The weather was too cold to garden this week, even to pull the weeds in the strawberry patch which is beginning to grow for this year. I made do with other tasks, though still not accomplishing much with sorting out the house while making some progress. I even got out the clarinet! But tonight, I played in the dirt.

I had a 12" pot full of that Mother-in-law Tongue (snake plant). I've been meaning to separate it out into smaller pots and take it to work to give away but hadn't felt called to do it. I bought ice tea glasses from Walmart to use for pots but something in me wasn't sure it was right. I went to the Dollar General today, though, and stumbled across some 6" pots that were 2/ $1 so I bought 6 pots. It was fun unpotting the big mass of plants, I had to lay the pot down to slide the clump of roots out and then I found a weak spot and basically unrolled it. I found it funny because I've never had that happen before, just unroll a big clump of plants. Usually you have to cut them apart. I cut open one of my new bags of dirt and got them set up in their new abodes, they are now safely boxed and stowed in my back seat. (My pot wasn't as full as this picture.)

(The cats were just tag teaming my bacon pan.)

I then took the big pot and filled it with new dirt and planted beefsteak tomatoes, anaheim peppers and long eggplants, 3 seeds each. (I don't like the fat eggplants, I like the long slender ones and I couldn't find those plants anywhere last year.) I filled in the spaces with leeks and onions. I've never gotten leeks to grow, so not holding my breath there though I would like to sample a leek and this is the cheapest way to get one. The onions are a bunching variety so I would love if they would grow. I then covered all of those seeds with a very light soil and used a squirt bottle to moisten the soil and set it into place. Next will be to weed out my big outside pots and plant radishes.

I also joined higi today. I think it will be fun if I fully participate and I think I can now, my other persona on Facebook is out there having a good time on the astrology page; she hasn't made friends off of the page because I don't want to get bogged down in anyone's politics. I can keep the higi about the weight loss, no drama. I have too much to do for myself.

This is my time. Reading my blogs, it may seem as though my entire online history has been about me, but it hasn't. It has been about me trying to figure out how to get people to like me. What can I change, where am I doing it wrong, why doesn't anyone want to hang with me? My blogs have been about everyone but me. Now, it is time for me. To hell with everyone else. I keep seeing things that I want to do and clothes that I want to wear and just so many things that I don't do because I am afraid of how I will be perceived. 

And I just found these awesome tents when I was looking for the stretchy pants I saw on Facebook.

Don't be surprised if your imagination is taking you to new places this weekend, the equinox is Monday and Saturn is going to retrograde at the galactic center point while it is exactly conjunct the moon (27º 34' Sagittarius), it's time to break out of your traditions and go for it.

Have fun out there.

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Comment by JMac1949 Today on March 19, 2017 at 7:24am


Comment by Foolish Monkey on March 19, 2017 at 8:15am

phyllis you seem much less stressed!  I'm really glad for you!  I hope these steps you're taking give you the results you want.  

right now I'm a lazy sot.  I can't begin to tell you how much I have enjoyed catching up on all this sleep.  of course I'd like it to be over now, thank you.  I'll know tuesday.  meanwhile thankfully there's still a lot of snow and ice on the ground, so I don't feel too badly about not being able to get out there and start pulling up weeds and whatnot. 

I don't know what this garden has - I KNOW but I need to see it.  so this year, I needn't do much - just take pictures and make notes.  NEXT YEAR is the year for landscaping.  this year we might do some raised beds in back for veggies, but the rabbit situation is dire and they are not only VERY LARGE like mutant-y large, they're relaxed.  so they feel okay coming out and getting up close and personal.  the dogs lose their minds.  so I dunno how far a raised bed will go around here with dogs chasing rabbits and fencing coming down.  so anyhoo...there's always giant pots if we can't get something going in the ground.  

those tents are strangely regimented.  when we did quite a bit of camping, we always set up allowing for space...for privacy purposes at the very least.  what I'm thinking is stumbling out of the tent in the middle of the night to pee and having another tent RIGHT THERE ...I don't know if that would work for me.  I'm very private when I TCB. 

Comment by Bernadine Spitzsnogel on March 19, 2017 at 9:08am

I appreciate the beauty of other's gardens.  Mostly I have rocks.  They don't die and grow to need trimming.

Comment by Phyllis on March 19, 2017 at 9:27am

Hi JMac!

Monkey, the first year in a new place is fun, isn't it. This place was full of tulips, I gave most of them away when I tried moving to Gainesville that time but I've made up for it with daffodils. The tents aren't for you to share with strangers, they're to give you more space set apart into rooms, so pee away, only your family will know. :)

Hi Bernadine, rocks are good although they still need weeding.

Comment by J.P. Hart on March 19, 2017 at 1:14pm

I laughed out loud re: 'new bags of dirt'.  You got me wishing I would have picked up the concertina back in the day, Phyllis. VG stuff going on here. Rather a Richard Harris 'MacArthur Park' measured exuberance.

Whilst a crow 3 caws

Sycamore tree top, no buds

Beak bare as snow glint

Comment by Phyllis on March 19, 2017 at 4:13pm

Hi James, I've always wanted to play the concertina, too. :) Your poem, as always, is haunting.


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