January 27, 2014

Waiting on Spring

I am oh so done with this arctic vortex silliness.
I've never been a huge fan of winter.  Salt caked cars, short days, long nights, cold runny noses, drafty windows- brrrrrr.  Don't get me wrong, I love hot tea, cozy blankets, warm fires and watching snow fall as much as the next girl....as long as I can stay inside where it's warm!
One of the things I have found cheers me up most on dark windy nights is to pour myself a cup of tea and pour over my seed catalog from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds (http://www.rareseeds.com/).
Nothing beats the winter blues like planning my garden.  In order to make the pleasure last I have developed a multi-step process over the years that involves first highlighting everything that looks awesome and potentially a good fit for my yard.  Then I whittle down the highlights to a list.  Then I realize I have bitten off way more than I can choose and make a more manageable list (hahaha!)  My final list includes 19 types of veggies, 10 varieties of herbs, and 10 kinds of flowers....maybe I still went a bit over board.
This is one of those times that I am pretty thankful for being single.  I don't have to justify my list to anyone but my own conscience and when tiny pots of dirt start taking over every available horizontal surface in front of a sunny window I am inconveniencing no one but myself.
Stay tuned for more in the adventures of #Garden2014

January 24, 2014

Another year gone! (well almost)

The year of the giraffe included a huge garden expansion, more than a few gallons of paint, a couple raucous parties, a couple of trips to new cities, lots of giggles, and some heartache.  
Update, I am loving being a homeowner.  God has provided every step of the way even when I don't see where or how it will all come together.  I love having a space that is mine that I can use to show hospitality and try out some of the homesteading skills i've been learning from my mountains of library books.
Yes I am still addicted to books and the library is my dealer.
I learned that I am an ENTP on the meyers briggs scale and this has helped me find my groove a bit.  Suddenly I realized that the way I am wired to think isn't weird, and that some of the parts of my personality that don't fit the type A or first born stereotype are nothing to feel guilty about.  For example, I love the act of organizing but I don't feel the compulsion or desire to stay organized.  I find deep peace and great joy in putting things in order (whether numerical, alphabetical, by genre, or even by rainbow color order) but I never quite get to putting things away into their rightful place.  I have made peace with this fact.  I have also made peace with the fact that I have a shorter attention span then I ever dared own up to and I tend to have bursts of energy divided by times of uninspired downtime.  Slow and steady monotony is just not my thing, and I don't feel bad about it anymore.
God has been working on my heart, teaching me to trust Him more.  This is a constant battle, because no matter how many times He as proven Himself to be good, my fickle heart still finds reasons to doubt.  I am praying through this.
I found out that I am allergic to dairy and eggs, so I have been learning to cook and eat without them.  Definitely a learning curve but I think I"m finally getting the hang of it.
  
In a few months I'll be turning 29.  I am nowhere near where I thought I would be.  I am learning that God is writing this story and that He is a much more interesting storyteller than I am so I am making peace with letting go and seeing where He puts me.

Much love to you all. I hope to be more consistent about writing this year!