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January 5, 2009

Reality returned this morning with a dull thud.

I overslept,  and even though I tried to cut every bit of extra time out of my morning routine, thanks to an unexpected coating of ice outdoors, I was still late to work.   Feh.

We had comfort food all weekend – chicken soup, beef stew, cacciatore – so there are lots of leftovers in the fridge, yay.

And like I said, I ordered the seeds for next summer’s garden the other day.

In addition to the usual tomatoes, peppers, spinach, green beans, snow peas and herbs, we’re also going to put in some carrots, strawberries, and even some mini pumpkins.

I’m particularly excited about the strawberries; if they produce even half as well as our raspberries do, we’ll be saving a TON of money on fruit (am I the only one who’s noticed the skyrocketing prices in the produce aisle?).  Ditto for the carrots, I’m hoping we’ll have enough to put some away for next winter.  We thought about trying onions, but not this time; maybe next year.

We’re going to get grapes, too, but that’s something I’d rather go to a garden center for – I don’t know the first thing about growing grapes.  Do I want seedless? Yes.  Red or Green or Purple? Dunno.   For wine or for eating?  Is it possible to have both?  We have two different pergolas in the backyard now, so I suppose we could do two different varieties.  But somehow I think that it’s better to stick to one variety on both.  But maybe not.  I don’t know.  Maybe I’m just overthinking all of this.

On the other hand, every third house in my old neighborhood had grapes crawling all over the backyard, so how hard can it be?

There has been some knitting, too, but no photos just yet, hopefully tomorrow.  Another few days of gift knitting and then it’s back to Oblique – the next round of babies doesn’t start until April so I have a little time.

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