Monday, January 30, 2012

Harvest Monday - January 30, 2012

Well it looks like my onion sprouts are doing well.  The celery plant is a little larger but since this is the first time I've grown celery I have no idea what it's supposed to be doing right now.  A nice garden blogger said she starts her celery from seed in January and gets a plentiful harvest the same year.  Next year I'll have to try that.

Remember all that rain? Well, the mountains got plenty of snow.  In just a few days the base at the ski resort doubled.  It's only 54" but that is way better than 21".  To be honest I haven't been skiing since before I had children.  I used to ski weekly during college.  And this time I skied on the same skis my parents gave me when I was 15.  I know you're jealous of my vintage skis, aren't you?  They're even florescent orange underneath.  They scream 1990! The helmet is new.  I need to get a good photo of it.

At least I remembered how to ski.  I was so nervous the first run. It brought back so many wonderful memories.  I am so grateful to have the strength to be back skiing.  

He wasn't nervous at all.  Just excited to be back in the snow.  Usually we go tubing with our children this time of the year but there just isn't enough snow in the valley ... yet. Tyler is a fantastic skier.  

Notice the snow on my black scarf. That wasn't from crashing. That was from a certain someone who sprayed me.  

And our daughter took snowboarding lessons.  She's never been on the mountain before. She had a great time and did wonderfully. I'm super pleased with her ability to snowboard in just a few short hours.

I'm going to try something else to keep my neck warm next time.

Lunch break

In line to get on the lift.

I've gotta have something to do when I'm not GARDENING. 

Can I mention one thing here?  

PLEASE Don't tell someone who has gone through 9 months of chemo and radiation that if they're going to have cancer, Hodgkins Lymphoma is the kind to have. 

Just say, "I'm glad you are doing better" or "you look wonderful for all you've been through" or "Is there anything I can do to help you?".  

HL kills people all the time.  Even stage 1 HL requires 4 months of chemo and 11 radiation treatments. a 3 inch wide tumor that reaches from below your lungs all the way into the middle of your neck isn't the kind to have. But it happened. And I am so grateful for each and every extra day. And there are a lot of cancers that only require surgery and follow up visits.  I know there are a lot more aggressive cancers out there.  I see it everyday with the Cache Valley for Hope cancer foundation.

Cancer is Cancer

Don't minimize the emotional and physical strain it puts on a person's life with a few careless words. Just help them feel loved and appreciated. What are some kind things you would say to a person who needs some encouragement?

OK, off my soap box now!


Jalane said...

WOW who in the world would say such a thing?! Im sorry Laura! Love your sprouts :) And I want to learn to ski, Kolin skied growing up and I really want me and my children to learn how. Good for you guys,looks like fun! I would love your vintage skiies :) Really dont you think that these days everything is in style and goes! :)

Stoney Acres said...

Glad your able to ski again. Which resort were you at? Looks like a great day! My skis would be even more retro that yours, I got them in High School and they would scream 1980's!!

I was thinking the other day that it was time for me to hit the slopes again. My kids are reaching that age and I need to give them the experience. It's just so Dang expensive nowadays!!

TEAM DEAN said...

why would someone say such a thing? sorry. We are trying celery for the first time this year from seed and I am starting seed tomorrow. I hope it works. :)

Robin said...

You look great! No type of cancer is the type to have. We truly understand what you are going through. We really do.

About the celery, yes that is what it is supposed to look like. It's a slow grower. But well worth it to grow. It's at the top of the dirty dozen list. Not a veggie that you want to purchase.

Mary Hysong said...

You are right; cancer is cancer and no one should have it! I can't believe the callous things people say! So wonderful that you are able to ski again, looks like you all had a wonderful time. I've never skied on snow, wouldn't have the first clue how.

I'm trying celery for the first time too. I started some last fall (and _then_ read up on it); I think I started waaaay too late it will probably bolt as soon as it warms up. But now I know I should start it in spring, that it grows terribly slow and it wants a lot of water....

Lynn said...

oh wow! Sorry you have been through so much. I really can't imagine! Sounds like you are living a healthy lifestyle (gardening, skiing) so that will hopefully help your recovery. (((hugs)))