
think that, like last year, we’re going to be able to plant the annual food
garden earlier than usual. It would be amazing to have everything in the ground
May 1. I do think that our Zone 6 status here in Connecticut is morphing into
Zone 7. Which is all right with me. Summer can’t come soon enough.