Hello at long last from the frigid mountaintop!! It's been eons since I've posted anything on here, I can't believe how the months have flown by. I'm sorry I've been away so long - every day I think about you all and plan to put up a post, and then the days/weeks/months slip by once again.
Thankfully we are all staying safe and well through this horrible pandemic. Sweetie and I have kept our distance from pretty much everyone once we had to move indoors for the winter. It's funny, I always said I didn't have enough time at home, and now I'm home all the time....yet I don't get sick of it! I'm still working remotely, which I love....and the pups love it also. Molly is absolutely my little shadow now, heaven forbid I leave her for a second!
My job has taken on a whole new level of stress, which is largely the reason I haven't been on here. What a year to be in the wedding planning business! We are hoping and praying we can resume hosting weddings this summer, but who knows what that will look like. I shut the computer at the end of my workday and sadly it's the last thing I want to look at until I absolutely have to again.
I bought myself a little lap desk so I could move from the kitchen counter (where I was for the first 6 months of working from home) to anywhere in the house. I settle myself on the sofa in the living room, closer to the fire for these blustery days. I can see out the living room window, to my bird feeders and the gently falling snow. There's a pup on each side of me, and every now and again Molly gets up to give my hand a little kiss - she's such a little lovebug. I'm grateful for the simple moments of peace in my days, to help me through the stressful work hours.
Despite the absolutely frigid temps we are experiencing at the moment, there are signs of spring in the changing light and the lengthening days. The first seeds have been started in the utility room, which gives me something else to focus on other than getting through this crazy pandemic. So far I have started all my herbs along with a few varieties of peppers, celery, leeks, and some spring flowers - stock, osteospermum, nicotiana, and sweet peas. The impatiens seeds arrived yesterday and will be the next to be started.
I started my seeds two weeks earlier this year - I have a constant struggle with growing peppers up here, and I'm hoping if I set out bigger plants in spring I will finally have a good pepper crop.
I think I will try them in pots this year, rather than in the veggie garden. Perhaps if they are not competing with so many other veggies in such a small garden they will do better. If I put the pots on the stone patio, maybe the heat radiating from the stones will also help them out. Fingers crossed! Every year I swear I'm giving up on peppers, yet every year I try again. I guess I'm an eternal optimist!
I miss my spring and summer evenings on the swing, but I know they will come around once again. Time really flies as I get older - I can't believe it's nearly February already. Before you know it I'll be doing my daily walkabout in the garden, searching for bulbs popping up. I planted a bunch of new bulbs in the fall, so I'll be super excited to see what the critters didn't eat, come spring! I also split and moved a ton of daffodils in spring so I'm hoping year by year I'll see a sea of bobbing yellow heads as I walk my property.
Until that time comes, I'll do what I normally do in winter....hunker down and enjoy my cozy house. My houseplants get a little extra TLC in winter, when they aren't competing with my outside plants. The amaryllis is out of dormancy and growing like a weed.
The geraniums I have tucked here and there around the house aren't flowering yet, but they're happy, so that's good. I usually overwinter all my geraniums using this method but I have noticed that some of the younger/smaller ones don't do as well as the larger, more established ones. This year I decided to bring the smaller ones in (they are all pieces I rooted from larger ones) and scatter them around the house.
I ended up bringing in 7 potted geraniums, which are now in every window I could tuck them into. Two are even in the guest shower, under a skylight.
I hope you are all staying safe and well, and I'll try not to leave it as long before the next update. Thank you to all of you who have reached out to make sure I'm ok - I truly do miss all of you, I am just having a hard time balancing my work and personal life, I need to get better at that.
Until next time, my friends xo