Friday, November 28, 2008

Satisfaction

I had today off from work, so I ... worked.

Cut down the dying asparagus stalks in the garden to deter asparagus beetles in the spring. Cut back the grape vines to deter the black rot that claims too much of the fruit every summer. Spread shredded leaves over the garden soil for mulch. Rubbed down the garden tool handles with linseed oil. And plunged my fingers into the cold soil to dig up the last of the carrots, which tonight became a spicy carrot bread for dessert.

Satisfaction. I love working outside.

5 comments:

Maria said...

I love working outside too, but it has grown so cold that we don't venture out much anymore. I put my garden to bed in October and my partner just finished cleaning out the gutters for the last time a few weeks ago. Now, we are tucking in for a long winter...

Chase March said...

Hi ECD,

I worked today too. We had our Thanksgiving holiday last month. I hope your's goes as well as mine did.

Molly said...

Carrot bread --- sounds delicious!

Eastcoastdweller said...

Maria:

One of the blessings of Virginia is a winter that doesn't usually get mean until mid-January.

The downside is that we never have a white Christmas.

Chase: It was a great Thanksgiving -- lots of food. And I really, really like food.

Molly: I found the recipe in an old German cookbook: 3/4 cup vegetable oil, 1 cup sugar, 2 cups flour, 1 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. salt, 1 cup grated raw carrots, 2 eggs, 1/2cup chopped nuts, 1/2 tsp. vanilla. Mix and bake in a greased loaf pan about 40 min at 350 degrees.

Janice Thomson said...

I do too - there's nothing like gardening for what ails one. Mine has been put to bed about 3 weeks ago now...