I want spring to come, but I don’t. Can we slow down winter just a little bit?
Wait, what?! Yeah. You read that correctly. I’m not ready for warm weather and I’m in a total panic over it.
I want spring because I want to play in the dirt and get the garden going. I had to break down and buy potatoes last week and it about darn near killed me. And you know what? The majority of the bag was half-rotten. I was uber upset. My stored garden potatoes that I harvested last summer are mushy and are now better suited as seed potatoes. The sweet potatoes are still going strong though, so I’m ok in that department.
I’ve finally decided what I want in the garden too: more potatoes, bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, pickling cucumbers, strawberries and peas. I want to plant mint, chives, rosemary, oregano, basil and cilantro in containers and put the strawberries in raised beds (pst – I could use some strawberry growing tips if you’ve got ‘em!). I’d love to plant corn again, but after last summer’s battle with the raccoons, I’ve given up. I’ll just head to the farmer’s market, buy a load, and freeze it for later. I’d also love to try carrots or celery, but I’m not even going to attempt that with all of the freaking rabbits around here.
But I’m not ready. I haven’t ordered a majority of my seeds, nor do I have any started yet for the growing season. I haven’t started the marigolds yet from the seeds I saved last year.
I also haven’t finished any of the winter tasks I set for myself, like doing all of my spring cleaning to free up my warmer days. I haven’t even started that. The mound of socks still needs mended, the walnuts still need cracked and roasted. The cleaning of the basement? Probably ain’t gonna happen. Who was I kidding on that one? Sounds like a good job for Sax Guy, now that I think of it…
But you know what I have accomplished since January? I’ve done more crafting this year than I did last year alone. I’m working on my yeast phobia and trying to find a bread recipe that works for me so I can stop buying it at the store. I’ve learned to coupon. I’ve spent two weekends now with only grocery shopping, laundry and house cleaning on the agenda and spent the rest of my time relaxing (better known as sitting on my butt and catching up on blogs).
Part of me says “relax and chill, what gets done gets done.” The either part of me is freaking out, dreading what life will be like when canning season is in full swing and I’m still trying to accomplish things I set out to do months ago.
How’s your winter to-do list coming?