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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Birthday Present to Myself


I have wanted an old fashioned garden hod for years. To me, this screams "I am a real gardener now...... look at me!" I know I did not need it to be a real gardener, I just wanted it and that's how I justify things I want. I ordered this from Burpee's Seed Company and when it got here I could not believe how big it really was. Catalog photos are not always good at rendering dimension in my mind.


The quality is wonderful and it looks so professional. I can't wait to harvest tomatoes with it, although it may be too heavy to pick up once full of my summer bounty!

I have had a really hard time getting excited about the gardens this year. I did finally order and receive my seeds for the year but motivation is seriously lacking. My husband (The muscle around here~) has gone to Alaska to fall timber for three months. I am usually not a whiner but I suppose I did not realize just how much he did on our place. I'll be sure to thank him when he gets home. My morning routine, which consists of lots of coffee and my computer for at least two hours before I get ready for work, has been interrupted by having to feed animals. It doesn't take long but Doyle took care of all of that and now I go to work with hay in my hair. It looks awesome and lends authenticity to my farm-girl image. Only a few patients have actually been allergic to me so all is well on that front. It's just hard when part of my team is missing. On a high note he'll be very happy to be back tackling my honey-do list since he swears he will never step foot in Alaska again as long as he draws breath. I guess a logging camp is not the way to tour that state.

Thanks to all of you who have inquired about my whereabouts. I am coming back, I miss you all and your blogs have always been a huge source of motivation for me! That is really what I need right now!

One last thing I have been up to.... On Saturday I run (yes, I said run, hehe) my first 5K for the Susan G Komen, Race for the Cure! I am very excited and have been training using the Couch to 5K plan for the last nine weeks. When I started, the intervals were 60 seconds of run alternating with 90 seconds of walk and that was hard. I completed week nine yesterday morning and we ran 3.1 miles to see how long it will take us on Saturday. I think (if all the strollers and walkers wait to start until the runners go) that we will complete the 5K in 29 minutes. I am really proud of myself and no, it's not a coincidence that this new goal coincided with my 37th birthday! I needed to get myself moving so I can garden well into my nineties. Mission accomplished and we just signed up for a 10K on July 10th. New training plan in the works~

24 comments:

  1. That sounds like fun and a good sweat. Congrats as you get set for that first run. When I was your age I also was very into the 5K's. But I was a race walker. I often came in before many of the runners. Your time sounds real good. Good luck and keep it up. I know the exhilarating high you get from a race. No other feeling like it.

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  2. Welcome back, Heather!
    Nice garden hod....trying not to be jealous. ha

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  3. A late greetings from me: Happy Birthday, Heather! :)

    I like this garden hod. It looks very nice, maybe I should buy one too.

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  4. Glad to see a post from you! Happy Birthday, and nice garden gear! Enjoy the run on Saturday. I will be walking (likely as one of those stroller people) and will admire the runners as they go by on the home stretch!

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  5. Glad you're back! Love your new hod.

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  6. Hooray! You're back. I was beginning to wonder if some evil had befallen you. Wow ... running a 5K! Happy Birthday!

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  7. Good to hear from you again. Warm our hearts again please.

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  8. Have a great run and welcome back to garden blogging! That hod look pretty neat! I bet Alaska would be much nicer if he didn't have to work and could just tour the state. I've never been there but it would make a nice summer vacation someday.

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  9. Welcome back and good for you for running!

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  10. Welcome back, you were so missed by this Heather. Glad to hear you are doing well - running ewill help you so much while your hubby is away.

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  11. Heather,
    Good to see you back, you have been missed! All those extra chores really does add on to the day doesn't it? I've been spending about an hour a day watering, rather be pulling weeds than feeding them, only so much one can do.

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  12. Heather,

    Welcome back! Maybe you can talk Doyle into becoming a farmer so he can be closer to home. Bet you could make a decent living from your garden at the local farmers market

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  13. Nice to see you back Heather!
    Happy Birthday! Love your present!
    Good luck with your run, your time is fantastic!

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  14. Hi Heather - Happy Belated Birthday! I just checked your site on Tuesday to see what you've been up to and noticed it was Feb. when you last posted; lol, way better than me - mine was a year ago! Congrats on your 5k training - Race for the Cure is so fun - you'll want to do it every year. Glad you're back posting -- love your mini donkeys! Candace - The Coeur d'Alene Coop

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  15. Hi Heather: Glad to see you back and here all is well. Tell the Lumber Jack to check out my post "Long Tough Winter" and to watch for some others coming this spring and summer.

    Have a great evening,
    John

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  16. Heather - I am so happy you have returned to blogging ... welcome back! I can understand your predicament... We only have a couple of animals, but I would hate to do all the chores alone. Good luck with the run. Wow! I am impressed. And love the hod! Pam x

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  17. WOW! Hats off on the run! I couldn't run to the end of my block!

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  18. I'm glad your back! I think the daily care of all of your animals would get pretty taxing. Once the hubbie gets back, I hope you'll post some pictures of what you're working on.

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  19. I'm happy your back too, I had been wondering where you were! It sounds like you've been very busy taking care of things around there.
    Your birthday gift does look very professional. With all you grow you might need several more.
    Great job with the running! Good luck in your race.

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  20. I have one of those and I love it.
    Sounds like both you and Doyle will have lots to appreciate when he gets back. Welcome back to the garden and the blog.

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  21. Welcome back! Cute hod you've got there--isn't it funny the objects that make us feel like "real" gardeners? Mine was a fancy-shmancy watering can. Good luck with all those morning chores....

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  22. Yay, Heather is back. I was a bit worried that you had been accidentally crushed by that stack 'o' books :)

    I know what you mean about 'needing' something cool like a hod. My coolest thing ever, an anniversary gift from my sweetheart, was an English Haws watering can. I still use it constantly, 25+ years later. It even got to be a prop in a play I was in. :)

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  23. I'm glad you're back Heather... I've been wondering where you went... happy you're doing well! Tell everyone I said hi :)

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  24. I am totally jealous of that hod. I too have been coveting one! What IS up with that, do you suppose?

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Thank you for your ideas, suggestions or greetings. I love to hear from you and read them all.
-Heather

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