And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~ Kahlil Gibran

Monday, January 11, 2010

It's Beginning Again

Yes, folks, the gardening bug has bit this little Barefoot Backside once again. The seed catalogs keep rolling in, and I keep looking at all the beautiful pictures and reading the amazing descriptions of scrumptious veggies and gorgeous flowers.

I am doomed. It seems that once you are infected with this addiction called gardening, you need much more than a 12 step program to give it up.

So the graph paper has come out, and the colored pencils. I am planning out how I can fit all the goodies I would like in my little yard, and conveniently ignoring the fact that the budget just will not support my dreams.

I keep looking around the house, trying to find a place that is warm enough, out of the way enough, and yet handy enough to set up a seed starting operation. I have the lights, etc to handle a small setup, and would love to get something going... the problem is that everywhere in the house that has enough room is just plain too cold! We keep the thermostat set pretty low (it gives us a chance to USE our sweaters and slippers), but in an old house that means that some areas of the house just don't warm up enough for seed starting.

I have thought about heat mats, or setting up a portable heater....still thinking about that.

As usual, the moment "garden-lust" started a deep resentment towards my job resurfaced. I am grateful I have a job (especially with all the folks out of work right now), and usually enjoy the work. But it interferes with what I REALLY want to be doing, which is running my home and garden. So I have been fighting that, as well. I have to keep telling myself that the job I have is perfect for me right now, and that I need to just be happy with what I have.

I am not so good at that.

Anyway. Xmas decorations are still up here at Barefoot Manor. Usually they would have come down last week, but being as sick as I was destroyed that notion before it even got started. So I am sitting here trying to ignore my HUGE Xmas tree that takes up half my living room and the snow village at my elbow. Hopefully over the next few days I will start feeling a little better, and I will find the energy to get some of this stuff taken care of.



jenny said...

Aren't we pitiful?? I misplaced your last name and email, too!! I hoped you would remember mine! LOL

Can't find your email in your profile, so email me at

See you on FB! :o)

Glad you're feeling better, btw! xo

Lisa said...

I would suggest splurging on the heat mats. I got mine at Lowes/HD and use them in my very cold studio. That way, I am not heating the whole room, but the plants are very happy.

Let me know if you are looking for some particular seeds. I might have some leftover/saved that I could send you! We delusional gardeners must stick together, you know!

RuthieJ said...

I'm thinking spring too and would be happy just to be able to see my gardens, but there's still about 18" of snow piled on them (and my compost box too!)