Thursday, March 6, 2014
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Dealing with snowstorm #1818 this winter. It's a strange feeling to despise snow, to feel pain as you watch it fall, anxiety creeping in the whiter it gets, to see it's white beauty juxtaposed against the black grimace and scorn of my being. Fop off, snow! You're not wanted round here! We experienced temper tantrum #2543 from Ruth yesterday as yet another day passed this winter where outside was not an option. Our flowers are happy though. Maybe people will mistakingly perceive me through the veil of the flowers' joy and not realize I have a black soul.
I exaggerate. Kind of.
Monday, February 17, 2014
“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” -Haruki Murakami
Not that the storm we suffered has even been that bad. We are feeling SO much better and thank you all for your thoughts. Adversity just makes us stronger, right?
Friday, February 14, 2014
But seriously, it has been a challenging winter for us. Our greenhouse heater went out during one of the first arctic blasts we had and we lost a couple rounds of lilies and several rounds of transplants. Then yesterday we lost our new hoophouse which we received the majority of funding for through the NRCS. Stuart and our crew put so much time into the construction of that house. We had just finished ditching and preparing a french drain for it and we were slated to have it all planted by late March. Then I went into the greenhouse yesterday and noticed leaf burn on the last round of lilies we had planted, which means (i'm guessing) our heater is emitting too much ethylene or some other gas that would do this. Sometimes I would like nothing more than to create a blank slate and start over, perhaps even in another field of work. But we sit and ask ourselves what we would rather be doing and we have trouble coming up with anything. So farming it is, despite the heartbreak, despite the loss, despite the failure. I hope we have some big wins this year as well.