Saturday, February 16, 2008

The Seeds Are Here!!

Yahoo! My seeds and starter kit arrived yesterday! I am so excited to get going. I have been waiting and waiting and waiting for evidence that spring is really on it's way and now, I have in-hand my proof. The seeds are here. I was also able to get some netting to hang from the pergola for our cukes and peas this year. No more ugly A-frame that turns the grass under it brown. I can't wait!!

Friday, February 15, 2008

In Praise of Diet Coke

Ah, yes, it's the lenten season again. It snuck up on me again this year -- doesn't it always? So as I rushed to find a sacrifice for this year, it struck me: I love my Diet Coke. Yes, I know it is filled with chemicals and bone-dissolving minerals and will probably be the death of me, but I still love it. I don't smoke; I don't own a gun; I wear my seat belt; I eat my fruits and veggies, many of which I grow at home; I turn off extra lights and we recycle. This is my one vice. And I miss it. And every time I see someone having a Diet Coke (yes, the name brand is important. Pepsi just isn't the same.) or have the inspiration to go get one, I remember the sacrifice that Christ made for me, and look forward to the coming of Easter, when I will pour myself a very large Diet Coke with Lime and savor the resurrection of our Lord.

Thursday, February 14, 2008


So I had my mammogram. Wow, and double wow. It was really as awful as they say. The good news is, there is probably nothing going on; the bad news is they are not positive and would like me to come back in 6 months for more torture. 

Seriously, after an hour and a half, 15 x-rays and two swipes with the ultrasound machine they were "pretty sure it's nothing, but there is a possibility that there is a tiny spot in there." So all that for a wait and see. But my mind is much more at ease. I am certain that there is really nothing there. We'll see if they can find new ways to torture me in six months. :)

Saturday, February 09, 2008

I've Been Tagged

How fun! I've been tagged by a good friend. Here's how it works:

Pick up the nearest book of 123 pages or more.
Find page 123.
Find the first five sentences.
Post the next three sentences.
Tag five people.

So here are my sentences from (how embarrassing to admit it) Digging Deep, Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening, by Fran Sorin:

"The boundaries in your brain literally stretch. By mentally trying on or rehearsing something, it actually becomes part of your wiring. For instance, a skater who mentally goes through her routine over and over the night before her competition is doing much more than  just memorizing it. She is carving the experience of it into her hardwiring, making it a part of her conditioning."

Ok, so I posted 4 sentences. It's just like me to bend the rules isn't it? The book is a bit hokey, but it was a super resource for the garden blessing we used in last year's church garden. I posted about that day here, for those who want a little refresher. The other book choices were 75 Exciting Vegetables For Your Garden, and The Bountiful Container -- both of which, oddly, had the subject of leeks on pages 123.

And speaking of gardening, I am dreaming (and drooling) about this spring. I've ordered our seeds and plants, I'm planning the positioning of new beds, researching the starting of seeds indoors, doing a little reading, and generally willing the winter weather to pass quickly so I can get outside again soon. And if we are lucky, we may actually be able to put in our patio this spring. But this seems too good to hope for, so I am trying not to think too much about it, incase I have to be crushed by the fact that it won't be able to happen so soon.

Our church, too, is going to have a garden again this year. It makes me so happy. I can't wait to read all about the changing garden in our journal again. I think we will also plan a harvest meal for mid-summer. Seems a bit more appropriate than our fall timing last year. All I can say is, what was I thinking? Here's to summer and big juicy tomatoes.