Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Post Number 600 -- of beans and wi-fi-and where to find seeds


(chrisfrandsenart.com)

Chase is a serious teacher who also loves hip-hop. Adena pours drinks by night but advances the frontiers of science by day. Kat knows both how to tend a table in the big city and to handle a grouchy snake back in Her rural acres.

I could go on. We are all of us a blend of talents and interests, we shift from role to role.

Today I helped several colleagues at work set up wi-fi connections and felt justifiably proud of myself -- me, a Generation-Xer who was fully an adult before I ever accessed the Internet, me, who just learned myself how to connect to Wi-fi a month ago, and two months ago didn't even know what it was.

Then I came home, changed clothes and got onto my hands and knees in the balmy 96 degree heat to harvest green beans from the garden. First time ever doing that, growing green beans, that is. Different role. Farmer ECD, minus a straw hat and a hay stalk to chew on.

Sweetie and I boiled them and seasoned them with butter, paired with yellow squash and fresh tomatoes.

I planted another row of carrots tonight, too, no thanks to the big box outlet stores that refuse to carry garden seeds except for a few weeks in spring. You know, the planting season does extend beyond April, at least in my neck of the woods. I had to find a specialty garden store and I bought their last two packets of carrot seeds.

7 comments:

Molly said...

I was out, sweltering , in the garden today too! Bet my sunflowers sprout before your carrots!

Ela said...

You gave me and idea. I'm adding a 'make a scarecrow' to my list of 'to do' things.

Eastcoastdweller said...

Molly: I'd say, "You're on," but knowing sunflowers, I know I'd lose.

Ela: I had exactly that idea for next season, and I think I'm going to recruit my little Niece to help.

Chase March said...

Hi ECD,

I think that people should always try to learn new things or expand themselves in some way. You really can teach an old dog new tricks (not that I'm calling you an old dog or anything - it's just a metaphor) Why, even my dad is online now. I never thought that would happen.

Eastcoastdweller said...

Chase: Absolutely. When cells cease to replicate, the body begins to die. When people stop learning, their minds begin to die.

chipazoid said...

Heh, love the shout out. There's no such thing as limits, people can always do new things if they want to, and well at that. Kudos to ya

Eastcoastdweller said...

Adena: Thank You!