Gawrsh it’s been a while…I got myself lost in the Lent-Easter vortex and am only now starting to pull myself out… didn’t help that I also became not a little bit attached to watching television on the web–I am officially caught up on more shows than I care to admit.
But seriously, it has been a pretty busy last few months! I turned around on tax day and realized that A and I have been married now for 8 months, which just goes to show how time can fly when you keep yourself busy. Before we know it, we will be edging up on a year….whew!
In other news, spring is in the air, and like many other amateur gardeners I have gotten a bit antsy to play in the dirt. Up in Belvidere, the farmers started tilling the corn fields about two or three weeks ago, and that for me was a sure sign it was time to begin playing… add to that that nights are almost 10 degrees warmer on average in Philly, and I have been cultivating my own little strip of earth with joy. As it currently stands, I have my row crops (carrots, beets, parsnips, radishes, kale, chard, salad greens) in the dirt, as well as some snow peas and cucumbers. I was a bit nervous about the cukes but I have plenty of backup if something goes wrong. I also splurged on some tasty looking strawberry plants, and they are going wild in the back yard in Philly.
Additionally, I have been starting to have fun with my sourdough starter–yes, I became one of those people with a weird jar of goop in my fridge. A and I are really enjoying the bread we are getting, even though I still feel like a beginner at this. I still have some slow downs and hold ups (like this Sunday when my sponge didn’t want to rise in time for a children’s sermon based on it!) but there are lots of classic church ladies in Belvidere to tell me what I am doing wrong and help me correct it when I do… ah i love those ladies 🙂
A and I are also considering a foray into cheesemaking and beermaking, so we shall see what the future holds. I joked with him that my goal is to turn us into alternative “live off the land types,” but really I just want to be able to make the things I like best–aka, cheese, bread, beer, jams and pickled and canned veggies–on my own because it feels awesome to do so. I really like the idea of putting up food for the winter, or caring for my own starter, or even–although A swears he will allow it–raising my own hens. Something empowering about knowing how to manipulate seeds and food products.
So that is more or less what is going on with me right now. I am biding my time with my ground cherry and tomato plants, but the warmer days are on the horizon, and before long I will probably be complaining publicly about all the pests bugging my crops 🙂 but until then, I am at least comforted by the notion that there are tasty things growing outside, and that I might get to eat some of em.