I have always been an outdoor enthusiast and a tomboy. Some of my favorite memories involve camping with the Girl Scouts, land nav with my dad, nature with the hubs, and winter in Maine. It's not in me to shy away from dirt and sweat and sun and the like. As much as I love being able to be outdoors and have adventures, I oftentimes shy away from it if I have to do it alone (yeah, I know how strange that is coming from such a strong introvert but I much prefer to share these adventures with people I know and love). On the other hand, sometimes a girl just needs to hook up the puppy and get outdoors.
After making my second visit to the glorious, relaxing, soul regenerating Verda Mae Farm to be with my sister in spirit (and in Christ), I realized it was time to stop waiting. I have allowed so much of my life to be on hold as I wait for things God has in store; wait for my business to take off; wait for the possibility of surrogacy to become reality; wait for this phase of my hubby's career to be move into the next phase; wait for the pup to be fully housebroken; and wait to live my life where I am. No more.
I have wanted to plant a garden for some time now and the desire only intensified after my first visit to VMF. No, I can't have my own farm just yet and I don't have the budget or the space for the horses, chickens, llamas, and pygmy goats of my dreams, but I can do something to get myself closer to that outdoor, self-sufficient, enjoying the dirt part of my life that I want so dearly. After this second visit to VMF, I came home with renewed passion and a plan.
Step #1 - order "Square Foot Gardening" by Mel Bartholomew
Step #2 - determine my gardening budget
Step #3 - get some items locally and order the rest
Step #4 - have a mini freak out because I can't believe I'm actually doing this
Step #5 - find local nurseries to get some advice on local soil and conditions
Step #6 - get the plants and seeds (and awesome soil I found at Aldi's)
Step #7 - plant my garden!
Step #7 was postponed a week - from last week to this week - when my Saturday turned into a working Saturday and then got snowed out. SNOWED OUT!
This weekend, however, was beautiful. Mid-60's, breeze off the water, sunny, and the pup was in great spirits! Praise the Lord for good weather, great supplies, and the energy to get my project started.
So, here I am - day 1 of my living in the now is drawing to a close and the garden is planted. I hope I will wake up to find that the deer haven't demolished my little garden.
Stay tuned for updates on the garden, the clean eating, the Southern Maryland adventures, the puppy, and more!
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I am Christian Straightedge Christ follower, an Army Brat, an ex-milso, founder and CEO of FitnessAnyaMind, a sofa CEO, a nomad, a fur baby mom, and a mindset builder. I enjoy nature, reading, music, cooking, and taking care of those whom I love.