Tuesday, February 16, 2010

I miss you still...

Zella Mae
September 1913 - February 13, 2009

I wasn't going to post anything about
it being one year since my beloved Grandmother passed,
but I can't help it.

Have you ever missed someone so much
that it actually hurts?

That's how I feel about my grandma.
I posted about her life last year when she passed,
so nothing more need be said except,

~I miss her so~


When I'm down or blue,
one thing always feeds my soul...

~Le jardin~

Following the crazy storms of January,
we've now got glorious weather,
so I've been out in the garden every day.
(I should be doing so many other pressing things,
but I can't help it right now...)

I just have to be out there

Over the past 2 days I've rototilled the whole thing
...raked and cleaned the weeds out

The soil is ready

the first crops to go into the ground will be:

The first plants in the greenhouse are:



Italian Parsley

We'll have garden fresh tomatoes by May.
Can't wait!

I took some ibuprofen right away, so I don't feel it yet...

but I'm going to be so sore later!!!

I really do torture myself! LOL

I grew up in Southern California, but lived for over 20 years in the mountains of Southern Oregon (4400 ft above sea level). We usually had snow on the ground until March... and could have frost anytime of the year because of the high elevation. But when we moved down here... what can I say? I am in heaven!

If I really wanted to, I could garden year round ...but its good to take a break, so I clean the garden in December and let it sleep until the middle of February. I don't take it for granted. I feel very fortunate to live here.

~A few garden vignettes~

(Note to myself: don't forget to bring the candles in each evening!
It gets up to 100 F during the day in the greenhouse)



  1. WOW! That's all I can say....your gardening pictures are heavenly to this color starved Michigander! WONDERFUL that you can have ripe tomatoes in MAY...

    About your dear grandma, that's how I felt about my Grandpa...I didn't know either of my grandmothers. One because she died when my mom was a teen, the other because she was a very mean lady who didn't care to get to know us, there were "too many" of us. In fact she would say to me, "Now which one are you?"....ugh.

    I plan to be the kind of grandmother that you loved and that I know you are!

  2. Oh yes, I do know what it is to miss someone so much it hurts! I lost my father ten years ago and there isn't one day when I don't think of him and miss him terribly. Someone said once "the sun will come out again, but not as bright" I totally agree. I'm glad you realize how lucky you are to live in a place where you can actually garden in February :0) Enjoy it my friend! xxx

  3. Oh Vicki I think I understand what you mean when you miss someone it hurts...Your dear Grandmother still lives within you in your Heart and I'm sure she is always around you in Spirit!!!
    Oh what a beautiful garden you show us...I'm so envious and looking forward to it developing over your Spring/Summer...and fresh tomatoes in May...WOW!!! Happy Gardening Dear Friend...Love Dzintra♥x

  4. It pains to lose someone one loved so much, and sometimes the pain doesn't go away. You may find it strange; I miss my grandmother I never met. She died a few days after I was born, she never got to see me either. I'd have loved to meet her!
    Isn't it great working in the garden? We don't haave a big plot, but here everything grows so fast in the hot and humid weather we have nowadays. We did some clean up yesterday, which was so needed. Feel it in my body today - a very good and satisfying feeling! :)

  5. Each time I come visit you, I wish for my very own veggie garden....when the day comes that I can finally afford to buy a house (cause I am going to win the lottery one day ;) the main requirement will be a plot of land to plant veggies...and a whole bunch of raspberries.