So I’m finally home and settled back into normal farm routines. Figures, just in time to split wood and winterize the place. But, this is the time of year I love the most.
What happened since the last time I posted? Well, a lot. But the only thing that really bears repeating is I have a NEW GRANDSON!! He is so stinkin’ cute, it’s not even funny. See…look for yourself:
His name is Korbyn William Alan Conger. He was born on October 9th, 7lbs 14.25 oz, and less than 24 hours after his father landed. Jody got in from Afghanistan for his R&R late Saturday night. Roxie went into labor (again) Sunday morning, and by Sunday evening, little Mr. Korbyn made his appearance.
I left to come back to the farm the day they all came home from the hospital. I was surprised to arrive and find flowers from a dear friend waiting for me. That got me to thinking, actually. I’ve had several friends become grandparents in the last few weeks. I wish I had been un-busy enough to think to send flowers to everyone. (Sorry guys – you know I love you and if I hadn’t been busy with my own grand youngin’, I woulda sent ya somethin’.) Although, truthfully, one of my recent grandma buddies actually lives in England.
I mentioned to a writing colleague of mine that I guess it was a good thing I didn’t start sending flowers, as I have no clue if you can even send flowers internationally like you can in the states. It wouldn’t have been fair to send flowers to some and not the other, right?
I know you can find companies that do gift baskets and such, and most will ship overseas to certain areas. (There are limits as to where you can send things, and some places don’t let you send perishable stuff – are flowers considered perishable? It’s not like someone is going to toss up a salad out of the flowers you send, right?) So just to answer my own curiosity, I went looking. I’ve never sent flowers internationally, so I didn’t know if you could.
Well now I’m happy to say that I know. Yes, you can send flowers internationally. There are companies like Serenata Flowers that can arrange international flower delivery. Since my fellow grandma buddy lives in the UK, I could have even gotten same day flowers through Serenata – not that knowing that does me much good NOW. But at least now I know it’s possible. I browsed around their site (you can opt to have flowers delivered locally here in the States, too – even though Serenata is UK-based) and I couldn’t find information about their green practices. However, they do have a sister site that does plant delivery, for those of us who would rather send something that will live on.
In other farm news, I’m browsing around my local area to find some gardening classes. The fall garden has done horribly, although some of that might be due to Josh snacking in the garden constantly…and forgetting to water it while I was gone for nearly 3 weeks. I know places like Rutgers have classes for the home gardener, so I’m trying to see if one of our local universities has something similar. Perhaps there’s something I’m missing to get a big harvest (other than not being home for so long.)
I do know I need more space for the Spring garden. That’s part of our problem with harvest size. The little side garden just isn’t big enough to plant much. However, I want to find some community gardening classes so I can learn what I don’t know before spring gets here. The plan is to replant the little side garden so Josh stays out of the big garden. We’ve started referring to it as the Snack Garden. lol. But I really want to get enough out of next spring’s garden to start tinkering with canning. I love the idea of a pantry lined with garden goodies for winter. It would be nice, now that the cold weather is setting in, to be able to grab some tomatoe paste from the pantry to make a big ol’ pot of chili.