Thursday, May 3, 2012

all better now

Thank you for your kind healing wishes! There's nothing like a bout of illness to make you appreciate daily life with fresh eyes again, is there? It really forces you to just slow right on down. The house is a disaster; dishes covering every kitchen surface, dirty laundry piled high, desperately leggy, neglected seedling tomatoes screaming to be transplanted...but, oh! the sun is pouring in through every open window and health is returning.

As we rested...

::The rhubarb fully awakened, and I'm eager to harvest some. Do you have a favorite rhubarb recipe?

::A robin laid her beautiful blue eggs in the most amazing nest - In the crook of a sturdy old tree, somehow sheltered from the strong westerly winds, and just low enough for me to peek in if I stand on my tippy toes. She returned just as I snapped the photo, and I promised not to bother her again as she tends her eggs.

::The oats grew an inch (at least I think those are the oats - it's hard to distinguish them from the weeds at this stage, which is precisely why I attempted to plant them in rows rather than broadcasting. Because weeds don't grow in rows, right? Right.)

::I let go of the urgency that was weighing on me daily as I fell farther and farther behind on my planting schedule. Being sick is freeing in that way, and a good reminder that things will still get done in time, for it's late, but not yet too late.

::I learned that laughter really is the best medicine, when I heard of my dear nephew recounting to his best friend how his auntie lives on a farm. "A real farm, that has a big gate and smells like cow poop." (no, we don't have a cow. Apparently, my flower distraction technique only works on adults!)


  1. Happy to hear everyone is well again. Love those robin eggs, we have a nest here exciting.

  2. Glad to hear sickness has vanished. I just made a Rhubarb Custard Pie two days ago which I posted about. Check it out if you're interested.

  3. So glad you are all on the mend! Those eggs are such a gorgeous colour aren't they? Don't worry about the house and will be sorted in the end...time to focus on you! Have a lovely warm weekend xx

  4. I'm glad you are feeling better! :)
    Nancy at A Rural Journal posted a recipe for Rhubarb Streusel Cakes today, you can find her post here:

  5. So glad you're feeling better! Yes, nothing like being down a while to help you appreciate the normal days! I'm sure your planting schedule will be very least, I'm hoping mine will be. :)

  6. Glad to hear that you are well! I just canned rhubarb chutney and the post is on my blog. I have 3 more pounds of my dad's rhubarb left (and my own to harvest) and I was thinking of canning a rhubarb strawberry pie filling to enjoy over the winter months.

  7. glad that ya'll are feeling better!
    we like rhubarb crisp and strawberry rhubarb pie! mmm yummy! it's almost time for rhubarb here too!

  8. So happy that you are all better! And yes, it will all get done...there is still plenty of time :-) Enjoy the sunshine, my friend!

  9. Just take one step at a time. Your pictures are gorgeous and so refreshing.


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