Spring has sprung, the grass is… well, visible, in places, under the stubbornly-remaining snow. My poor pooch is despondently trying to enjoy the last (hopefully?) of the cold weather, and spends most of our walks now torn between running on the icy snow-slush while he still can, and trying to keep his paws dry. (It’s hilarious to watch. Until he ends up splashing through a mud-puddle and jumping into a patch of burrs to try to avoid the puddle. Ah, dogs.)
Inside, however, spring is definitely afoot!
As per Part Two of my January focus, last week, I managed to start my cucumbers and tomatoes. (Erhm… and then largely forgot about them until yesterday. Taking the lids off my trays to check water level, I was shocked to see bright green little sprouts!) The cukes (lemon and pickling; above) are sprouting up better than anticipated. I’m kind of sad I’ll need to choose one contender per block pretty soon — it’s been so long since I’ve seen something sturdy and green poking out of soil, it seems a shame to halve them. Still, I know it must be done.
The tomatoes (Roma, San Marzano and Sun Drop) have been slower to sprout out, but they are starting! Encouraged by these signs of life, I got my peppers (sweet and hot), herbs (basil (3 kinds), thyme and sage) and marigolds planted yesterday as well. Peas and beans I’ll be sowing directly (no doubt for the snacking pleasure of the rodentia; sigh), along with beets, carrots, parsley and cilantro. I feel like I should start the nasturtiums, but I think I’ll just live dangerously and sow them at the same time (and in the same pots) as the peas.
Admittedly there’s not too-too much to be excited about at this point; I’ve never really had a problem getting my seeds to start… the tricky part has always been growing plantlings that are hearty and hardy enough to survive transplantation. I don’t know that I’ll be any better at it this year, but I figure I’m likely to at least see my plants more often, so hopefully the reduced neglect will help.
Mini-focus updates for non-planty things:
Part 1 (making) — I am actually in the (very slow, often interrupted) process of knitting myself a sweater. Why I would choose to make a clothing item for the part of my body currently in a state of flux, I couldn’t tell you. It just was what I wanted to make. (And with yarn gifted to me for a birthday 4 or 5 years ago, no less.) I’ll link to Ravelry once I’ve made a little more progress on it.
The socks I had started at the time of writing of that post are on pause, though I’ll probably pick them up again whenever I finish my current facecloth. It’s nice to have both small and large projects on the go, after all!
Not so much on the fashion side, but definitely falling under the “making” umbrella, I have been sewing what feels like a ridiculous amount of “practical” stuff, in the small moments where I can fit it in. Diaper doublers, wipes, changing pad covers, wet bags. I changed my mind about the diaper bag I want to sew for The Boy, so I’ve been tweaking the pattern there — the next time I have a stretch of a couple hours, I’ll have to check if the fabric I had bought will allow me to shift design!
Part 3 (moving) — I am signed up for this year’s Army Run, and have put myself in the 25-30 minute finish category. 28 minutes (or less) — it’s officially a goal! I’ve also found my 10k for 2015: the Diefenbooker! Looking forward to that, even though it’s over a year away!
Yoga is slowly and sporadically returning to my life (I’d like to say “routine” but, uh, I don’t have one of those yet…) I’m excitedly counting down the days until I can enroll in a “baby and me” class — having an external teacher almost always helps me to kick my own practice up a notch!