Garden time already?

What on earth?! I don’t think I’ve ever gotten part of the garden in this early. Partly because of weather, partly because of laziness. The kids helped me get the northern raised bed done (well, they gave it about an 80% effort). Then I attacked half of the herb bed – pulling out weeds among the randomness I’ve put in there on purpose.

As much as I’d love to have a beautiful, perfect garden with rows or little bunches here or there, that’s not us. I plant where I have room, I detest weeding, and I want to get as much out of the yard as I possibly can. So, yup. It looks nuts.

But. I got things planted! I need to make sure it’s the arnica that took over one corner of the herb bed, the horehound/gravelrooot (I think, again) is starting to pop up. A bunch of apple smelling chamomile already came up, and is about to flower! Seeded the empty spaces there with even more chamomile (not sure we could end up with too much!), planted a few lupine seeds to appease my daughter, planted some lettuce, Parisienne carrots, and Szechuan red radishes. Plus sage that came back gangbusters, as did the comfrey, and we’ll see if the motherwort survived me when I get it in the ground.

In the front by the garage, my lamb’s ear (natural band aids!), comfrey, and horehound have come back, plus with a random tulip (I’ll take it!). They overwintered quite well.

Then the bed we yanked most things out of…
Left day lilies in the middle (of course), the overwintered shallots, the kale that overwintered and went to seed, and the random parsley that came out. Then, my girl helped me plant: Lisbon bunching onions, Vates blue curled kale, Grand Rapids lettuce, Oxheart carrots (supposed to be great for clay soils!) Jutrzenka radishes, golden beets, Slo Bolt lettuce, Green Zebra tomatoes (at 9yo’s request), two cages of melting sugar snap peas, Opolanka radishes, Walla Walla onions (this is a crapshoot, the seeds were home-saved, and a few years old), then above the shallots I just sprinkled seeds for calendula and Nevada lettuce all over the place and hoped for the best.

Good news, we got a bunch done, especially for my usual lack of energy (sidenote, which seems to be coming around, at least according to my last doctor appt!). So yay, progress!

I also cracked the whip on the kids and made them help me with stuff in the laundry room – because putting lint into toilet paper tubes is akin to child abuse to them. Sigh. I stained the shelves to go in the shower stall, they’ve basically been curing in the garage for a few days. So hubby will get those up so I can put away certain things there. Then I need to frantically catch up on laundry, and have him disconnect the dryer so I can get back there and finish painting that corner of the laundry room. Maybe even disconnect the washer, not sure yet. Still need to finish painting back there, regardless.

Hubby’s also been making progress on the entryway. Lots dug out. He put in new posts to hold up that roof. Now he’s working on gravel and leveling things out to start placing the edging stones for the different tiers.

There’s also been in-law drama the last few weeks, so that’s been fun. Things are a changin’. But anyway. Now to get the rest of the yard whipped into shape… need to put down weed cloth in the greenhouse and put some wood chips down on top (the weeds were insane there). Need to put chemicals on the Canadian thistle. And so on. It never ends. :)

Hey, Easter happened!

The kids had their regular egg hunt.  5yo got green eggs, 6yo purple eggs, 8yo blue eggs, 11yo yellow eggs.  The orange were fair game for everyone, and then we had the chick, egg, and golden snitch with super cool big prizes in them.  :D  Of course, a few eggs had candy, but most had Legos.  5yo got a ninja turtles, 6yo got Elsa’s castle, 8yo got a technic hot rod.  11yo…  the Easter bunny couldn’t find the right Minecraft Lego set, so he got cash in eggs to put towards Legos.  Yeah, parent fail.  My bad.  We might have something super cool in the pipeline for him though….

I’ve been getting medical stuff done, yay.
A few doctor appointments, tooth cleaning at the dentist (did you know numbing for a cleaning was an option?!  I’m totally doing that next time so they can go whole hog, they made my day!).
My thyroid is a bit out of whack.  Technically, I’m well within the range of normal, just on the low end.  So technically, my thyroid is subclinically hypothyroid.  Good news though, it’s not Hashimoto’s.  The possibility of that kind of terrified me, really.  So I’m on a bunch of supplements to help support/get my thyroid going again.  Within a week of starting to take iodine?  It didn’t take 2-4 hours for my feet to warm up in bed (even with heating pad/blanket!) to get to sleep!  If the room isn’t super freezing, my feet warm up in like 15-20 minutes, and away I go.  It’s amazing.

Now, to figure out my adrenals here shortly.  They’re shot.  The saliva test will get to tell us how shot they are, if they’re still alive and kicking.  We’ll see what supplements he wants to put me on for those.  But I need something.  This constant exhaustion (you ever been able to sleep until 4-5pm and then be tired enough to go back to bed at 8-9pm?) just kinda sucks.

Made a big change

A few things came to the forefront, and I ended up making the decision to put going to our homeschool co-op on hold. We about never called in sick or anything – when we commit to something, we commit and follow through.

But I have other things that need my attention right now, without the planning and time of co-op taking away from it. Namely, the kids (11yo and I are having issues, and I’m not quite okay with letting our relationship ending like the one my father and I didn’t have), some school stuff (still trying to get on top of that, again, difficult with the 4yo flitting around), the house (keeping it tidy and fun to live in, possibly having the kitchen remodel happen), and the yard and outside stuff (the garden, redoing the roof, the gutters, the falling retaining wall).

The decision kind of hurts, but looking back, would I regret spending more time focusing on my own nuclear family? Probably not. We can always try going back in a semester or two. The kids’ main problem? Seeing their friends. Until I reassured them that we’d figure out one playdate a week with their friends, no problem. With that day freed up to get things done, that can give us a little more wiggle room for playdates whenever.