I cannot say that I’m sorry to see this February go. I think I’ve been either down with a painful flu or sinus infection or trying to recover from them for more February then I have felt good. If anyone is going to catch whatever bug is going around, it will be me, but this has been worse then ever for me. I am ready to feel strong again. Even so, I managed to keep up with daily readings in the book of Mark for #NTin2018 and I was able to plant at least one sort of seed daily. Amazing!
On a happy note, my sister-in-law, Sheri has finished radiation therapy, hopefully forever. I planted sweet peas to celebrate. But on a sad note, her mother was just diagnosed with breast cancer. Damn Cancer!
I love planting seeds. In the past I’ve had marathon planting days, but with a full time job that was what I had to do. Loosing my job was extremely stressful but it has allowed a change of seed planting habit. Every day in February I started one small container of seeds. That was great! Even when I was “head-between-pillows” sick, I still got out in the fresh air for a few minutes. Hope my dirty hands counted as “grounding” (Thank you Patti!!!)
Baby its been cold! Its been rain, rain rain all month, when it hasn’t been snowing. Crazy! I’ve been so thankful for my greenhouse.
On the few days that the clouds parted and the sun shined, the greenhouse would heat up to 90 degrees F. On cloudy days, with a little bit of help from candle lanterns, it still heated up to the mid 60’s when it was in the low 30’s outside. Great for spring dreaming. It feels so good to get up in the early morning and see all of the food that has been started for this season on my kitchen table. Ray and I brought everything inside while it was still freezing at night. Broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, onions, onions, onions, celery and so much more. Outside the autumn planted garlic and fava beans are looking happy. The trees have been trimmed for the season, daffodils and crocus are coming up… there is so much more, life is good! Poverty feels like wealth when food is growing. The chickens are not any happier with the wet and snow then Ray and I are. Still, the old girls are giving us a few eggs. While we stay in Everett (we want to sell everything and travel the USA while we still can) I hope to provide a big chunk of our food for the year. That is the goal anyway.
Looking forward to the merry month of March with outdoor Pea planting (as well as potatoes and the first salads) and night time temperatures in the 40’s. Tomatoes and pepper seed will be planted in the greenhouse and I’ll celebrate my 61st birthday with bouquets of daffodils and longer days. OH, and we will be starting the book of Luke this month. Yea!
Debs… ready to trade in the wool socks for bare feet in the dirt (probably will not happen in March) and layers of sweaters for sundresses.