The creatures in my house
cucumbertoast

There are two male Homo sapiens, great apes to be sure, that I sleep in between every night. One I just put down, while he tossed gently, every so often leaning into my face to see if my eyes were still open , then rolling over again... Still glued to my body, whispering gently before falling asleep. Two years and a handful of months and oh! The conversations we have.

The other, 47 orbits around the sun... Though just before bed his son was orbiting round him, buoyant with joy and fervor in their post dinner-pre bedtime construction project. This man the doting father of our child.

At night, I lie between them sleeping but soaking in every nano second of now in awe and amazement of the richness of love in my life.

Amazement.

Above is one example of small man's daily "arrangements".... His little art installations.

Goodnight


I don't live in Minnesota Any more
cucumbertoast
Well, most recently I lived in Washington DC. And I don't live THERE anymore either.

I am not gloating, but here is a list I just found of the things you can sow or transplant into your garden in January in the Valley of the Sun (Sonoran Desert/ Phoenix area):

read it and jump for joy......Collapse )

Anise
Asparagus
Beets
Bok Choy
Broccoli
Cabbage
Caraway
Carrots
Cauliflower
Chamomile
Chervil
Cilantro
Dill
Fennel, Leaf
Fruit, Bare Root
Fruit Trees
Greens
Kohlrabi
Lavender
Lettuce
Marjoram
Mustard
Myrtle
Onions, Green
Oregano, Greek
Ornamental Cabbage/Kale (Brassica Oleracea)
Parsley
Peppers (seed)
Radishes
Sage
Savory
Shungiku Chrysanthemum
Spinach
Strawberry
Thyme
Turnips
Watermelon

EDIBLE FLOWERS TO PLANT:
Carnation (Dianthus)
English Daisy
Jasmine Sambac (Arabian)
Nasturtiums
Pansies
Primrose
Scented Geraniums
Snapdragons
Stocks (Matthiola)
Sweet William (Dianthus)
Sweet Alyssum

Un. Freaking. Believeable.

Iam not going to waste this opportunity to begin learning to garden year round here. Granted. Ask me again in August when it's 120 degrees F and I am sure I will be a little uncomfortable. But....but but but. This is grand. This is magical. I will adapt.

In my sudden overwhelming domesticity brought on by suddenly living in an actual house with an actual yard, my goal is to slowly but surely turn my living space into a living, breathing garden. Granted, we are renting this house, but there are rampant rumors from the neighbors that the owner would love to sell it if we were inclined to make an offer at some point.

I am also aware of keeping my judgement of others in check as I look around and see all the edibles that go unharvested in our area. Citrus is one, but dates, pomegranates, pecans, mesquite pods, prickly pear fruits (ok, those suck to harvest, but still...tasty), and many others I am learning about.

So many have yards and do not produce. So much wasted on growing grass in the middle of the Sonoran desert. I know it's pretty, but I am very much gearing up toward learning and encouraging home sustainability.

On my list of getting back in gear is:
-sauerkraut production (starting this week! temps are great here for this on my back patio)
-Home made yogurt
-starting a small winter garden (NOW!!!)
-starting a rain barrel
-starging indoor herb gardens (year-round)

These are no small task while keeping the house in order, continuing to set up and unpack, and chasing a toddler around.


Here Again!
cucumbertoast
Well hello again LJ! I'ts been a while. I don't feel I can quite be free on FB....so I am going to be journaling on livejournal some more in-depthy stuff than I can on FB.

Oh, I have so much to learn again about using LJ...blarghy blarg. But. I have felt stymied too long.

so, here goes!

Cheers and Happy 2014!

R

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