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
Guess I did not really think the peacocks were odd. One of the local farms have 'em and they do just fine in subs and snow - spend lots of time in the barn during those times.
We never plant until after Mother's day as the last frost is usually that first week of May. Usually. We had flurries yesterday!
Last frost in April? Lucky you. Our average last frost date is 5/5 or 5/10, depending on whom you believe. I don't set tomatoes out until June 1st, though most people here say Mother's Day. I like to keep my tomato plants warm from start to finish. I sow melons and winter squash directly just a bit earlier.
Luckily, we still have some U-Pick places around here that do pretty well and will probably stick around. Most have fairly small customer fields within eye-shot of the check out and don't hesitate to let people know when their children are wreaking havoc. I really love that about them. ;)
Personally, I love peacocks even though they are noisy and not particularly nice most of the time. We had them on campus in Monterey while I was in grad school. I once got the bejezus scared out of me while sitting on a bench between classes near a tree. All the sudden the peacock makes a huge noise from right above me. I had no idea they perched in trees till then. I think that peacock enjoyed that!
LOL I didn't find them odd either. Several places where I used to live in western WA had them... I just didn't think anything of it!
The u-picks around here charge more than just going to the store would cost. I guess that's because they're covering the damage from all those mis-parented children?
We have "stray" peacocks in the neighborhood, they go from house to house eating all of the other animals's food.
Everytime my hubby sees them he runs in to grab his BB gun! LOL The neighbors probably think he is nuts too!
( I like them hairy too! :) can't have a man who is more feminine then me, and I am not exactly girlie...if ya know what I mean.
I bet anyone who ACTUALLY MEETS your husband LOVES HIM...rite??
Forget the close minded people who "freak out" because of the things your family does...they don't deserve to get to know you if they are like that!!!
Our last frost date is supposedly April 28th as well, but I don't usually trust it until mid May. I remember getting 6 inches of snow in May and a few years ago there were almost no apples to be found around here because of a late hard freeze.
Too bad about how others view your hubby. Mine used to have hair down to mid back as well (now there's not enough of it!!) Some people are just ignorant and rude.
Have fun with the same old, same old...
Well I will be bringing you a gift of strawberry plants when I see you next! We got some plants and after I've stuffed them into every spot I can find, I still have about 20 left over. I potted them up thinking I'd find a spot, but nope. NO room left. :D I did wonder about the peacocks but wild ones?! I hadn't heard that. I was more concerned w/ the coyote. I, for once in my life, do NOT have tomatoes in the ground yet. I always planted them on April 15th and then lost several. Not this year. I'm waiting! I hadn't thought about mid-May though. Sounds good to me. :)
I think most people try to find the common ground and shame on them for not taking the time to meet your husband. He is one amazing guy! Never judge a book by it's cover - or you'll be the one to miss out!
People who freak out over someone who looks different aren't the kind of folk you want at your back, anyway. They'll be the first to die if TEOTWAWKI happens. Adaptability is part of survival of the fittest. If just looks scare them, they won't do well in other departments needed for survival.
@LILHOUSEMAMA--I was lucky enough to get to hug her husband. He's a great guy, although I think it sort of freaked him out to be hugged by a stranger. But he didn't feel like a stranger.
:-) The girls at my daughter's school call my hubby 'scary' because of his bushy beard and hair! He just shaved for the warmer weather, so maybe they won't be so frightened now!
I have an uncle who is one of the sweetest guys ever!! He is a biker and has a long beard. HAs had it since he was 16 years old and is now 54.. But I never could figure out why some of my cousins were scared of him. I thought he was great. OF course when I was a baby I would dig my fingers into his beard and hold on.. I do believe it was a bit painful but he loved me anyways!!Lol.. There is Much more to a person than their looks and It aggravates me to no end when people cant go past that to the person!!
I have goats in my front yard!! I am considered strange by a lot of people though...
he he! my husband looks a tad scary too. he has hair down to his butt in a long plait and is 6' 3" tall. he doesnt realise it but some people find him scary lol.
We are about the same zone as you are. When we first moved here, my mom was talking to some of the gardeners here and they told her never to plant until after Mother's Day. Ironically, that first year it snowed on Mother's Day (and the weather was perfect after that lol). So we are waiting.
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