Friday, July 16, 2010

OK this is my first blog ever. I didn't mean to start a blog, but someone I know just started one and here I am! I live in the Chicago suburbs, and I'm a 44-year-old single woman who has never been married but is recently engaged to a wonderful man! I have one of those corporate jobs...but...

I am definitely not your usual corporate type. I love to "play-work", as I call it, harder than I work at work. I live in a single-family house, and the lot is 1/4 acre. I am constantly doing something around the house and yard here to keep things looking nice and in order. I have tried to sit around and that never lasts too long before I see something that needs doing so I get up and do it.

On my little piece of land I have a lot of food growing that is expensive to buy in the store:
2 apricot trees
3 apple trees
1 mini-nectarine
1 cherry tree that has 5 types of cherry varieties grafted onto it (sour Montmorency, 2 sweet yellow and 2 sweet red)
2 blueberry bushes
A raspberry patch
A strawberry patch
Starter shoots of 2 gooseberry bushes
A concord grape vine
A vegetable garden. This year I am growing corn, sweet green peppers, sugar snap peas, beans, cucumbers, Thai basil, regular basil, parsley, cilantro, and tomatoes.

I also have extensive perennial gardens including trumpet vine, penstemon, monarda, 15 different kinds/forms of roses (climbers, tea, miniature, etc.), black-eyed Susans, tiger lilies, lamium, lily of the valley, hostas, bleeding heart (both pink and white varieties), corkscrew rush, deep red hardy hibiscus (which will have at least 150 blooms on it this year), Siberian iris, obedient plant, sneezeweed....well, I could go on and on.

WHEW! Are you tired yet? I know *I* am! It takes a lot to keep all of this going and did I mention that I also cut my own grass and have a dog, 4 birds, and 3 amphibians/reptiles? Guess I stay out of trouble that way. I am actually looking forward to winter. I think God gave us winter to give us a break. At least, those of us who live in the Snow Belt! This year I am thanking God for winter for that very reason.

Well, all for now. I have been trying to be good and not pick my corn till it's ready. I can just taste how good it will be! I'm going to go outside and see if I can find a ready ear...

1 comment:

  1. Wow, Dawn. You are a busy lady! Your land sounds well-cared for and productive. It is a good way to get to know you. Glad you are engaged to my cousin... I agree, he is super!