This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

it can only get better from here on in....

amaryllis bud

I have to complain today that I have a terrible cold and I don't feel good at all. I'm tired of the cold and the snow. I miss everything green. I'm tired of having to put on gloves and boots and coat and sweater and etc every time I want to go out.... Maybe I could get a winter home in Australia or Chile. We have 15 inches of snow piled up so high its hard to see around corners when driving. I don't know how many times I've slipped on the ice recently (only once actually). I'M SO TIRED OF WINTER!!

On a more positive note, my amaryllis is about to bloom. Skippy and I are keeping an eye on it as it soaks up the sun in the south facing window.


Anonymous Jain said...

Feel better soon, Kathy.
Skippy, take care of your human!

January 22, 2009 9:49 PM

Blogger Alice and Stuart said...

So glad I found this wonderful blog. You're amaryllis looks lovely and should be sure to bring you good cheer. We have 75 of them planted in crates we're trying to force for Valentine's day. Hope they work as they weren't exactly cheap! Just wanted to let you know your organization and gardening skills are an inspiration. Keep up the great work!

January 22, 2009 9:54 PM

Blogger Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

Hope you feel better soon. Winter won't last for ever.

January 23, 2009 12:36 AM

Blogger Dan said...

They were saying on the news last week that one of the days was classed as the most depressing day of the year. Rather fitting as it was a hazy, cold, snowy day.

I have two amaryllis going right now. A new one that is in bloom and one I have kept over for a few years that is at the same stag as yours. At these they give you a little glimpse of spring.

January 23, 2009 1:06 AM

Anonymous MarianLondonUK said...

You need hot lemon and honey to cure the "having a cold grumps". I hate colds too, they slow you down. My Amaryllis turned out to be a double one flower faded now but another 3 trumpets of beauty to herald the Spring. Hope you feel brighter soon.

January 23, 2009 4:10 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Feel better! I hope you have a chance to look at your sweet Skippy and find some comfort.

January 23, 2009 4:40 AM

Blogger The Conservative Gardener said...

Cool pic! I'm like the spoiled kid that has it all but still wants what you got! I miss living in the snow. Maybe I'd change my mind after a couple months of -15 degrees and 2 feet of snow.

January 23, 2009 8:42 AM

Blogger Susie said...

I am with you!! I can't wait for spring!

January 23, 2009 2:24 PM

Anonymous Peggy said...

It's all down hill from here. The January blahs and mucky snow are soon to give way to February's birds chirping at 4:30am (one of my favorite sounds!), and crocus peeking up from the snow. When I took my daughter to indoor soccer practice tonight at 5:30, it was light!! 2 wks ago...dark, dark. It'll be over soon!

January 23, 2009 10:23 PM

Anonymous Dawnie (CT) said...

I hope you feel better soon Kathy. "Think Spring!" : )

WOW...I guess Mass got way more snow than we did down here in CT. I know I'm anxious to get out there to start digging in the dirt. I'm going to shred newspapers with my paper shredder later on today to add to my compost of leaves, veggie/fruit scraps, egg shells/tea/coffee grinds. Since I am flat broke, I have to do my garden on a shoe string budget.

January 24, 2009 9:08 AM

Blogger kathy said...

HI Dawnie,

I've never heard about shredding newspapers for compost before. Great idea! A good carbon additive.

I'd really like to collect compost in the winter, but the season slows me down. I'm working on a method that works for me. Maybe I could shovel a path to my compost bins. Or set up a winter bucket by the door...

I bet your soil and earthworms are very happy!

January 24, 2009 9:14 PM

Blogger kathy said...

My good news is I'm FINALLY feeling better. I think it was a full 2 week cold. (Or two one week colds? whatever..) I suppose it wouldn't be a real New England winter without a miserable cold and lots of snow. OK seasons, time to MOVE ON!

Thanks for all the get well wishes.\!

January 24, 2009 9:18 PM

Blogger Parsec said...

I love amaryllis...I have grown them every year except for 2008. I am always amazed at how quickly they bloom...yours looks healthy and green!

January 26, 2009 2:59 PM

Blogger lkw said...

The photo is wonderful -- I hope it's flowered by now. And that your cold is gone.

I'm in total awe of folks like you that can manage through winter with only light complaining (your post was lovely), and that only when ailing. I'd be under the covers from November to March, being unsuited to short winter days.

Since I live in a mild winter climate, I can't complain at all in winter; when we get to summer, when it's blastingly hot (and often dry), I'll deserve to complain a bit!

Do go to Chile in our winter sometime! It's light there until 10 pm, a wonderful tonic for northern sensibilities, even when chilly.


January 26, 2009 8:52 PM

Blogger Johanna said...

I hope you feel better. When you do, go outside and walk or play in the snow. It will make you feel even better than before!

Love, Cousin Johanna; Anchored down in Anchorage, Alaska.

January 27, 2009 1:04 AM

Blogger kathy said...

HI Johanna! Thanks for the note. I am feeling good today and looking forward to a walk with Skippy later on. We have another big snow storm coming in tomorrow. I guess you're used to lots of snow. Kathy

January 27, 2009 12:50 PM

Blogger Wayne Stratz said...

I was going to say that the seed packet photo was amazing then I saw this one. Most wonderful capture!

January 29, 2009 2:43 PM

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February 01, 2009 3:25 PM

Blogger Edward said...

Boy do we have the same feeling - we had six and a half feet in about two weeks. For a while, the berms were piled 5 to 6 feet high. Roads were not safe to walk along. Most of the sidewalks remain buried. And the putting on of boots, huge coats, gloves, stocking cap just to get the mail from the mailbox gets old after a while. But - we are planning our garden now too. Only 4 weeks 'til starting tomatoes, etc, indoors!

February 01, 2009 3:26 PM


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