Liralen Li (liralen) wrote,
Liralen Li
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Plantings

On the way home tonight, I saw the near new moon, a single, tarnished silver fingernail of light drifting in and out of darkness as storm clouds moved in. It kept disappearing and then reappearing when I looked for it as if slipping away from attention. There should be snow tonight.

I spent the last two days planting. Rows and rows of stuff at the outreach center. Four packets of seeds, hundreds of plants, probably. Most of them will freeze and thaw for the next few weeks, but they're the varieties that can take it at night. Then, today, after a three hour nap, I planted over 100 tomato and sweet pepper plants for myself and the outreach center, and anyone that wants to grow some plants and take the resultant veg back to feed the homeless. It should help. Yesterday, one of the guys came out to help a little, before some group was serving lunch, and when he left, he waved and said, "Keep warm."

I returned, "Keep warm." It always tugs at me, that parting.

Especially when the support for the peas was frozen solid to the ground. I had to yank up all the strings to try and get it out of the ice. Snow still drifts in all the dark, north facing areas. But I planted spinach and lettuce and radishes. They all do well in the cold.

I failed to make kendo yet again. The plants needed doing so badly, and I've been wiped out for a few days and nights. I'm going to be gone for a week and in a week, they'll all be up and sprouted and another week and I'll be transplanting into the greenhouse. Then I'll start more. Last year, they got over 3000 pounds of food from the $40 worth of seed I started like a maniac. I'll keep doing that part of it.

Jet had friends over and with the extra sunshine, they played until it was nearly 7, and then did video games in the basement. I planted while they played, and then tried to get a little computer time in and finally edited down the first chapter of the next two in twin souls. Another to do and another being written, I'm feeling good about the flow through on the stories. But Jet and I had been planning on doing glow golf for the evening. Given that I was leaving for a week, we wanted to do something special together. But the mall had closed even before he'd come in from outside. So we had a McDonald's dinner together, and he was happy with that. I'm glad I have a kid that's easily pleased. *grin*
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