I am surprised that no one questioned the wild peacocks in Kansas yesterday. Or maybe not. . .
I learned yesterday that we "freak" some people out. Our horse neighbor informed me that he had some friends out, and they were concerned about cows in our front yard, well concerned might not be the appropriate word, more like "freaked out". Horse neighbor said he shrugged and said, "and?" it's normal for him and our other neighbors. Then his friends saw my husband and declared that he was a real live mountain man. Horse neighbor said they couldn't get over it, and kept staring at husband, amazed by the mountain man. My husband has been called worse, and he is from Denver. If the were amazed about the amount of beard he has now, I wonder what they would have thought had they seen him when we first met. Husband's hair was down passed his lower back, and he sported a braided goatee that hit mid chest. None of what horse neighbors friends said bothers me. What bothers me is when people avoid eye contact with my husband, or pull their children closer to them, or when they talk to me about him while he is standing next to me. If they should be scared of anyone, it should be my temper and my fierce loyalty to my husband.
I got some new plants started in the seed box yesterday. Everyone keeps telling me that I should have everything in the ground the first week of May. I have to politely disagree with them all. And I don't care what the Farmer's Almanac says. It is a great resource, but I have learned from unfortunate experience not to place anything tender out until the second week of May. The last frost date is April 28th, but there have been many years that frost has killed all our neighbors plants that first week of May. This is a great reason to keep a garden journal. Some habits should be broken. 2 years ago we were the only ones in the neighborhood that had tomatoes because we waited until that crucial second week.
I am not expecting too many strawberries this year. The goat ate them this winter, and they are starting over. I will have to find a U-pick it, if I can still find any. They are disappearing rapidly. Financially they are just not feasible, customers tear up your fields because they can't seem to keep a handle on their children or just don't have the respect. Pumpkin patches are disappearing faster than the others here.
Today? Same ole Same ole