There is magic afoot. Always this time of year, even though we yo yo in and out of chilly and warm weathers. In a matter [of what seemed like] hours, green started showing up in the grass, tiny bits of green here and there. At the same time, trees in the backyard started budding and there are already little casings and seeds falling to the ground. As you can see in the picture, the surprise lilies are popping up too. Spring...finally. 2 days ago, it was 76 and I sat in the back in my favorite old metal lawn chair with my shoes off and my feet on the dirt. Yesterday I went to our annual Spring Equinox celebration and it was too cold to plant the peas. lol We all were bundled up and trekked over to the community gardens and went into the greenhouse to see the seedlings and listen to a young man talk to us about permaculture and sustainability. A young hippie looking guy. lol I talked with him a bit about hugelkulture and made sure he had our phone number and later in the spring we will have him out for supper. Oh..I am so sly in my old age ! lol
I am still fretting and fussing about the honeysuckle and my better half says not to worry, "...you can't kill that stuff". But I've never seen it all look so brown. Todays high is forecast to be only 41, but at least it's sunny out there. Tomorrow will be 50, back to 35 on Tuesday, and then it looks like a warming trend from there on out.
People asking asking--if I have my garden in yet. A resounding NO as usual. I just do not ever plant (except maybe potatoes and usually not even them) until mid to late April. It's just not worth the risk of losing them to frost (or flood, lol), which is entirely possible here until mid-May. We have such a great long growing season here that there is no reason to rush it. Besides, the gardening/canning/preserving season goes on plenty long enough for me. lol
I have been doing some fun-ish stuff since my cast came off and I have a little more freedom. I bought about 8 pounds of strawberries the other day for 99 cents a pound and made strawberry shortcake with about a pound and a half of them.
Lovely, isn't it ? I used Mary's scones recipe, sweetened it up a bit more, patted it out a bit thicker and then sugared the tops before baking. O.M.G. It was so good.
Then the rest of them got the stems taken off, washed well and then individually quick frozen on a large cookie sheet. This morning I took them out of the freezer and put them into zip lock bags. All ready for smoothies or dessert or whatever.
Earlier in the week I decided to try a recipe I found for fermented carrots. Along the line of the kimchi, but only carrots, garlic, a little red pepper and rosemary. Aldi's had organic baby carrots on sale and that was perfect because I didn't have to much chopping. (Yes--my right hand is still pretty weak and sore). They LOOK beautiful, I just can't wait to taste them They are on Day 4 (I think) of the fermenting process.
Other than that, it's been a cycle of chiropractor, orthopedics and trying to get my house cleaned up.
I am feeling pretty anxious for the season to change and hoping some of this arthritis pain will go away when it warms up. I'm tired of not feeling good, and hurting all the time. Way tired. This has been a rough winter.
These are the visions I have in my head:
Sigh....soon enough....soon enough...