There are two things that I am doing to combat the cold. They both involve planning for spring and summer. Somehow, when I am able to convince myself that these sub freezing temperatures will not last forever, it seems to thaw my fingers, ever so slightly…
The first: I plan on saving up for this Anthropologie swimsuit. It’s outrageously expensive, but the thought of getting to wear something this awesome and VINTAGE-looking makes me quite happy.
It does, however, put the pressure on. While I weigh less than before I got pregnant, my abs are not…what they used to be 🙂 I will need to turn up the Pilates, that’s for sure!
The next thing I’m excited about is the prospect of gardening. It’s going to be EPIC (for me). I’m determined to combat Texas’ extreme hot/cold temperatures and grow tons of produce this year. The best way to do this, I’ve found, is to have “window gardens”. Sure, they limit things, mainly because of the size of the containers, but I’m ready for the challenge 🙂 Last year, as you know if you read this blog, I successfully grew large amounts of cilantro, basil and cherry tomatoes. All 3 died sometime around October– the first two, from lack of sunlight. The cherry tomatoes were dead first, having fallen prey to aphids (it’s hard to get lady bugs in window gardens!). I was pretty heartbroken about my cherry tomatoes, seeing as I planted those seeds while I was pregnant. Watching them grow was really therapeutic as I imagined the life growing inside me. I know it sounds crazy, but I got really depressed as I watched them die slowly over the course of a week. I tried everything I knew in order to save them, all to no avail. In the end, I couldn’t bear to look at them anymore and had Jesse leave them on the porch to put them out of their misery.
Anyways, I’ve already made the list of things I think I should at least attempt. Jesse would really like me to grow a few varieties of peppers, seeing as he is really into making his own salsa as of late. I would like to re-try cherry tomatoes. Basil and Cilantro are must-haves because we use them so often.
I’m not sure how many windows we will have in our next place, wherever that might be, but as of now I only have 2 windows that get enough sunlight, which means around 6 planters. Everything I’ve mentioned will probably be more than enough, but in the case that I get more, I need ideas. Obviously, I can’t grow things like cantaloupe and carrots, seeing as the containers aren’t deep enough. Anyone got any suggestions?