16 February 2009

a tired quick hello and a couple of links~

I don't know about everyone else, but I am definitely in a mid-winter funk. All I can say is blah. blah. blah. I am suspicious that a good majority relates to pregnancy aches as we've actually had a couple of weeks here recently with some really nice weather. Regardless, all I want to do is curl up and hibernate until the end of April. Seeing as how we don't have a maid, a cook, a housekeeper, or a nanny, I guess that's out of the question.

I have a post swirling around in my brain pretty much continually to be titled something along the lines of In Which I am Grumpy... that I may or may not get around to actually writing. Seeing as how it's basically one big complaint I'm sure everyone would be thrilled to read it, but it's how I feel and maybe it will do me some good to vent. Or not. I don't know. Like I said....blah.

I had been keeping open a ridiculous amount of tabs open in my browser (not sure why I didn't just save them, I think it helps me to actually see them in front of me) of interesting stuff that I wanted to link to. But little hands must have been exploring, because I lost most of them. Here are two from the last day that I found interesting, seeing as how I have nothing worthwhile to say ;o)

Priests For Life interview a Mother of 20 (short, easy to read, q&a format, and very sweet as her youngest is now 22)

A Few Thoughts...(some things worth remembering from a wife whose husband was on the plane that landed in the Hudson River...very short, but definitely jolted my brain with what's important.)

~And if anyone has some really good vegetable gardening resources for a beginner (read: never grew a thing in my life other than a bean in a cup and knows not even your basic gardening info) please send it my way. Glen and I are wanting to try our hand at several vegetables this year and haven't the faintest idea of where to start. I have a good seed catalog and a square foot gardening book that looks helpful, but other than that I'm in the dark. We're wanting to grow tomatos, carrots, green beans, potatos, onions, squash, zucchini, garlic, and some type of lettuce. Too much, you think? My grandmother (who has always farmed for a living) did advise me that potatos are more work than they are worth, but we're kind of economic depression/persecution/fill in the blank minded in our desire to learn, so it seems like learning about growing potatos could be helpful. I mean, didn't the Ingalls like live on potatos one winter? All resources and advice are welcome! :o)

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Wendy said...

You know I have to comment about gardening...

I hear square foot gardening is pretty nifty, esp since it cuts back on weeds. But I haven't done it, and can't quite commit to the initial investment yet. (Where did I read a good article on it? I dunno.)

I am feeling a little overwhelmed with our garden already, but I know it is just because I'm sleep deprived. :)But one of my favorite books so far is Organic Gardening by Geoff Hamilton. It gives you a little bit of info on just about everything, including how to plant, harvest, and store the different kinds of produce.

Serene in Singapore said...

I read the article on the lady with 20 children. SHE is amazing BUT I do wonder why she has only 30 + 3 grandchildren. I often wonder about this point. Oftentimes I read of people with a larger than normal family and yet their children almost never have large families of their own. WHY?

Did they see the sacrifice mom and dad had to go through and refused it? Or what?

Patti S. said...

I'm so glad you asked about gardening. I've been wanting to figure it out myself for some of the same reasons. So I'm glad you mentioned them so I don't feel crazy!!

ps... I'm working on your onesies. I swear. When is your due date again? :)

Patti S. said...

Sure, What size would you want for a short sleeved onesie?

Anonymous said...

While I can completely understand the blah, I have been missing your posts!

I think the question to all of your gardening questions lives right down the hill. :) You really should talk to mom as she has found gardening in your soil there VERY difficult and even after years of cultivating the soil has had very little success with her garden. (And she's a seasoned gardener) So she might be able to help you with some tips, since she's been working the same ground for awhile.

I think if you expect lots (most) of what you plant the first time around to die, and are ecstatically thrilled with a couple tomatoes and beans...you'll be well on your way. Gardening is a lot of trial and error...mostly error, but when you start to get something growing it's really exciting! Good luck with it and I hope you get out of the blahs soon!

Rachel Wilson said...

ok so i was actually gonna say that potatoes were the easiest. We grew this great little leafy lettuce last summer. the name has escaped me but I will get it. So the third week of march I know you will be SUPER preggers but do you think the kids and I could come out for a visit? I miss talking to you and katie would love some time with Anna.

Tisra said...

I'm no good at at gardening for all my own reasons. I bought two books, though, that I think could help me out if I was truly ready to devote the time and energy to it: Square Foot Gardening, and some TN guide that shows month to month what to do in your garden so that you have very region specific advice and a "to do" calendar guiding you on when is the best planting/pruning/fertilizing time.

Again, I'm not the best example- but they're good books. :-)

Everyone I know has had the winter blahs this year- including me. What is the deal?!


Anonymous said...

hope you are making it ok!
miss your posts! :)


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