Garden Update: We have tomatoes

It has been a month since my last update on our garden and a ton has changed. We have had some phenomenal growth, had to add tomato cages, and added some sunflowers to the mix.
 
This is a picture from March 30, just one month ago just after we planted everything. Everything was so small, and most of the plants were still just seeds.

This is our garden now! Its so exciting to watch everything starting to pop out the other ground. From front to back, we have carrots, onions, a pumpkin and several watermelons, iceberg and romaine lettuce, peppers, tomatoes, sunflowers, and Gerber daisies.

 We should be able to start picking the romaine lettuce soon, and the iceberg is starting to curl in.

 Two jalapenos on the same plant.

 Aaron just planted the sunflowers, but all six have popped up already.

 Our first fruit, a cherry tomato. Aaron said that it tasted delicious.

 These are some of another gardener’s tomato plants, but they are so huge.

It has been fun to see everyone’s progress and all of the different plants that everyone has made. I can’t wait until we start getting more fresh veggies,but it will have to wait until I am back from Utah.
Tommie

Our little garden

 One of our goals for the year is to live a healthier lifestyle. So far this has been totally up and down, with some weeks doing good, and other weeks being absolute failures not as good.The plan was to cook most meals at home, which hasn’t worked so well, and to exercise.

Our landlords own some land just across the street from our apartment that they provided for a community garden. We got it all planted several weeks ago. It still needs some stakes and tomato cages, but otherwise it is all done. These pictures are from several weeks ago, so there should be some new ones up soon, just a soon as we get it all weeded and put our signs up.

This is the view of the whole garden, which has about 20 plots. You can seek our little flowers towards the top left.

Just after planting. We have, from front to back, carrots, onions, pumpkins, watermelon, lettuce, peppers, tomatoes, and Gerber daisies.

Our lettuce and peppers. The left has iceberg lettuce, and the right is romaine. The iceberg is still really wilty, so we might not get anything this year.

Aaron bought the flowers, and tried to buy a whole flat, but I limited him to 4.

The city help provide rain barrels, which so far have been sufficient, and it rained again today. But we will probably be out by the end of the summer.

The area is so pretty, and several people have put up benches or chairs. Our garden is one of my favorite things about Alabama so far. Thanks for reading,
Tommie

A Month Late, But Still Happening: 2012 Goals

(There aren’t any pictures in this post, so I thought I would include this one at our wedding. My little brother in the middle is the best. He is totally embarrassed by any PDA).

I know its already the end of January, but I figured it was better to get them written down and shared now, rather than never. There are so many things that I want to accomplish this year, for myself and for Aaron and I. I think that the more I share and make these goals prominent, the more likely they are to come true. I also am terrible at actually making goals and sticking with them, so this is some accountability. So, in no particular order:

  • Attend the temple together at least once a month (We went in January, so we are already on our way)
  • Do genealogy work at least once a month. My family has tons of work already done, but most of Aaron’s family history stuff is not online, so this is most of my focus this year. January did not have the most done, but I am looking into getting the work already done.
  •  Live a healthier lifestyle. This consists of two parts: eating and exercise. We are trying to cut back on the amount of food we buy at restaurants, as well as the processed food at home, and introducing more fruits and veggies. I also want to have a home cooked meal from scratch 4-5 times a week. And we have a community garden space just across the street from our apartment that we will be growing food in this supper. We also are trying to live a more active lifestyle. This includes less time inside, and more time outside doing activities and exercise. The plan is 2-3 times a week, although so far we have done really poorly.
  • Be self-reliant. We are making a budget, paying off credit cards, and creating 72-hour kits. This last one is especially needed since last year, Alabama was the most tornado-prone state. In several years, we are planning on moving to Utah, and it would be great to have the money to buy a house when we get there. This also means that we need to live more frugal, and I need get rid of stuff and make life simpler.
  • Improve my technical skills in printing, binding, and conservation. This is school stuff, so I want to continue to maintain a 4.0, but I also want to stretch myself artistically and intellectually to look at my motivation. I am also trying to find an internship this summer in conservation, and to really understand my point-of-view, aesthetic, and motivation in creating books.
  • Increase my online presence. This includes several things, focused on blogging and book art. First, I will blog at least once a week (which is significantly more than I do now). I also want to reach 100 followers, which means I need to make myself more well know. In relation to the book arts, I want to organize the website and keep it updated on current projects. I want to create a shop and start selling books, including custom pieces. 
  • Read 50 books. I am a little behind, but summer should help some.
  • Increase skills in sewing and embroidery. I know how to sew, but my last several projects have been disasters, so I want to practice. I also want to become better at making clothes specifically. I also want to do some embroidery this year. I haven’t done it in years, but have some really cute projects I want to start working on, including these Kitchen Gnome Towels and Book Club Stitchettes. I want to make a book quilt with the Book club ones.
  • Be positive, and more loving. I struggle with both of these, and really want to look for the good in situations and people.
I also have some more personal and spiritual goals, including writing in my journal and having monthly dinner parties. Sometimes it seems silly to make New Years Resolutions, especially with a long and daunting list, but its good to stretch yourself and make commitments and strive to achieve goals. Otherwise, we can become stagnant and boring. So, here’s to a busy, but happy year.
Tommie