Good Morning! I’m writing this on a beautiful Friday morning and it is LIGHT out before 6 am …..which means, Welcome Summer!
These long, sunny days have been so nice after the gloomy and wet stretch of weather we were in. Today’s topic is about trying new things.
Have you tried anything new lately ? Out of your comfort zone? Against the “norm” of what you consider your daily routine? If you said yes, that’s great! Hopefully your are reaping the benefits of feeling accomplished or inspired…but it is possible you are feeling the “ouch factor” of a plan gone wrong, or not the way you had intended it to go. It happens! What matters is what you learn from it and how you respond to the situation.
I am a recovering people-pleaser AND overthinker. Double whammy….but if you think about it…they can go hand in hand. What if they don’t like what I have to say? What if they don’t like me? What if the project doesn’t turn out ? How is that going to look? yada yada yada………
I have one of those catchy felt boards in my kitchen….you know, where you can change the letters to make them say something inspiring or quirky? A while back mine read, “Hang on while I overthink about it,” as a humble reminder to myself to NOT overthink about it. I am a work in progress.
So what does this have to do with gardening or farming…or anything you might be following this blog for???
If you are local, you’ve probably seen that we were running a sale at our farm this week on the over abundance of vegetable and herb starters we had planted for our garden. It has been so fun meeting many of you and catching up on life, while doing the usual “garden talk.” I have heard so many people say….” I’d love to have a garden but I don’t know anything about it,” or ” I would never eat that.” I totally get it. Perhaps you’ve tried a garden before and simply didn’t enjoy it…THAT’S OK! Besides, I have a job because people allow me to grow food for them in our garden:) My hope, however, is that you don’t “not try” something just because you think you can’t. Just so you know…there is NO PERFECT WAY to grow something. Mother nature, among so many other factors, play a huge role in our gardens year to year….no season is the same. Some years certain things thrive, while other years they struggle. We do a little reading, rotate and companion plant, and try it again! Either way, I usually learn something along the way.
When it comes to trying new varieties of vegetables….have you tried to prepare something multiple ways? While I never want to sound like “the mom forcing everyone to eat their vegetables,” or to proclaim that my family never has takeout pizza night or the occasional trip to McDonalds, I do know that by eating a wide variety of vegetables from the garden I feel my best and love the satisfaction of knowing I’m taking care of my health. I have learned to love so many different vegetables in the past few years that I had never heard of …simply by trying new ways to prepare them. Yes, there are a few things that I don’t prefer…but they are all worth a TRY. Besides, if you are trying to encourage the little ones in your life to eat healthy, they are going to be watching YOU to do the same.
This spring weather was a doozy. Cold, wet, cloudy….not the perfect recipe for a happy farmer. I feel for the large farms, running out of days to get their corn and soybeans in the ground as they depend on so many long sunny days for growth ….while most farmers are in the same boat, it is still so frustrating! For me, however, I can control a little more of that but creating spaces within the garden I can cover or raise the beds where it gets too wet. I did, however take a gamble this spring by starting things about 4 weeks earlier than I usually do to really make sure we had a jumpstart on the season. The week after I planted our tomatoes the weather was in the 40s and we saw rain for 5 days straight. What in the world did I do? Well…fast forward a few weeks and Thanks be to God that they have all pulled through and are actually thriving! It doesn’t always happen like this , but I took the chance (and I did think it through just enough to pull the trigger) . I knew that if I failed I had more tomatoes to replace them with, but I wanted to try.
Maybe this is a silly analogy…but to me it’s relative to my life right now. There have been situations I have lost sleep over; worrying, wondering, over-thinking. But I am slowly learning to simply educate myself, make a valiant effort, and pray for the best. That’s all we can really do sometimes. So obviously, I want to encourage you all to try to grow something or try something new in the kitchen….but if that’s not “your thing” then what’s something else you can take a chance on today? Is there something you’ve been given a passion for but have spent too much time thinking about all of the ways you could fail? STOP! Stop doubting yourself. If there’s anything I’ve learned and believe with my whole heart is that we have not been given desires or dreams by chance. There’s a reason we were created the way we were and we all have a passion for something. Stop overthinking and take the leap. It might not always be perfect or beautiful…but is anything, really? I sure hope not because I don’t think a “perfect” life would be fun for anybody.
I’m looking forward to a sunny weekend here and will be paying my respects to those who have fought for and/or are continuing to fight for or country. Also, thank you to those who stopped at the sale yesterday…we are open today from 12-4 🙂
Janine, the Farmer’s Wife