Wednesday, February 23, 2011

plodding toward spring

Yes, Cliff still plans to retire; he said he just gets scared when he thinks about being on a limited income with very few resources to fall back on.  Hey, we've gotten by without a net for years; we'll do whatever we must.  
The Western Farm show is coming up this weekend; it's a trade show for real farmers, not for dabblers like us.  There will be few, if any, items we need or can afford.  But it's a fun outing in February.  I follow the Western Farm Show on Facebook and snagged four free tickets, which saves us ten bucks on our two tickets.  Cliff's brother, Phil, plans to go along.  I'll hand the extra free ticket to somebody walking toward the ticket booth at the show.  
We attended last year, and I blogged about it.  

My kitchen-window herb garden is doing well.  Left to right, that's chives, parsley, and basil.  Basil obviously doesn't care for cool temperatures:  The pot at the back had as many seeds planted in it as the one in front, but it was very near the window during that miserable cold spell we had.  Not many of the seeds in that pot made it.  I'm thinking in a week or two I can start snipping at the leaves of these little plants.  

This is the mini-greenhouse I bought at Home Depot; I prefer the much cheaper versions from Walmart because in this one, the soil doesn't fill the space allotted.  From the closest to the back, we have:  oregano, lavender, dill, cauliflower, and two rows of cabbage.  I've never been able to get lavender to grow, and it looks like that isn't going to change.  I should not have put these herbs in the same container with cabbage and cauliflower, but I did.  We'll see if any of this stuff lives long enough to make it to the garden.  In a week, I'm starting my tomato plants.   
Because of the salt content in our softened water, I bring water in from the outside hydrant for my little plants.  Just something else to sit around and clutter my counters because, you know, I like containers of water sitting around.  
Pillows.  Let's talk about pillows.  For over two years I've had a stiff neck that comes and goes.  Daily Steals had a memory foam pillow at a good price, so I bought that; it was an improvement, but it wasn't really my cup of tea.  So I went searching through the house and came up with a softer, and less thick pillow than I've been using.  Problem solved!  I guess I just don't need that much pillow.  
Exercise.  Let's talk about exercise.  Cliff and I walk almost every day, but I've wanted to do just a wee bit of upper-body training.  I bought an exercise mat, hunted up some dumbbells, and started doing a few basic moves that ought to be good for me.  I'm looking for some printable exercise instructions; Sparkpeople has some, but a lot of theirs involve sitting on a large ball.  I don't own a large ball, and if I did, I'm not sure I want to try balancing myself on one and exercising.  I might hurt myself.
I'm sure you won't be surprised to read that world food prices may rise.  So what else is new?  Gas prices go up, so do food prices.  I hope my garden does well this year.  
Nobody ever sings the old hymns I grew up with.  Here's one that's been on my mind for a few days.


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

You really packed alot into your entry today! I love seeing those herbs growing at your house. I have some seeds but haven't planted them yet. Hope they all transfer over outside when it gets nice. Quite a few of them should come back again year after year. Chives certainly do but not basil. I love a soft pillow and is the only thing I can use anymore. I tried to use others, but the soft works best. Hope your Wednesday is a wonderful one!

Hollie said...

Wow, your plants are doing well! They are just beautiful! Thanks for sharing! Congrats on the free tickets.

I've seen those balls too & just don't know about them.

Midlife Mom said...

Do you dry your parsley before you use it or just cut some off and throw it in the pot? I grew some last summer in my pathetic garden but never used it but want to this year. Is it a lot stronger then the stuff I buy in the bottle? I use a lot of it in Italian cooking so I don't want to overdo it.

Yes, gas prices have gone way up. While snowmobiling Monday we went to a little store that we usually go to for potty breaks and gasoline. I had a twenty dollar bill in my pocket thinking I would top off my gas tank and have a hot chocolate or something. Well the gas came to $22.46 and there was already some in the tank! I almost fell over. Thank goodness my son had a credit card with him! It cost me $63.00 to fill my 7 year old Tahoe last week but that will last me three weeks hopefully.

I love the old hymns! I do like some of the praise and worship stuff but they just don't have the message that the old hymns have. When you think of songs like It Is Well With My Soul and the reason he wrote the some it blows your mind just like many many others.

I have one of those exercise balls and I gave it to the grandkids to play with. I have no balance any more especially now trying to get used to my hearing aids.

madcobug said...

Those exercise ball sounds dangerous especially if a person looses their balance. Love your new herbs. Having a garden sounds like a good thing to do to save a lot of $$$. Helen

Michaele said...

Your plants are coming along very well. You must have a nice sunny spot for them. I just started my herbs yesterday.

Forty Pound Sack said...

I don't know where to find printable workouts but if you can borrow or rent some of "The Firm" exercise DVDs they are great. I used them to learn the proper way to use the weights and then wrote myself a list to do while I watched TV. Worked great while I kept it up. Maybe do a search for "bent rows", "French press", and I think "lat rows" or "lat curls". Those were ones I did a lot of.