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February 9, 2010 - Janet DelTurco
I have just come through one of the most miserable weeks I can remember. First I was attacked by some evil virus that kept me staggering between the couch, my bed and the bathroom for two days. I felt too sick to read or watch TV, so the only solace was to sleep. Well, as if that was not bad enough, a hit-and-run driver ran into my "safely" parked truck and decimated a back quarter panel. And then for the third part of the evil spell I went to use my camera and found the mamory card missing. That one was totally my own fault, must have left it in the printing machine I suppose. Not a good week. But now I am safely at home with a refrigerator full of groceries, four good library books, scrapbooking to be done, TV at the ready with some good programs already DVRed, and best of all, seeds to be planted! My order from Gurneys arrived a few days ago with the whole 2010 vegetable garden in an envelope, and while at the grocery store yesterday I found a rack of flower seeds for 20c a packet! I need to brave my cold, dark and creepy basement and get the bench cleared off, the lights put up, and the trays uncovered ready to get the earliest seeds planted in their peat pellets. There are about 80 days till the first hardy seedlings can go outside, and that means I can get started with some of them. I am getting ready (in my head) to write a column on just which are the earliest and hardiest, so will not go into that yet, but I am certainly going to plant the five packets of Morning Glory seeds I bought yesterday. For a dollar I acquired not only blue but pink, crimson, lavender, purple, white and salmon varieties. For that price I don't expect 100% germination rates, but a couple of each will clothe my back railings and fence in color for the coming year. So with a bad week behind me, I will watch the snow fall and enjoy myself inside.
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