Sunday, June 08, 2008

I should have been a farmer

Since last year when I turned 36 (oh dear!), I've noticed that I'm becoming more like a farmer each day. For example, I recently started a new routine of going to bed at 8:30-9pm and waking up in the wee hours of the morning at 5:30am. I daydream only of knitting, gardening and cooking. And, my new hobby is to "talk shop" with all the garden club ladies at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens when I'm volunteering (I'm the youngest volunteer by at least 20 years). Maybe all of this has something to do with the fact that my biological clock is trying to tell me that if I did have a baby, these are hours I can expect to be awake or asleep. Or, maybe I'm "nesting." I'm not sure. All I know is that I think I may have missed my calling as a farm lady. I suppose there's still time...

Anyone who is accustomed to waking up before 7am can attest that one can get quite a bit of work done this early. Take last Sunday morning for example. I got up at 6am, made a pot of French-pressed (verb?) Cafe Bustelo and headed out to our very weedy vegetable garden in 90 degree heat (yes, even at 6:30am it was close to 90!). By 8am, I had weeded the garden, picked some produce (sweet peas are my new favorite vegetable! none of the peas are making it indoors as they are consumed right out in the garden!) and put down 5 bags of mulch! Check out the enclosed photos of our tomatoes and corn yummies that will soon be ready to pick and eat!

Aside from gardening, I am also getting a bunch of knitting done in these early hours. My current projects are secret special gifts so I can't share everything with you (thus the reason why this photo is hopefully obscure). However, I can share that I LOVE the yarn I'm using for these little gifts. I've pulled things from my stash and also added some Malabrigo to the mix. Why did I wait so long to use this glorious yarn?!

Yarns currently being used:
1 - Misty Alpaca Chunky in snowy white
2 -Manos Del Uruguay, Handspun Semi Solids in baby blue (I'm also making this secret special gift with a hint of GGH Soft Kid in a coordinating color)
3 - Malabrigo Merino Worsted Kettle Dyed Solids in Pagoda
4 - Malabrigo Merino Worsted Kettle Dyed Solids in Vermillion

These secret items are turning out to be really pretty, and I'm hoping my Richmond girls will be happy!


Anne said...

OOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooooooo! I don't know what this is, but I LIKE THE SOUND OF IT! I'll be happy if you just let me fondle those beautiful little rolls of Heaven. The garden is AMAZING. As always, I am in awe... of both the garden and anyone who wakes up before 8 on a Saturday!! YIKES. :)

Celestial said...

I am by nature a night owl - so kudos to you for being able to be that productive that early. Although I do have to admit that I get cleaning urges in the first few hours I'm awake. And ironically those hours are usually spent at work.