- Why did I start a new business the year I was pregnant with twins?
- Why did I start a new business that involves a lot of physical labor?
- What made me think that things would get "easier" once the twins were born?
- What was I thinking when I figured I could start thousands of plants, from seed, inside my house?
- What was I thinking when I started tomato plants at the end of February?
- Why didn't I start the flowering plants at the end of February?
- Why can't I remember appointments day to day anymore? (We've had way too many conversations about overlapping appointments. "Oh, Saturday as in TOMORROW Saturday? Uh oh!")
- When am I going to sleep through the night again?
- Why am I filled with so many great ideas that I can't follow through on? (Making yogurt from scratch sounds cool! Wow! Cheese, too?!)
- What was I thinking when I thought using fish emulsion as a fertilizer inside my house would be a good idea? A house that contains cats?
- Why can't these babies sleep when I want them to sleep?
- Who is this almost seven year old that can't seem to hear my voice anymore?
- Will I always feel like I need help and can't get anything done?!
The twins were, as you may have guessed, fussy today.
I got them down for their first nap at 9:42 and they woke up again about 15 minutes later and wouldn't sleep for ages. Round after round of nursing, playing, feeding, jiggling and attempting to put them down. I really hope they're so tired that they sleep through the frickin' night. However, it's probably a vain hope.
Fortunately for me, Heather came over and saved the day. Even though we only got a little bit of work done (Do you have any idea of how many tiny little plants I have that need pricking out and potting on?! Neither do I, but there are hundreds of them!), it was good work. It was a nice day, we continued to work on hardening plants outside, and we potted up ~50 Greek Oregano and spearmint plants. I watered some number of plants. I even managed to pull a few weeds (I have even more weeds than I have started plants. Whee!) in the garden.
By the way, in case you've ever wondered: gardening and farming don't mix real well!
You'd think they would, since one is a smaller scale than the other, but they don't, really. What happens is the farming gets bigger and bigger and absorbs all of your waking time and thoughts, leaving you with no energy for gardening. Then you watch the slow, steady creep of weeds into your flower beds, causing you to tear out your hair and rend your garments in frustration. If only the weeds would Wait! You'll be right there! Right after you finish this thing over here. Oh, but this thing logically leads to that thing and next thing you know, the weeds are throwing little block parties and inviting more of their ugly, brutish friends to come on over and they're smashing windows and destroying property values.
Somewhere in there, you remember that you promised the family you'd grow them some vegetables and you have to make good on that promise, so you go shopping for yet more seeds.
Here's what I picked up:
- Scallions (My other seeds are several years old and don't appear to have germinated.)
- Squash - Buttercup - heirloom
- Squash - table queen/acorn
- Squash - early summer crookneck - heirloom
- Squash - spaghetti - heirloom (Went crazy on squash although Eric says he doesn't like them. I figure he can learn and that if these keep well over winter = free food!)
- Rhubarb - Victoria - heirloom (I figured, why not! These are essentially transitional fruits! Something to tide you over until tree fruits become available!)
- Cucumber - Muncher (How could I resist such a name?)
- Garden bean - gourmet French bush
- Peas: snow - Oregon sugar pod (Might be too late to plant peas, but I can try again in the fall!)
- Peas: shelling - Little Marvel
- Peas: sugar snap - Super Sugar Snap
- Spinach - Melody
- Watermelon - Rainbow sherbet - the innards are pink, yellow and orange - 3 separate varieties in the package: Tiger Baby (P), Yellow Doll (Y), New Orchid (O).