And other Tuesday stream of consciousness ramblings.
Today I harvested spinach for salads. Woo Hoo!! Ok, I'll admit, there wasn't much of it and I combined it with some lettuce that I had purchased to have enough for our salads- but we had the first greens of the season from the garden. I also used a walking onion so we had two things from the garden. For us, having anything harvested in mid April is amazing. Normally, this would be the time of year when I would be just starting to plant my early stuff. But I've got spinach to harvest, the peas are up and I've got lettuce and little kohlrabi up out in the garden as well. What a bizarre year.
I'm hoping that the soil dries up enough that I can work up the rest of the garden soon. I've got lots and lots of little lambs quarters plants out there and, while I want to harvest some, I also want to till them back into the soil. I also want to get my little broccoli plants and cabbage planted out soon but the soil is still a bit too wet after the nearly three inches of rain that we got over the weekend. I did manage to get the onions weeded. My goal for this gardening season is to work out in the garden for at least an hour a day after work unless it is raining. Hopefully that way I can keep a better handle on the weeds this year. If it isn't raining tomorrow I'm going to try to dig the new beds by barn and chicken coop... or start laying out my herb spiral.
In sewing news. J17 has asked for a quilt to take with her to college. She wants a 'not quite twin sized' quilt for her bed. She wants a steampunk theme with an airship. So... I was working on the design for a central applique. If it's raining tomorrow after dinner maybe I'll try to 'sandwich' the celtic knot quilt so I can start the quilting process and get that out of the way before I start on something new.
Otherwise, I was back at work today after a 5 day break. It was a busy day trying to get to know all the new patients who have come in while I've been off. Work is always much more mentally draining than the physically draining work at home and it's a different kind of tired. So it was nice to get out in the garden and weed. I'm still working on this 'balance' thing. Maybe someday I'll figure it out.