Archive for June, 2011

It’s Go Time!

Hey Folks!

Our first two preserving classes are officially open for registration! They are going to sell out quickly. So if you’re interested, sign up today! Click here for sign-up instructions.

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What’s Happening?

Hey everyone, how’s it going in your garden these days? We’ve been enjoying lettuces and spinach all week. My radishes are beautiful, although I haven’t eaten any yet. I’ll also be serving the broccoli I harvested yesterday for dinner tonight. Can’t wait! My onions and beets are looking good. Curious about how the carrots are coming along.

My brussels sprouts and cauliflower plants are growing large, so hopefully we’ll see some good veggies coming soon. I think it’s been too darn cold for my peppers and tomatoes. They’re looking a little less desirable these days.

Yesterday I fertilized, so hopefully that will help. Also, I’ve been mulching with grass clippings. Don’t much with grass around lettuce! I’m sure my husband & I enjoyed a little grass with our salad last night. Oh well, what he doesn’t know won’t kill him.

How are you and your garden doing these days?

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Life is What I Make of It

This morning I was cooking food to bring to a friend who just had surgery, when an enormous thunderclap shook our house. I jumped out of my skin, then looked over to my son to see his reaction. He was doing the same thing–staring at me to see if this huge noise was a good thing or bad thing. So I threw my arms up in the air and yelled, “Hooray!” He laughed and the dogs came running in to see what fun they were missing. That’s when I had my own lightning bolt moment: life is what I make of it.

My son looks to me as his barometer, gauging my reactions. My employees at the shop, as well as colleauges in my industry, do the same. Yes business is tough these days. The housing market is a shadow of its former self. I didn’t give myself a raise this year. On the other hand, we’re still in business after three years (when the majority of businesses fail), we’ve learned to survive on thinner margins and I’m paying myself when many business owners aren’t! I make sure to share all the good news with my colleagues because I know they’re being bombarded by low numbers and phones that aren’t ringing. And I tell my employees when business picks up because they certainly know when it drops.

Yesterday one of my customers was leaving the store as scaffolding was going up in front of the building. I told her it would cover my awning for a month, and we’d have to get a banner so folks knew we were still open. She made the best of it by saying, “Maybe customers will slow down to see the construction and then they’ll see your store!”

Is this a different way of saying,–cue Monty Python– “always look on the bright side?” Maybe. It could be a bit survivalist, possibly naive at times. Any way, it’s working for me. Here are some other gems:

  • Hard things are hard to do. (Thanks for your sage advice, Dad.)
  • Burned food makes you pretty. (From my culinarily-challenged aunt.)
  • It could be worse. (My mom should have this tattoed on her head.)

    What are your words to live by?

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