Saturday, June 04, 2011

Clouds With Big Silver Linings


The forwarning of weather should have been in the nifty cirrus clounds Tuesday night. We haven't seen much sun since. Since, it was a lovely walk that evening and I'm glad I got out since the subsequent weather hasn't been at all tempting. Currenlty it looks cold (see picture 2 posts below) and the icy bits of snow are scouring against my window, sounding worse than they would if it was colder.

I planted a few nasturiums in my room, and they are currently flourishing in a way that only nasturiums do, seeming to grow before your eyes. 3 flowers have bloomed (I have an orange one that is well ahead of the second lot I sowed in the same container) and two are currently in bloom with at least 4 or 5 more buds getting read to bud. They leave me wanting to plant a whole bunch more. I can't wait to see my garden. I'm not sure what shape it is in, but I'm looking forward to seeing hopefully a few surviving lilies after 2 years of nasty lily beetle infestations and some of the perrenials should have survived not being watered occasionally, assuming they aren't dying from a waterlogging summer. I'll have to go up to Terra and spend some money. (I worked there one spring - but I'm not sure I made much money that I also didn't spend there) I absolutely loved working there and I still visiting. I hope they have nasturiums... because I'm pretty sure my mom needs some for a belated mother's day present.

Its hard to believe that the year is coming to the end. I have lots to look forward in both the summer and next year, but especially in the short term, I'm looking forward to seeing my mom, dad, siblings #3 and #4 and sibling #3's delightful and awesome-sauce spouse and their adorable kids. (#4's girlfriend is also awesome, although I'm not sure if and when I'll get a chance to see her) I'm also looking forward to spending time with my grandparents who were co-authors of most of my best childhood stories and whose stories of the north are the reason I fell in love with the Barrens long before I finally made it here. I will also get to see sibling #2, his wonderful spouse and 2 bright-eyed, and bushy tailed squirrels and S's family too.

I've been here 3 years and I'm a part of this community more than I have been in any other place at any other time in my life. I've gotten past the novelty of living in the north to a sincere appreciation of what it is and what it has the potential to become. Its a beautiful place and frankly, I enjoy complaining about the weather and the lack of produce. The one downside is the distance from my family, so it'll be good to be able to see them all a bit this summer and see how much beansprouting upwards the little ones have done. Additionally, I'll get my fix of trees and gardens and Kaylee (the malamute) and produce - assuming that this deadly E. coli doesn't spread to north america.

Cheers, to living in a wonderful and ever surprising world.... especially on a blizzardy day in June.

J

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