Sunday, April 27, 2008

Snow Peas and Lettuce

I planted a few things in the garden today.  Just snow peas, parsley, brussels sprouts and lettuce have gone in the ground so far.  It seems to me that we have had a really warm Spring so far.  I am looking forward to my garden this year.  My husband and I rent an upstairs apartment from his Aunt and Uncle.  They have a small farm and a produce stand.  They also raise pigs and chickens.  I really enjoy living on the farm though.  There is so much going on this time of year.  I also help support the barn cats -- they go through a lot of food and there just aren't enough rodents to go around.  They bring me joy though.  
Anyway, Mary and Dave are letting me use a plot of their garden for my own stuff.  I'm really excited about getting our own property someday.  I intend to plant asparagus and berry bushes, fruit and nut trees, and hopefully create a morel mushroom patch.  I really think that everyone should plant some food plants in their yard.  There is so much fertile soil in the U.S. that goes to waste - or worse yet - chemically maintained grass.  There are so many reasons to eat locally.  I do my fair share of buying food that was imported and not grown organically, so I'm not trying to criticize anyone for that.  But to waste an opportunity to put a seed in your yard and save a trip to the grocery store in a couple of months is just silly.  

Friday, April 25, 2008

Both Sides Now

I've never really had a blog before besides posting a few short ones on Myspace.  I figured "why not?" -- I'll give it a try.  I have to admit that I am not very good at English grammar and my punctuation can be atrocious.   I'm not even sure that I have anything really interesting to write about.  
As far as the name for the blog.... when I set up this account and they asked me to name my blog I just kind of froze.  That was asking me to determine a lot about my blog and what I was going to say.  And really it was asking about me too.  It seems that every photo a person posts and every color or quote they use on these kind of things gives you an idea what that person is really all about.  I wasn't sure I was able to sum it all up in one title.  So, I decided to steal a name from somewhere else.  I picked up my ipod and started flipping through the different artists and songs to find one that might kind of explain my experience and what I thought this blog might be about.  I was drawn to Joni Mitchell's song "Both Sides Now".  First of all, it is a gorgeous song.  If you haven't heard it -- make sure you find it and listen.  Basically she talks about how when she was young she saw things a certain way but as she got older (and wiser) she realized there are different ways to perceive things and experience things.  "I've looked at life from both sides now, from win and lose and still somehow its life's illusions I recall, I really don't know life... at all".  Just beautiful lyrics.  She basically sums it all up for me with that song -- so that is the name for my blog right now.