A state of dismay? Or a state of confusion? Maybe a state of denial, but this can’t be the state of Texas! We set a new record last week of the coldest nights we have had since the early 1900’s. That my friend, is a record I do not care to repeat. My tomatoes and squash are very confused and are not growing at all, waiting on the warm days and nights that are supposed to be the norm in May. However, when you live in Texas and you know what is coming in one of our Texas summers, you hate to complain about cool weather.
But, that is Texas. The weather is very unpredictable and you just have to put on your big girl panties and deal with it. I have been keeping the peppers and eggplants in the greenhouse until this week. Surely, this was the last cool snap we will have- but I have said that every week since Easter. There are watermelons, cantaloupes, and bush beans waiting to come out as well, so this week will be planting week. The new chicken house should also be completed by the end of the week.
Rain, cold, and wind did not stop a great bunch of gardeners from coming out to buy herbs and roses on Thursday. We had a good time chatting about herbs, container gardens and vertical gardening. Master Gardeners are just great people.
Friday the inside of the house is got some much needed attention and then I met Tony in Tyler for some R&R. We went to the Tyler Rose Garden- yes, even my down time revolves around gardening- and truly stopped to smell the roses. This was his idea and I am so grateful for his ability to but on the brakes and un-plug. When I mention how busy the farm is during the spring, do not mistake that for a complaint or a cross to bare- I love it. But, that said, no matter what your profession or job you must take time off to just enjoy something with no deadlines or demands. Even when mothering was my primary job and all the kids were little, we took time off. Not necessarily without the children, we would go camping or a day trip to the river anywhere where the kids could run and explore and I could just enjoy them and God’s creation. This will feed your soul and enable you to give more when you get back. We must take care of our hearts, life is futile if we do not tend to our hearts.
I hope you all have a wonderful week! And do something, anything, that will feed your soul and your heart.