Today was my annual review at work. Well, I'm happy to say I got through another year still employed. I didn't used to worry about annual reviews. Last year I received some negative feedback or, I should say 'opportunities for improvement'. That's not happened before or not in many years. So, I was mindful of it all year and really worked at improving my knowledge of my job and making somebody else's life a little easier while I am there. I'm a very lucky person in that I really like what I do and the people I spend my days with. But, due to the emotional stress I was under in 2009, I made some mistakes. I wasn't surprised and I don't think my boss was either. My heart, mind, and hands were not often in the same place at the same time. Among some of the issues I faced was a broken ankle that kept me down for almost three months. One of my best friends died early in the year. Robert went to Afghanistan. He did make it home this last December. Marty was arrested and is still sitting in a cell awaiting the outcome of his big mess. It's been a full two years since the detective came to our house and took him away. I managed to make it through this year with the same emotional roller coaster going on, but handled it much better. (In front of people anyway.) Shew, that worry is over for a few. Things went well today.
The big news of the day is that I got my garden! Yippee!!! It's like having some sunshine come into the day. It's time to get the greenhouse in order. It just needs a little sweeping and organizing. We've been keeping some avocados alive down there this winter. Avocados don't generally grow in the Pacific Northwest. We had some volunteers come up in the compost pile and scooped them up and put them in buckets and have kept them under the lights. They're doing pretty well. We probably won't ever get any avocados, but we have some cool plants. I'll get some leeks, onions, and lettuces started very soon. The lettuces can be grown indoors and the leeks and onions can be put right in the ground soon. They have a better chance if I start them first though. I'm very excited to get started.
This year I thought I'd try a Victory Garden Seed bucket from Territorial Seed. It's kind of like ordering a big grab bag. I am not advertising for them, I am very pleased with my purchase. I bought a few extra packets of herbs, Stevia, Red Noodle Pole Beans, and some cantaloupe. But, for $79, it's a great deal. It's got everything you could want to get a full garden going. I could stop here, but that's not likely. I do have to shop at the farmer's market too for some plants. I can't wait to get to playing in the dirt!
In the bucket I found seeds for:
Bean, Dry/Shelling Pole-Bingo
Bean, Green Bush-Venture
Beet-Early Wonder Tall Top
Kohlrabi-Superschmelz ~ My favorite one to say out loud. Try it a few times. :-)
Pepper, Sweet-Cal Wonder 300
Pepper, Hot-Early Jalapeno
Turnip-Purple Top White Globe
Squash, Summer-Black Beauty
Squash, Winter-Bush Delicata
Tomato-Gill’s All Purpose
. Flower, Sunflower-Mammoth Gray Stripe
Gardening 2011 here we go.