Friday, March 26, 2010

Four Letters... Starts With "S"

When snow falls, nature listens. ~Antoinette van Kleeff

I woke up this morning and what did I see?


I flipped on the light to take the dog out and there was white stuff falling from the sky. It appears to be over now, but I was utterly horrified... not that I should be. It's pretty standard for March weather.

One year, I was feeling brave and planted the Friday prior to Memorial Day (the "rule" here is don't plant your tender crops/flowers until Memorial Day). The weather forecast was mild and I just didn't want to wait any more.

I can even remember what year it was, because the first of the new Star Wars movies had been released. The Saturday following my planting, DH and I went to the early showing (about 9:30 a.m.), enjoyed the movie and then stepped outside to find... SNOW.

I panicked.

"We have to get home NOW. I have tomatoes and peppers in the garden!!!"

We hurried home, picked up the baby from the neighbor's and I ran to the garden, which was covered in about 1/2" of snow. I started throwing anything I could over stuff, even tipped my wheelbarrow over three of the pepper plants.

The next morning, I checked them. And everything above ground had died. The plants actually recovered, because the ground didn't freeze, but I lost a lot of time waiting for them to basically start over.

And I swore to never plant before Memorial Day again, no matter WHAT the weather forecast said.

I'm feeling brave this year, planning on my mini-greenhouses, assuming the weather will stay mild (like it did last year -- we had our last frost the first week of May last year). But I wonder if I'm jinxing myself...


The beginning agility class went pretty well last night. No dog fights! YAY! And the Great Dane's dad wasn't there, just the mom... and I think the dog was far better behaved. I wonder if all that extra testosterone was getting him riled?

The instructor also addressed the issue and made it clear that she expected owners to correct their dogs when they behaved in a way that wasn't acceptable, and for the most part we had a peaceful night.

I was exhausted again, but no headache.


You Are Consistent

Of all the types, you are the most disciplined and the most ethical. You have high ideals.

You thrive when you are able to be an advocate for causes that you believe in.

Some people may say that you are a bit stubborn and inflexible, but you're more tolerant than they realize.

You do your best to live a principled and just life - which can make you a bit tense and critical at times.

ROFL.. that's actually pretty close. I chose the kind of scribble I usually do when I'm on the phone with someone and .... bored.



Maria Zannini said...

See, this is why I waited. But it should be safe for us now. Ma Nature always hurls something at us the day of our "safe" date just to keep us off balance.

I plant in earnest this week and I'll put the chicks in their new house next week. The temps are climbing toward the 70s now and staying stable.

Thank goodness!

Good luck. Let me know if your veggies made it through with your mini greenhouses. I did that one year and they did really well, but I decided it was too much work so now I wait. LOL.

Sarita Leone said...

We have a fresh inch of that white stuff this morning, too. I'm ignoring it.

Glad the class went well last night!

Dru said...

They said it was going to snow here but no accumulation. All I've seen is rain which is a good thing because we're having a cold front this weekend.

I hope all goes well with your planting.

You Are Trustworthy

Of all the types, you are the most responsible and loyal. You take your duties seriously.

You thrive when you are able to do something practical and productive. You hate to waste your time.

Some people say that you are a bit neurotic or cautious, but you believe it's better to be safe than sorry.

You do your best to live a engaging and important life. You want what you do to matter.


Have a good Friday.

Melissa McClone said...

You are so lucky. I want to wake up to snow. I've been wanting to wake up to snow for months. Still waiting...

Tori Lennox said...

I'm tired of this wacky roller coaster weather!

Brandy said...

I bought a tomato plant this week and can't wait to plant it. Yes, just the one. I'm being cautious. I have a feeling Mother Nature is going to show us a few extra things.

I hope you have a good weekend!