Sunday, May 31, 2009

catching up...

Uncle Dave, Sue, and Ruthie visit us in May...


Slide-show from trip to Leavenworth...


Friday, May 29, 2009

thoughts on gardening

First a quick thanks to Jenn for that encouraging post... Well, what have we been up to? Until last week my main concern in life was training for my half-marathon in June. I had no idea I could ever run 20 miles in one week. That is how I've been spending lots of my time. Running and being really tired and thinking a lot about sleep. But something new has entered into my life and given me a little break from my running shoes. It's called Spring in late May! Right now we are in the middle of our first official planting season. It is intense and I am loving it(I think). I am totally consumed with weeding and planning and purchasing(the best part) and planting. I should mention that my kids have been champion weeders! I have to say that we had obviously never grown anything before when we made all of our flower beds around the house. Landscaping is a term we'd heard of, but all we've ever been involved in is dirt because we moved every summer for so many years. Since I've always been excited for this day we made these really great wide beds everywhere so I could plant lots of beautiful flowers all around my house someday. So I've been trying to weed these huge huge beds and then I go to choose this perfect, reasonably priced plant and holy cow! I need thirty of them to make a dent. It is very satisfying work but I'm finding it is emotionally draining. I've been waiting my whole adult life to grow things and I'm finding that my yard/garden is one more thing that needs my attention and care. A couple days ago I glanced out my window and saw my maple trees, that we have been nursing along, looking positively withered up. I was on the move. I dropped what I was doing and ran out the door, grabbed a hose and ran down to my poor trees. When I was considering my reaction later, I realized that when I saw those trees it was like I saw my kid fall off her bike or something. It was that knee-jerk I'm-coming-to-rescue-you feeling. I'm thinking, What have I signed up for!? So I'm a mother of 4 investing myself into helping more things grow and nurturing more living things to reach their potential and feeling exhausted, why? Do I really need to be responsible and care for more than my house and my family and my primary kids and my friends and my dog? No, but I do want to garden so I'm sure I'll find the energy somewhere. And I'm sure I'll get something in return for all of this effort. Since I'm a first time gardener, it's just a mystery what it might be. I'll post pictures when we are all planted.