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The Big Blog Break

I'm heading west again, and this time let's hope there are no weather-related incidents. Last time I went to the Nashville area they had a 500-year flood. The time before that, my home area had the second huge snowfall of the season. The time before that (although I didn't go to N'ville), my home area had the first huge snowfall of the season.

No matter where you are or when you go, weather happens. I'd rather it be mild, benign, gentle weather this time, thankyouverymuch.

This is a good time to take a short trip. I've straw-mulched most of the garden to keep the weeds somewhat at bay. Nothing needs to planted and nothing is ready to harvest. I'm looking forward to seeing lots of progress after a few days away. (Garden update: Currently, three of the tomato plants have flowers, and one has little baby tomatoes on it. I've picked what few radishes there were, and replanted those. Beets might be ready when I return, they're doing well. I'm not so good at growing greens, but the spinach has finally decided to grow and looks great.)

Not sure how much blogging time I'll have upon my return, as I'm bringing my oldest grandchild home with me for a few days. She's a city girl, so I'm looking forward to showing her what a slower pace looks like. No malls, unless you count the little Amish dry-goods store a couple miles down our road. No restaurants – fast-food isn't so fast if you have to drive 12 miles to pick up your order.

We'll bake bread and go fishing and work in the garden and at the garden center and make something with fresh strawberries, which the Amish sell this time of year.

Anyhoo … if you don't hear from me for a while, I haven't dropped off the face of the earth. I'm just a little busy, happily so! Hope you are, as well.


Anonymous said…
Have a wonderful trip and may the weather angels smile on your travels :)
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