I am not, as a general rule, envious of people or their possessions. I am perfectly happy with my simple lifestyle and don't care much about owning "stuff." I feel no need to replace my beat-up furniture or to own a shiny new car. The things that I do own serve me well, and I don't need to have a panic attack if the cat sleeps on the couch and leaves a little hair behind or if the dog gets sick on the throw rug. Those things can be cleaned and work just fine, but if I had all brand spanking new, expensive stuff, I would probably waste a lot of time worrying about every little spot and hair. I have neither the time nor the patience for that.
However, lately I find myself growing a little bit green with envy. There are several blogs and YouTube channels that I follow fairly regularly, and it seems that most of those folks have planted or are in the process of planting their gardens. I am envious.
I really enjoyed having a garden. I miss it. I like digging in the dirt. I like watching things grow. I love the produce that comes from a garden instead of a grocery store. The weeding part.....not so much. But the end result is worth the time and effort.
My landlord suggested that I plant some tomatoes in pots and put them out on the deck of my building. But things that are unattended around here tend to disappear, so I decided against it. I may have to start a little kitchen window sill herb garden and see how that works. Until then, I will have to control my envy and just enjoy watching other people's gardens grow. And wait for the Farmer's Market this summer. The produce I get there is as good, almost, as what I used to grow myself. My son said he wouldn't take me to the Farmer's Market any more unless he had a truck and a hand dolly for hauling all of the produce I buy. Guess what. He bought a truck. I have a hand dolly. Farmer's Market, here we come!
Mom of four and Grandma of six, who writes about family events both past and present as well as anything else that happens to come to mind, shares new photos as well as old and who enjoys life in general.