Last night we had six inches of fluffy new snow, covering the evergreens around our house, making it look like a Christmas card. Only we live in this Christmas card all year long. How lucky can a person be, anyway? Yep, despite the dire news on the TV about a new strain of COVID in the UK, we’re getting ready for Christmas like usual. Even though it will be a very “small” Christmas dinner. Possibly David and Elizabeth will come. Although I just spoke to David and he said she’s been having contractions all day so that may not happen. And, of course, we can’t go to the hospital, due to COVID restrictions if this turns out to be the big day. Talk about biting one’s nails!
We put up our Christmas tree yesterday and let it fluff out all night. And today I went ahead and decorated it. But it did feel lonely as usually there are at least a couple of “helpers.” Will’s not much of a holiday guy so he pretty much sits and reads tractor ads while I decorate. It does look lovely though. (And putting up the tree inspired me to wash the windows behind it and also to sweep up the floor where the couch had sat for months. (No, we don’t have dust bunnies — more like dust elephants!)
Already I’m drawing out plans for our nine gardens, figuring where we can put what, so they are sufficiently isolated in order to harvest pure seed from everything. And if you don’t think that’s a chore! Whew! I just think I’ve got it figured out when I remember something else I absolutely must grow next spring. I also really want to get a small, permanent greenhouse built as our plants tend to get leggy and wind damaged as they get big, just before being transplanted outdoors. Now I carry the plants out onto the back deck where they get more sun than in the windows. But if a wind or storm comes up suddenly, they get blown about and sad looking. I know we can do better as years ago, back in Sturgeon Lake, I had an attached greenhouse to the house and grew hundreds of stocky, healthy plants to transplant out to our market gardens. We always try to think of ways to make what we do easier and better — a never-ending task. Even with the COVID vaccine out there, we feel there’s going to be a steep economic decline and possible food (and other) shortages in the future. So, as we say here, add more manure to the gardens, cut more firewood, and plant more beans! God will do the rest. — Jackie