Hands in Dirt=Happy Mama

A few years ago, I invested in a soil blocker, I love it.

Isn’t is strange how moods change your perception so completely? Last night, after a kind of crappy day in which I didn’t get a damn thing done or even goof off properly, I surveyed the ruins around me with utter hopelessness and went straight to bed. This morning, after a decent sleep, a cup of coffee and a lovely walk to pick kumquats with my little butterball, I feel rejuvenated. I look around and think instead, ‘okay, no prob. I’ll whip the house into shape, then hang the laundry, then process the kumquats, then plant my beans, go to the garden and water the transplants, rebatch some marmalade, make laundry soap, make another batch of bar soap……’ etc, etc.

We’ll see how far I get on that list.

Ah, remember the days dear friends, when you could actually do that, if you so desired? Wake in the morning and feel inspired. Drink your coffee and just get straight into it. Work at your projects all day if you wanted, until sleep lulled you into bed.

But, I have to keep reminding myself. First on my daily list, and I accomplish it every single day, feed and nurture two budding human beings. Check.

I ought to share that last Wednesday I had a really great day. One of the absolute best since The Babe was born (not counting of course the epic blissful days immediately following birth). I finally found a mama interested in kid-trading (babysitting), and now my little girl, who everywhere we go picks some kid out and follows them around like a puppy, copying their every move and trying to kiss them constantly, has a best friend. It’s the sweetest thing. We just started last week, I took them on Monday, for two hours, then Wednesday she took them.

Through the work of some kind Djinns, the Babe took an hour and a half long nap during the time the Toddler was gone. So I actually got that time truly to myself. The day was sunny and warm, and I had recently stocked up on supplies to start seeds, so I set right into it. Then later on, he took a two hour nap! All in one day I got to have quality time with both kids, individually, clean the house, and play in the dirt! Wow.

seeding my soil blocks
Ahhhh... a type A gardener's dream

My Man stayed up all night last night (literally, went to bed after I got up at 5:45. He does that fairly frequently, bless his heart. Night is the best, quietest time for him to work), so he’ll be sleeping late. I usually try to take the kidlets for a strategicly timed walk on Sunday mornings, so he can have one morning a week to relax with his paper. Because after he gets up, if the Toddler’s around, she latches right onto him and won’t let go. She is a Papa’s Girl all the way. Then, after the walk, he’s usually happy to spend most of the rest of the day doing kid stuff. So I do have high hopes for today.

Wish me luck!

5 thoughts on “Hands in Dirt=Happy Mama

  1. good mornin’ CJ! What a fantastic thing it is when the universe conspires to remind you that there is a tiny little person still in there that really enjoys doing things of their very own, just like Before Children. Makes havin the little blighters around again so much more fun!

    I’m glad for your blissful dirty morning, and hope you enjoy it weekly from here on in…

    (hey, meant to ask you, do you like Micheal Franti and Spearhead? Cos they were playing free in New Orleans last week – only good thing about facebook is Mr Franti lets you stalk him from place to place!)

  2. those coleman soil block are fantastic aren’t they. They speak to my occasional OCD-ed-ness!!! I attended a lecture and workshop given by him a couple years ago. I;d love to see his farm. (all those straight weedless rows… gives me shivers!)
    nothing like what my house looks like!
    thanks again for an enjoyable read. I was just chatting to a friend about and reminding myself about that one daily task that I DO get done.. the important one!
    though somedays its hard to get off the.”if she sleeps another 22 minutes i could get this, this and this done” badwagon….)


    1. oh man, eliot coleman is my absolute favorite garden guru. he’d probably be hell to work for , but i’ve fantasized none the less.
      yes, “occasional OCD” would aptly describe me too. it’s certainly not that i actually live that way, just that i enjoy the pleasures of perfection greatly ;)

  3. Hi! I really like your clever soil blocking device thingy you have there, I’ve never seen one of those! What kind of seeds did you end up planting? That’s good that you found someone interested in kid-swapping, there’s nothing like a bit of time out for you. Your little one looks like she’s having a great time helping her mama in the garden!

    1. those blockers are great. they come in several sizes, mine make 2 inch blocks. i often wish i had 3 inch blocks, since my seedling always outgrow the 2 inchers. but i’m not sure they make 3s…. might skip right to 4s.
      they’re supposed to produce far superior plants, because the roots can never start circling, when they hit the edge, the air just stops them, poised. i personally have not noticed that the plants are superior, but i haven’t exactly done any scientific experiments. i just like that i don’t need to scrounge up as many pots, and they look so slick! plus i’ve always had a soft spot for a well designed tool.

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