We had ten minutes of sunshine yesterday so I quickly went outside to take a tour of the garden. Yes, I could have done it when it was cloudy and gloomy. I could have even walked in drizzle. But I’m a sunshine kind of gal and a bit lazy on Sunday afternoons. What can I say?
A tour and inventory of the garden proved to be just what I needed. I know that we have a month of winter weather still ahead of us, but seeing little daffodil sprouts breaking through the soil warmed my heart and gave me some much needed encouragement. Then to add to my anticipation of spring there were actually a couple of little wildflowers blooming in the cutting garden. There were even insects out and about! So ready…
I am reading “Don’t Eat This Book” by Morgan Spurlock, the man who nearly ruined his health by eating nothing but McD food for a month. You may recall that the result of his experiment was “Super Size Me”. This book, about fast food and increasing portion sizes, is mildly interesting, but of course doesn’t reveal any secrets about our obsessions, at least not for me. I have read a lot about fast food and since becoming a pescetarian I don’t go to any of the usual fast food restaurants. When we eat out we typically eat at a Mexican restaurant or Chinese buffet so I can eat spinach, bean or fish dishes. I know that neither is really a good choice because of salt, but we only eat out an average of once every three or four months, so I don’t worry a lot about it.
What did get my attention in the book, and the reason I mention it here in a gardening post, is Mr. Spurlock’s comments about the national decline in physical activity. We have all become more sedentary thanks to technology. As I read some of his facts and figures yesterday it occurred to me that in the past few years I have done less and less daily gardening and have opted instead for weekend gardening, or in the summer a few days each week. One reason for the change is definitely the much smaller yard that we now have, but another reason is my increased research and writing time. And yes, to be honest, thirty minutes a day on FB!
So I have vowed to be out in the garden a little more this year, even if I am only outside admiring it. However, the best plan would be to do some trimming and weeding each day. Then I will have a healthier body AND a healthier garden!! So ready….