...around these parts. People do not want to believe that Monsanto is as bad as everyone is making them out to be. On two separate days, in two separate places, I was asking about the seed potatoes and no one knows anything. Now, I don't even know if they've been fooling around with potatoes or not, but I'm suspicious. And at the second place, where we have often bought seed in the past, I asked about where they get their vegetable seeds. They told me about some seed place in Missouri that gets their seed from different places. Asked me why I was asking and I said that I was making sure I didn't buy anything that came from the Monsanto Corporation. And that I knew that seed that came from a company called Seminis was owned by Monsanto. The proprietor told me that they weren't doing anything to garden seed..just farm crop seed. I said I wasn't so sure about that, and he laughed at me. "More conspiracy theory stuff" he said. "Maybe" I said, and whistled my way out the front door.
Here's the thing. I do not trust any money grubbing corporation with my health. None of them. That includes (often) pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, and giant medical corporations. It's just how I roll...
It has been absolutely gorgeous here. Even the rain was nice, and afterwards everything just went over the moon. The fruit trees are all 'abloom...the peaches are even leafing out now, with only faint wisps of the beautiful pink blossoms peeking through. The Japanese maple in the front yard that I brought from my house in North Carolina is full and red and looks to have grown another foot. The irises and the lilies are all getting big and beautifully green, the lilacs at the end of the driveway are blooming--I cut a small bouquet yesterday to bring into the house..they smell so wonderful. We have redbuds, dogwoods, and another tree I don't know the name of--all blooming and coloring up the landscape and hillsides. The myriad shades of greens and golds are stunning. I do love spring...
And beautiful in a different way are my garden beds, all topped with luscious dark brown composted manure. The grass needs mowing and I thought about getting out there to see if I can get the mower started...but I haven't done it yet. And it's already 2:30 in the afternoon. Almost time to start supper. Well--there's always tomorrow !
I'm thinking about making adzuki beans and rice for supper. That's a nice dish to make because there are a lot of different things you can do with the leftovers...like burritos. The big question is: do I go into town for buttermilk and make cornbread to go with ?? mmmmm....I love to throw a little chopped carrot and celery and garlic into the beans when they cook, and then right before they're done, throw in some ribboned kale too. It adds a sweetness and a lot of nutrition to the pot. And looks pretty (prettier with white beans, but, pretty enough with the little red beans too!)
We are planting some Christmas Limas (a pole bean) this year, and are making teepees of branches for them to climb. It's a really fun and very efficient use of space when you're planting. We'll dry them right on the vines, so they'll be a low maintenance crop. I adore lima beans...next year maybe we'll plant pintos, as they do well here too. But I have a lot of pintos in my pantry this year, so--limas it is !
The baby chicks are growing like weeds. I put some greens into their pen yesterday and they've eaten every bite. lol They're getting big enough to look a little gangly now--taller and more active. They are not, however being very cooperative about letting me hold them....grrr..
Guess I'll get out and do something. I'm feeling lazy and sleepy, after eating a baked potato and a pint of home canned green beans for lunch. lol Yes, my dears...I ate the beans RIGHT OUT OF THE JAR.. Didn't heat them or anything, and man--were they good. This is one of those days when I am reminding myself of the old woman who shall wear purple...remember her??
When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick the flowers in other peoples' gardens
And learn to spit.
You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickles for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.
But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.
But maybe I ought to practise a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.
~Jenny Joseph (1932 - ) Visit Jenny's WebsiteGet Jenny's Book at Amazon: "Warning: When I Am an Old Woman"
Oh, yeah. That's what I'M talking about.....
Have a grand Monday my dears!!!