Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Dreaming of Warmer Days

Winter is the time of promise because there is so little to do - or because you can now and then permit yourself the luxury of thinking so. Stanley Crawford

This is how I feel everyday lately - l feel like I have little to do because I cannot get outside. There is plenty to do inside so I'll have to be content with what I have going on inside. The ole weather man is telling us there is a 'substantial' chance of snow on Fri. He is saying 'conditions are stacking up for more snow than we've had in 25 years' - well that part can be exciting.

Our hours at work have been cut - barely getting 29 hours. Don't know when things will change. The trickle down effect is that my bills aren't getting paid properly. Lots to worry about. This also creates more spare time but this is not useful now - I can see where it could be in spring. More time to garden. This also means less money to spend on the gardens. Some things will have to make me a little more creative.

This is what I do everyday when I come home. I drag out the seed trays, seed starting mix and line up the seeds I want to start. I stare at it for a while before putting it away for warmer days ahead. I expect maybe 1 or 2 more weeks I'll start these tiny little seeds. Ya know isn't it beautiful to stop and think how these tiny little seeds can grow so big and absolutely stunning flowers.

These are the seeds I plan to start first. Snapdragons, lupines, foxglove, Lupines Russell Strain mix, Shasta Alaska Daisy and Johnny Jump Ups Viola.

Even my gloves are waving me on. "I need some fresh dirt on me" You know the commercial where the dirty mop is trying to get you back from the 'Swiffer'. This is my version.

I have to be content with some plants indoors. The house plant here is needing to be separated. Have to save this project till I can buy me some potting mix.

My broccoli is really looking good. The seedlings are getting bigger and stronger. I've been feeding them every 2-3 weeks with a light mixture of all purpose plant food.

The lettuce is also doing well. Can't wait to make a salad. This is my first experience with lettuce and broccoli.

In the meantime the shelving awaits a mess of seeds.

That's all my ranting for Wednesday. Ya'll stay warm and cozy and have a nice day.

Don't forget to sign up for the give-a-way on the previous post. I will be drawing in the morning and sending out congrats. OK


Chicken Boys said...

Sorry to hear about work. Hopefully it will pick up soon. I hope you are feeling better. I hope the meds have helped. Thinking about you.

Darla said...

Your hours being cut is all the more reason to start more veggie seeds...your seedlings are looking great...can't wait to see your shelving unit covered in trays..
I do pray your hours will increase Becca!

Roses and Lilacs said...

Hi Becca, we had our hours cut here too. It's hard getting by on 20% less.

I'm winter sowing this year so I will be planting my seeds very soon.

Daisy said...

Your broccoli and lettuce are looking great! Anticipating starting all those seeds and imagining them turning into flowers really gives you something to look forward to. Not too much longer and you'll be able to do just that!

Tom said...

I think a good old rant now and then can be such a good thing Becca, I try to have at least one a day... ;o)
Sorry to hear about the decline in your working hours.... it can be really hard to cope with at times.... you seem to have the right mental attitude to face up to it... but I do hope things pick up for you and everyone else soon...

All the very best Becca, and a big thank you for comingover to my blog as often as you do... thanks ;o)

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

It is so hard resisting to plant those little seeds before their time isn't it. LOL! I keep sorting through mine too adding to a few starts but I am chomping at the bit to get at them all.
Your broccoli looks wonderful Becca. Hope you are felling much better now.

Rosemary said...

All your seeding gives one hope that spring is not that far away.
6 inches of the white stuff here last night. Brrr.

Darla said...

Becca, we still have the header challenge, where we change the headers on Wednesday around 2:30 - 3:00 p.m. Sometimes we post photos of the theme early in the day to taunt the others, lol.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

Sorry to hear about your work. It is hard having more time than things to do with it. You're right, in spring you'll be glad to have the time outside.
Too early for me to start anything inside too.
Your seedlings are looking very healthy. Won't you love eating the broccoli and salad that you grew from seed?!

Deb said...

your plants are really growing...hopefully your work will pick up soon...

English Cottage in Georgia said...

The vegetables look fantastic. You certainly are getting a start on the garden, I can understand why are you anxious to get out and - really- dig in the dirt.
Hoping and praying that things recover economically for all!

Ginger said...

Your broccoli and lettuce look great! Good job!!

Jan (Thanks For Today) said...

Good luck with your seedlings;-) I hope you'll have lots of veggies from them.