Thursday, June 26, 2014

Garden Update: Month Three!!

It’s officially summer and our garden is ready for the season.  It is growing despite a bit of neglect the last couple weeks (I’ll get to that in a moment) and we’re seeing fruit sprouting from the branches of our tomato plants, a few cucumbers maturing and a bunch of ready-to-use basil, cilantro and lettuce.  This year’s garden is already far more successful than last year’s and even if it doesn’t turn out to be highly prolific, at the very least I’ve learned a lot and earned some experience points.

At the end of last month’s post, I mentioned leaf miners.  If you’re not familiar with them, they are the larvae of bugs - flies, moths, etc - that burrow into the leaves of plants and feast on the innards.  Not cool.  Almost every cucumber leaf is covered in the white trails they leave behind.  We also have a small colony of little green worms on our tomatoes that need to be evicted before they destroy my dreams of a garden-fresh caprese sandwich.  Luckily, my dad is an avid gardener and offered up some advice on pest control.  I’ll be making a trip to Home Depot this coming weekend to prepare for my battle against the bugs.

In other not-so-good news, I killed our rosemary plant.  Apparently, our dining table wasn’t a good home for it.  My back has been killing me the last couple weeks so everything suffered a little as I was in no shape to carry the watering can back and forth from the sink to the balcony.  Luckily, all the other plants bounced back and are growing just fine.  Another unfortunate fact is my failure to add any additional plants to our garden.  It’s only just become summer though, so there may still be time if I buy plants rather than sow new seeds.

My hopes for the next month are to harvest tomatoes and more cucumber.  I’d really love to post a recipe or two using ingredients from our garden.  And I know I keep saying this, but I’d also love to add some more plants - and color - to our garden.  We’ll see how it goes…

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Full-Time Everything??!

I must admit, as I was re-watching an episode of Rich Kids of Beverly Hills (I know, I know), I felt a bit jealous upon seeing Morgan Stewart’s ability to fully commit herself to her blog.  My worldly responsibilities are wonderful, but it’s definitely difficult to squeeze in writing time between work, three kids, household duties and everything else I’ve got going on.  It would be amazing to have time to just sit and write or, better yet, have the time to go out and experience and photograph things that inspire writing.

Blogging has been a little tough for me recently.  I’m back to work full-time and J’s going to school at night so I’m pretty much on all day with not much downtime.  When I do relax, my brain goes into hibernation and any attempts to wake it are mostly futile.  Although I feel like I could push my body further - wake up earlier, go to bed later - I don’t think my mind can handle working overtime.  Lack of sleep seems to cloud my thoughts making it pretty much impossible to compose anything.

I know if I really want this blog to be a part of my life, I have to make it another one of my full-time responsibilities.  I can’t afford to sacrifice my kids for my work and I can’t afford to sacrifice my work for my kids.  In the same way, I must be unwilling to sacrifice this for anything else.  Every duty must be it’s own full-time layer to my life.  Nothing squeezed in between anything else, but everything happening simultaneously.  I think that’s the only way to accomplish everything I want to do.

I don’t have the luxury of being a full-time blogger but I may have an amazing advantage in that everything I do, each layer of responsibility, adds another opportunity to write about something great, something important. 

This week’s, and my very first, Motivational Monday post is meant to inspire a “do everything” attitude in you (and me too!).  When you feel as if there aren’t enough hours in the day or that you have to give up one passion to pursue another, try your best to weave those things together until they are happening simultaneously and seamlessly.  It most certainly will be difficult, but I’m convinced that the outcome will be worth each and every effort.

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