On Sunday, I got this present from my dog. He delivered it directly to my lap (top). If you look very carefully you can see that it was exactly noon. I think he was trying to tell me to get off the computer, get out of the chair, and get out into the yard. I think he was trying to tell me to stop thinking and start doing. I think he was trying to tell me that life (and beautiful weather) are far too precious to waste by sitting in the house under a blanket, staring at a screen, when instead you could be out in the world being a force for creative good!
Or he may have just wanted me to throw the ball. . .
Since it was exactly noon when the dog convinced me to get up and get moving (to be fair I had already made breakfast for the kids AND done some sheetrock repair in the kitchen for an upcoming project – can’t wait to share!) and I came back into the house at 6:00pm, it’s easy to calculate how many hours I was out there. I spent the whole day in the vegetable garden. Yes. It’s that time of year. At least I think it is. Last week I was wearing short pants and flip flops and today I’m wearing a hat and a scarf. There is a chance of SNOW on Saturday. . .but I’m sure you’ve heard enough people comment on the crazy weather. In any case, there is almost always work to be done in a vegetable garden. And I went out there and got started. It was a fantastic day. I have the sore muscles to prove it.
I see an incredible amount of potential. Really I think this is probably the most exciting time of year out in the garden. It’s all about the possibilities. Do you think it looks barren? Empty? Stark? Well, I know there are no plants growing yet but there aren’t any weeds either. Maybe I’ll just keep it this way this year. . . But actually, I can show you what I really see. If you look closely there is already so much going on in the garden. Look. . .
Do you know what this plant is? I did actually plant some a few years ago but now it just grows wild. It pops up in the nooks and crannies. Want a hint? It rhymes with hint.
Do you think this guy is cute? I do. My daughter just couldn’t believe I was taking a picture of a slug. I guess I shouldn’t be happy about a slug in my vegetable garden but to me, he is just a sign of life out there.
Take a walk out in your own yard. You might be surprised at what you find. Do you have a vegetable garden of your own? What are the most important things you grow? What do you look forward to the most? Maybe you belong to a CSA and you look forward to your weekly pick up. What’s your favorite? I’d love to hear from you.