Saturday, April 30, 2011

April Fools Joke?

Oh, my.. April is almost over and I haven't posted my 'first'.  What was the 'Something' I have never done before?  My new experience for April was my first day of Farmer's Market, April 2nd. Truly an event to be remembered and I thought perhaps this was some delayed April Fools joke, not unlike an initiation into a secret club.

The rain poured down, the wind blew... I forgot my hat....... there was hail. I forgot my banner.  My tent blew away and my carefully prepared signs and papers were soaking wet. I went through 4 pairs of gloves, wore leg warmers, longjohns, turtleneck and vest with snow pants.  I had to change rain gear twice and fortunately I had brought 2 sets.  I was never so cold in my life............   But I had a marvelous time! 

It was a day to reconnect with former customers and friends and I actually sold a few plants. Determined gardeners are a hardy bunch!  If I had sold just one plant with the weather the way it was I would have been happy. Needless to say, starting out the season this way, I have only one way to go and that is UP.  But my first day will be etched in my memory forever, but unlike many 'firsts', I have no desire to repeat the experience. Today is the last Saturday and the last day of April. The forecast is for the sun to shine and the temperatures to actually reach 60 degrees.  Maybe I will finally get to wear my apron!  Although last Satruday was quite nice......... I forgot my apron.

The SECOND week of Farmers Market.  I survived the first week to return and set up shop once again!

Sunday, April 10, 2011


Mr. Adventure ... Life is never dull with the P-Man around.

5 years old today!  Another 'I can't believe it' milestone.  I can remember the day you were born..... and it was NOT that long ago.  Of course, I can remember the day your Daddy was born, (like it was yesterday) and that was almost 35 years ago.  Sigh ............ I must be getting old. .... nahhhhhhhh

Full of energy and constantly in motion, you keep Boppy and Nannie on our toes. 
We have you to thank for keeping us fit!

Our #1 Grandson is no longer a baby .... Or even a toddler.  You are all boy ... and 'Boy Oh Boy'! we are having fun.   

Just one of the ways to be 'creative' with permanent markers.
You are an artist and a designer of fine jewelry.

We know your 5th year will bring even more 'one-of-a-kind' adventures and excitement as we watch you grow into a remarkable young man.  When the Grand-Girls get all the attention and festivities in February you get a little out of sorts. Hmmmmmmmm, you MIGHT even pout.  You anxiously await APRIL!  Your month to celebrate. Well, today you get a blog post all to your self.. with 2 photos! AND a video. You are a special lad indeed.  (But we've always known that).  Have a wonderful day and a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!  We love you so much,   Nannie and Boppy

Monday, April 4, 2011

What Happened to March?

Hard to believe it is APRIL already and that is no joke.  March, which came in like a LION with 6 inches of snow was quite tumultuous.  The last day?  Finally reached 60 degrees for about an hour. It was lovely.  But it didn't last.  The amazing thing about March is how fast it went by.  Always the most stressful month of the growing season for greenhouse and nursery folks, this March was exceptionally busy and full. Did I do anything NEW?  I can't remember! It really is a blur,  but one thing I do know for sure. As many 'irons' as I have in the 'fire', and as nasty as the weather was......... I thoroughly enjoyed myself.  That's the NEW surprise for March. Somehow, I managed to fit everything in and didn't just survive it. I had FUN!  Totally in control of my own crazy schedule. (Not to forget the mega support from SB).  This must be what retirement is all about! Relaxed and happy and busier than ever. Stay tuned for April 2011. I already know there are new adventures for me in April. My first Farmer's Market! and just 218 months left until 80.