Finding Time

30 Mar

Where.  It’s a word I find myself using to preface many sentences lately.

Where has the time gone?  Where have I been?  Where am I going to find the time to … run? shop for shoes? get my hair done?  book a hotel?  weed? get a manicure? blog? start tomato seeds? go for a hike? take another meeting?  Where has my mind gone?

Fortunately, one of those questions has an easy answer: We were in Bermuda, just last weekend.  It was glorious.  Beautiful, warm sunshine, rippling water, pink beaches and everyone wishing everyone else a good day.  I love Bermuda.

One of my favorite things about the place is how easy it is to tell the locals from the tourists.  The locals are anyone still wearing a puffer jacket and a winter hat in 70º weather, the exact opposite of upstate New York, where in the winter any day without snow on the ground is an opportunity for shorts and flip flops.  Oh, and another thing I love about Bermuda?  English candy.  Especially right before Easter when Cadbury Mini Eggs profusely populate the shelves.

A less easy question to answer is: Where will the wedding madness end?  We’ve crossed the point where it’s under a month until the big day.  Things are coming together: Isaac’s family have booked hotels and flights, I found a dress, Isaac found a suit, dinner is set, the cake is ordered and we’ve settled on a photographer (what a tough choice, I would really like to be my own photographer, but I’m told that would be less than ideal), but it still feels endless.  People keep telling me “It’s your big day!” and yet everyone has an opinion about how the day should be.  I can’t wait until it’s over!

On a more pleasant note, the answer to; where will I find the time to pull the garden together? answered itself.  I’ve been really worried that I would be forced to neglect my veggies and flowers this year, between the wedding, the September party (which would be bad, because I have plans for all those flowers) and just normal summer travel and busyness.  But on Saturday I was able to get in and start planting things: Peas, lettuces, chards, beets and turnips.

We have this amazing cleaning woman at my office, Ellie.  Ellie is from Montenegro and one of the nicest people I have ever met.  Last year I bought a lot of plants for the garden from the Union Square greenmarket.  I would bring the little seedlings back to the office and place them on the windowsill until I could tote them upstate on Fridays.  Ellie noticed, and she started offering me tips from back home in Montenegro where her family has farmed for decades.

One of her top tips was to sow certain things very early, so early that sometimes the ground is still frozen.  Lucky for me, the ground is mostly frost-free now and the weather outlook is fine.  Maybe, just maybe we’ll have something to show Isaac’s parents in the garden when they come to see the house for the first time.

So tell me, how is your spring shaping up?  Are there signs of life in your neck of the woods?  Have you gotten to do any good, hard work?  What are you most looking forward to in your garden this year?  And if you have anytime management tips, feel free to share those, too.

7 Responses to “Finding Time”

  1. Adrienne March 30, 2010 at 7:21 am #

    Wow, your wedding is coming up so soon! Mine’s not for another six months, but I too will be glad when the craziness is over. So far we’ve started seedlings for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and basil. We’re going to visit my grandparents this weekend but I hope to get home early enough on Sunday to plant peas and kale and lettuce, and I want to start zucchini and cucumbers inside next weekend. We’re also growing some herbs and some weird walking onions a co-worker gave me that I started last fall. My chives are back already, and I’m hoping my strawberries perk up soon.

    I wish I had some time management tips to share, but all I can say is good luck with the final countdown month!

  2. Andrea March 31, 2010 at 10:48 am #

    Your get away looks wonderful.
    I’ve noticed that people seem to have more fun at events when its simple and relaxed. Do what is truly your style.
    The wonderful thing about gardening is that it helps you relax. I know starting your own is great but there are lots of folks out there planting pots of veggies to make it easy for you is you need to cheat. I’m sure there is a local farmer/farm stand/farmers market in up-state NY that will have plants available when you need them.
    Those are my three cents. Best wishes on a wonderful day and a happy lifetime.

  3. Christine March 31, 2010 at 3:21 pm #

    Weddings are crazy-making to be sure. We were engaged for two years, but didn’t actively start planning, didn’t even set a date until a year and a half into the engagement. I was glad that we didn’t give ourselves more than six months, because I would have been a ball of nerves.

    Bermuda looks beautiful!

    I’m always amazed at your gardening prowess. Our backyard is tee-tiny and gets no sun. Eventually we plan on putting in a roof deck, but in the meantime I’m planting two or three giant wooden barrels with one or two pepper plants, tomatoes, and scarlet runners.

    Maybe I’ll try some kale on our balcony, once it is fixed up…it should get a wee bit more light. And that’s about it. Jealous of all your space, to be sure.

    You should try your hand at cucuzza if you’re down for giving it a trellis. http://www.cucuzzasquash.com/index042608LAST.html They grow fast, the squash is tasty (I like it stewed and soft), but I just love, love, love the greens and no one ever mentions they are edible. They are, and they are delicious.

  4. ann April 1, 2010 at 5:55 am #

    Adrienne — I know, aren’t we crazy? I think from start to finish we’ll have only been engaged for 3 months, but when you’ve been together 7 years, why wait around, right?
    I’ve got some seedlings too, but I’m not sure they’re going to make it. I’m a terrible seedling starter since I won’t invest in all the lighting and stuff. I have some walking onions too. I think they’re awesome! The bulbils are really really good in salad dressings in place of shallots.

    Andrea — You’re totally on the same page as me. I have started a lot of things, but I’m not going to stress out if they don’t make it. There’s a lady at the Union Square greenmarket who sells beautiful, heirloom seedlings. I certainly hope people have fun at our party!

    Christine — Two years!! ACK! I would die! Two months is plenty! I bet you could grow some kale, for sure, go with the lacinato, but don’t expect them to get too big. keep sowing them and eat them as babies in salads. Delicious! You might try some chard too. Those cucuzza squash are *fascinating*! I couldn’t give them a lot of time last night because I was super busy, but I’m definitely intrigued, especially since the greens are edible. How fascinating!! Thanks!

  5. Marusya April 8, 2010 at 1:06 pm #

    I wish you could be your own photogrpaher! Your photos are lovely, an inspiration.

  6. catn1p April 10, 2010 at 7:05 pm #

    I stopped by here accidentally and I`ll say that I really like your photos. Clouds, water, this cute cat (I love cats) – amazing. And good luck with your wedding, of course! Greetings.

  7. naomi dagen bloom April 25, 2010 at 8:58 pm #

    Portland (OR) Farmers Market opened couple of weeks ago and I dived into rhubarb again. Always looking for new recipes found Rhubarb with Chicken which called for “Essence” so may be something from Emeril. Tried it tonight: okay but not quite.

    Great good fortune on the upcoming wedding. Advice from very longtime married marriage counselor: keep it simple, if possible.

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