When I was young an innocent (?) I believed that I wanted nothing more than a house in New Hampshire, with fruit trees and a vegetable garden. Ah, how lovely it would be to grow ones own fruit and vegetables. Mother Nature would have nothing on me. I would be one with the earth. (Insert a deep, happy sigh and blue grass music.)
Fast forward 20 years. I have my lovely home in New Hampshire, and fruit trees around us that Hubby has cultivated. This year, yes this year would be the year I would finally have my vegetable garden. Over a month ago I started my seedlings. I carefully watered them and talked to them and I felt a true peace inside. This would be good.
Then yesterday, knowing that our time was slipping away, we knew we had to lay out the garden and dig it. Since math has never been my subject, I let Hubby figure out dimensions. He mowed the area down very short and we began.
I must tell you that after the first half an hour, I had decided that having a garden was stupid and I simply should chuck the seeds and go to the grocery store! However, I resolved not to wimp out. Hubby would dig up the sod and I would cut it and shake out the dirt. We worked from 10 AM until after 5 PM, stopping to have a quick lunch in the middle. By 5 I was aching and sun burnt, and tired like you would not believe!
We came into the house and took showers, and then got into the jacuzzi. I soaked for a while, but then decided I should get out before I fell asleep and drowned! I got out and lay down on our bed in front of the air conditioner. Tired, aching and pink. No, make that red.
Hubby came into the room and asked innocently, “What’s for dinner?”
“Reservations”, I replied.
I fell asleep at 9:30 last night and slept until Hubby woke me at 7:30 this morning. Still tired, still sore and yes, still sunburnt. After making a Recycling Center run, we were back out in the garden working. We are probably 2/3 of the way through, but don’t ask me for a real percentage here, because like I’ve said, math isn’t my thing. I think on Monday we’ll be able to get the garden completed, but I give you no promises here.
I may yet give up my title as Mother Earth 2!