Do You See What I See?{7}

I think the dog is trying to tell me something. . .

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.

What do you see here? Do you see what I see?

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. . .

Ready to harvest! Chives for tomorrow's eggs. . .

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.

I let it grow in places I will walk. It smells so good crushed underfoot.

This Fire Bush (yes, it's planted in the vegetable garden) doesn't put on it's show until the fall but it's already getting ready.

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.

I couldn't get him to look at the camera. . .

 

 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.

 

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