It is common sense to take a method and try it.
If it fails admit it frankly and try another.
Above all, try something.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Oh sometimes I wonder how I get myself into some situations, I have never been a person to do things in a small way, I tend to let my head take over and go overboard and then I get into trouble.
This morning as I sit here staring out the window watching raindrops fall to the ground, finally starting my garden I smile. I know you are thinking a normal garden of lettuce, beans, peas etc. and I certainly would have enjoyed tending to and eating the end result of that but this year I am thinking all about an event that has me imagining a very different crop for this summer. Decorative and edible is what I am going for, “Two birds one stone” as Grandma used to say. I turn my head to the right and peer into a living room where all the furniture is piled in the middle of it covered with a tarp and the smell of fresh paint lingers through the house. Oh yes let the crazy begin.
I am pretty sure you all remember that there is a big wedding coming at the end of the summer for us here on the farm and it is turning into quite the event, at least in my head. I was slow to get to the starting line but now when realizing there will be strangers coming to the farm, a fair amount of strangers and then realizing the days are going very fast, oh so very fast I finally kicked it into high gear on Monday. Just like I always do I jumped in with both feet, knee deep maybe more, sinking into my world of ‘Have to get everything done no matter what’. I like to think of it much like when you know you are going to have company, you run around your house trying to hide the things that are lying about and dusting as you go while jamming items into overcrowded cupboards and into rooms that they will not see. This may only be me but I suspect a few of you like me have a junk drawer or possibly a junk room (which I tend to call a craft room it sounds better), this may still only be me, I do not want to assume.
On my recent trip away I bought packages of Heritage seeds, seeds that will grow very unusual gourds, pumpkins and squash, I could not help myself after my imagination pictured pretty baskets full of ‘The Unusual’. I read the back of those little packets in a Habitat for Humanity Restore and my imagination went wild, I had to have them.
Pumpkin Jarradale a blue/green deep ribbed skin sweet pumpkin from Australia, oh I know you are getting excited. There is also the Golden Hubbard Winter Squash which supposedly will be teardrop shape brilliant red and lightly warted, oh I know you can see where I am going here now. How about Crimson Sweet Watermelon with a boldly yellow striped sweet shell, a seedless wonder. If that does not put you into my imagination yet, hold on. How about Speckled Swan Ornamental Gourds? This one gets me excited thinking of the end result. Thick dipper shaped fruit that resembles a Swan. White speckles and splotches on a very interesting shade of green. Can you see bowties on the Swans? Once again that may only be me.
Oh I do hope these all grow, I think it will be beautiful especially with the Sunflowers I have found to grow, I have never been very skilled at the art of growing flowers but I am determined to contribute something to this wedding and I can just imagine everyone going home with a decoration that they can eat, oh my imagination is going wild.
Wish me luck; all I needed was a pile of old manure, a cool looking scarecrow, and the seeds to get started. Now I wish for a whole lot of sun, Mother Nature’s water, and a whole lot of imagination to make this work. I am hoping that haying holds off for a week or two longer this summer to get all those things done but Mother Nature never lets us know ahead of time so that is why I guess this overwhelming need to keep barrelling along at breakneck speed late into the night painting and prepping. The speeding will continue till we come to that screeching halt when Mother Nature throws up the stop sign and we have to start to harvest the hay.
About the tarp in the living room thing, oh yes another one of those ‘Have to get everything done no matter what’ things. I am using this wedding as the push I needed to get those jobs done that I have been putting off. I am off now to paint some more, it’s funny how that works, now the hallway is calling for paint. Oh dear what have I done?
So what job or project have you jumped Knee deep into?
(Happy Birthday Pearly on Thursday) xo