Sunday, August 14, 2011

Hello again

Hi there folks.  Sorry it's been so long.  There has been a lot going on for our little family this summer which has taken priority over blogging time....

Needless to say, the greenhouses have been quite the huge commitment.  Holy smokes!  Those wonderful overflowing domiciles of veggie bounty do require an amazing amount of time and energy (and water!).  Not that I am complaining.  It's amazing to have more tomatoes than I know what to do with already ripe for the picking in August when I am often lucky to get a few by the middle of September.  And cucumbers, and eggplants, and onions, and squash, and basil, and peppers, and.... you get the idea, I'm sure.  It's been wonderful and truly a blessing.  We even have melons!!!  Real honest to goodness melons!  In western Washington!  We planted them with low expectations, just an experiment.  But, by golly, we actually have dozens of good-sized fruit set and ripening on the vines!

Like I said, the greenhouses have been such a blessing... but also a challenge for me this summer.  About the time of my last blog post I began getting god-awfully nauseous every time I tried to work in them.  The heat and combined smells of the all the different veggies (especially the onions, of which there are hundreds) were just too much.  I kept having to find dry spots to lie down and catch my breath while waiting for waves of nausea to pass.  Hmm... very strange.  Then came the fatigue.  I just couldn't quite muster the energy to get to the greenhouses at dawn to work before they got too hot.  And when I finally did make my way there I felt exhausted and like I was swimming through molasses rather than simply watering, planting and pruning.  What the heck?  My dreams coming true and they're making me sick?

Ha!  Not quite!  That's right folks... for those of you who may have already guessed.  We planted one more seed this spring of the not-so-veggie variety.  There is another little one on the way!  As today marks the beginning of the second trimester, I feel that I can finally share the news.  We are thrilled and excited and couldn't be more happy to be welcoming another munchkin into our family!  And I am happy to also report that as long as I get enough sleep and regular bites of food, I am significantly less nauseous and exhausted these last few days... a HUGE relief.  I can't wait to get back full swing into the responsibilities that Steve has had to take over for the last couple of months (which have included daybreak watering at the greenhouse and anything involving strong smelling food).

I'm also excited to get back into the blogging flow again.  I am short on photos at the moment, but hope to return soon with some greenhouse and summertime fun beauties.  Happy summer everyone!