I’ve been a bit absent on the blog the past few months, with my recent three-week gap being especially notable. While I’ve tried writing more regularly in the past, for the time being I’ve decided to post when I feel inspired to. And, honestly, that hasn’t been as frequently lately.
One big reason for that, perhaps the biggest reason why I’m not finding it so exciting to write here these days is that I’m writing a ton for work. I’m currently in the midst of working on four substantial documents: two massive reports that I’m lead author on, a chapter for another report, and a journal manuscript. I got one out the door last week and an hoping that I can do the same for another this week. So while I haven’t been writing here, I have been churning out a lot of words elsewhere.
But that’s not the only reason. The bigger reason is perhaps even more understandable: it’s finally spring. I haven’t written a post since my garden melted out of the snow and allowed me to start getting ready for another year.
I’ve been busy since then, putting all my new gardening knowledge to work. I weeded the asparagus patch and prepped beds for early planting in mid-April. I even planted a some cold crops—radishes, lettuce, spinach, carrots, peas, and more—to see if my old seeds are still viable. In one part of the garden, I’ve erected a mini hoop house using some new skills I gained (and metal pipe that I bent) at a workshop on season extension.
But I haven’t just been working in the vegetable garden: I’ve been spending a lot of time outside around the yard and elsewhere. Since spring really began on May 1st, I’ve been outside a ton….
- Sunday (May 1): A little bit of yard work and my first real bike ride of the year.
- Monday (May 2): Planted, mulched, watered 14 blueberry plants in the front yard.
- Tuesday (May 3): A short morning run. Planted, mulched, watered 18 new raspberry plants in the back yard
- Wednesday (May 4): Met up with Sara to paddle in preparation for the upcoming Canoe Triathlon.
- Thursday (May 5): A short run after work and a short bike ride to “town.”
- Friday (May 6): My first bike commute of the year to work. Plus, I managed to bike three more short segments that day, which will add up for the National Bike Challenge.
- Saturday (May 7): I spent a wonderful day with my husband, visiting the lake and talking to neighbors. In the evening, I set up my garden watering system and moved soil around the yard.
- Sunday (May 8): A big gardening day that involved moving soil, transplanting violets to use as a ground cover, and prepping and planting a new strawberry bed. In the afternoon, I took two hours to bike one of my favorite routes.
I’ve been so busy that I haven’t even taken many pictures of all this work. Now that the tree buds have finally popped and leaves will be starting to emerge, I’ll work on taking more photos. And hopefully I’ll blog a little more frequently too.