Patience is a virtue…?

It’s early January and there’s hardly any snow on the ground.  Yesterday we had a light coating of snow – it will probably all melt today.  Did I say it was January?  And did I tell you I live in Maine? Not having at least 10 inches of snow at this time of year is rare, but it’s not uncommon. But when most folks hear Maine they immediately think “&%!*cold”.  Yes, it gets cold, but it doesn’t get THAT cold, at least not if you live close to the coast. I experienced a Minnesota winter.  Now THAT is cold. In Minnesota the inside of my nostrils froze constantly. In coastal Maine it only happens every once in a while.

As I look at my dormant flower bed I see three green shoots sprawled about. I believe they may be garlic but I’m not 100% sure. I try with all my might to dig one of them up. Nothing. We may not have snow on the ground, but the earth is frozen. I’m so disappointed at this. I REALLY want to know what that this “thing” is. I even try to grab a shovel to dig it up. No such luck. Maybe it was because I used my son’s Go Diego plastic hand shovel. So, I get on my hands and knees and smell it. I have a suspicion, but must do one last thing. I rub the shoots in my fingers. Oh yeah, it’s garlic. But is there a bulb down in the ground? Unfortunately, I must wait until spring.

Although winter has yet to make its wrath upon us Mainer’s (I should say “flatlander” as I wasn’t born here and not worthy of the title) I anxiously await spring. And what got me even more excited was the Johnny Seeds catalog I received in the mail today.  Looking at the fruits and veggies, the vibrant colors, warms me instantly.  All the tomatoes, beans, carrots, greens to choose from!  And the varieties of peppers!  My husband and I had such an awesome harvest of chile and thai peppers this past summer.  Hurry spring!

However, I must wait patiently.  A few more months of winter.  A few more months of stoking the wood stove.  A few more months of snuggling under the covers.  It also means a few more months of planning the garden.  A few more months of deciding what to plant.  A few more months of flipping through the Johnny Seeds catalog, and the dozen others I’ll receive in the mail over the coming weeks.

I can wait patiently…


About Diary of a Wanna Be Homesteader...

Call me the black sheep of the family. I’m a 30-something (pushing 40) socially inept gal living in the beautiful state of Maine, mother of two rambunctious children, to include two dogs with a combined weight of 300 lbs. I met my husband, self-professed anti-social media mogul, in Japan. We met in November 1998, married in May 1999… happily ever after. After much exploration, and two children later, we settled in Maine to raise our family away from the hassles of city life. Surrounded by trees and clean air we’ve built a spectacular life on 3 acres. Folks may call us anti-social… we like to call ourselves pr0-self. We value each other, our family and our passions in life more than pleasing others. I buy milk in glass bottles. I drive a Prius. I am a weather junkie. I must drink a cup of coffee daily. I believe in buying local. I love knitting but don’t do it often enough. Sunflowers make me happy. Fishing calms my soul. This blog is about my love of a simpler life… family, love, gardening, nature, independence. This is the place where I will share it, and begin my journey to obtain that life, one step at a time.

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