Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Quilting and Gardening

We have been busy in our garden lately. We finally had the opportunity to get our garden beds laid out, and we've put in seeds and the plants that we've grown from seed. It is so cool to watch a seed grow from this tiny, seemingly inconsequential thing to a plant, with leaves and everything. And, eventually, there will be food in my backyard. We've already been eating kale and lettuce that we're grown. We're hoping we get some broccoli soon.

In addition to gardening, I have also spent a lot of time lately getting to know other people in my community. I've lived in this house for five years, but barely knew anyone outside my neighborhood. I thought I had mentioned before that I joined our county's homemakers club that is sponsored by the county extension office, but I can't find any post about it. Anyway, I was only going to the sewing group part of the club (there are nine different homemakers clubs with various themes), but decided about a month ago to start going to some of the other meetings.

So in the past month, I have attended at least five meetings, and I love getting to know the women at these clubs. I have been welcomed and made to feel like a member of the group. When I run into women I've already met, they hug me and tell me they're happy I came. They make me feel like I belong.

This morning, my daughter and I went to the quilt guild. There were about twenty women there and I had only met three of them. Abigail usually displays quite a bit of stranger anxiety when we're with people we don't know well or don't see often, and today was no exception. She sat in my lap with her head on my shoulder for forty-five minutes, until I decided it was time to go to the local library for their summer reading kick-off. They were having a puppet show, and since Abigail has never seen one, I thought she would enjoy it.

When we got there, the show had already started and the room was dark. The city mouse and country mouse kept sneezing and flying off stage as they screamed. Within a few minutes, she was asking to leave. I told her if we left then we were going back to the quilt guild, and she said she wanted to go.

When we got back to the extension office, she started making friends. Abigail got her doctor kit out of her backpack, and started going around the table giving the ladies shots and pretend suckers. She checked heartbeats and ears. She patted ladies on the cheek and rubbed their arms. I am so thrilled that she is starting to feel comfortable with the homemakers group too.

After the quilt guild we came home for lunch and I put Abigail down for a nap. After her daddy got home from work, I left again to try out the gardening association which is also part of the homemakers club.

I had planned to take her with me, but she decided she wanted to spend time with her daddy instead. This turned out to be a good thing, since the garden club actually had a lecture on a member's back patio. I'm not sure that my girl could have stayed still through the whole thing. I loved seeing the gardens and getting ideas for my own. I was even sent home with a couple of new plants - a Japanese iris and a yarrow.

How is your garden doing? Or do you have other spring-time activities that you enjoy?


Sian said...

We have a tiny little city garden, but we've managed to put in some beans and broccoli and lots of rocket leaves for salad.

Indigo, madder, marigold said...

my garden? eaten by squirrels and rabbits already. But we harvested peas today.
How lucky you are to get to go to a quilt guild!
xo, Angie

Jen said...

thank you so much for your comment on my blog! You are so sweet. I am sporting the nicest farmers tan tonight from working in my gardens this afternoon!! And I am jealous of a homemakers club, how neat is that? I would love to join one!

Johanna said...

Hi Deanna! You recently commented on my blog about the chicken dinner workshop at Riversong Farm. I just wanted to let you know that they are hosting another workshop this month! Here are the details: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=37166447&id=38308219#!/event.php?eid=127717907249930

Dispatching the chicken is optional. ;)

Anonymous said...

That sounds great. I'm still looking for a more regular meeting of mothers. Our garden is good, though our corn has been taken from the ground 3 times already by crows before it can sprout. :( We are eating swiss chard, broccoli, peas, spinach, and will soon have cabbage. Oh, and our first tomatoes have come on the vine. Do you have a greenhouse?