With several inches of snow on the ground, below freezing temperatures and days that the roads are so icy I won’t venture out even to get the mail – I really miss being outside. My three year old wants to play in the snow so badly, but when temps are subzero and I have an infant to care for it isn’t wise to go outside.
I tried before I gave birth to rearrange things so that we could do some winter sowing, but it didn’t work out in time. I was suffering from some pretty serious edema and it took all I had just to get things ready to make room for the baby. So, I’ve still got messes of items I had to move around and put away. If only I could get my 8 foot table cleaned off I’d have a place to sow some seeds (we had to clean out some shelves and the stuff ended up on the table). There are more pressing matters on my mind though – making sure the kiddies are fed and warm, the house is clean (as well as I can do it right now) and that I don’t lose it in the process.
I sure do miss gardening though. In my quiet times when I’m nursing the baby I think about how I can take her outside with me in the spring and keep the bugs off her. Sun protection is a no brainer, but I’m still trying to think of a non chemical way to keep the flies and skeeters away from her. I guess I could drape mosquito netting over her pack n’ play. By the time I’ll be ready to spend more time outside she’ll be close to crawling age so I’ll have to set up a nice clean play area for her. My three year old is my little helper. She loves to play in the dirt and is learning already how to identify the flowers and herbs I plant. Hopefully this year we can have a productive garden that we can all enjoy.