Friday, May 23, 2008

Blessings of Plan Bs

When it's raining on your garden, it's snowing on mine.

Once upon a time, I thought I had what it takes to save the world. So, I majored in education, thrilled at the prospect of becoming a high school teacher. Then I moved to Memphis, did my stint as a student teacher, and promptly tore up that diploma and tossed it into the trash.

Thousands and thousands of dollars on college tuition. Yet, no one ever taught me the 2 things I needed to know:
  1. Teenagers are horrid, nasty monsters out to get you.
  2. If you enter that classroom without a plan B, they'll have precisely what they need to make life lesson #1 come true.
I feel exactly the same way about the weather.

I've been burned too many times by Mother Nature. You see, the second that mean, old, bat hears people talking happily about a 3-day weekend, she hauls out the big guns to ruin their plans.

Which is why, when it comes to Memorial Day weekend, I like to have a plan B. Temperatures will drop to 20 degrees tonight, so this year's plan B involves a good book, a warm fire, and plenty of blankets ~ for me and my flowers.

Protection from freezing nights:
A nice warm blanket placed over newly planted perennials and tender annuals can foil every trick Mother Nature has up her sleeve.

Another slick trick: water if you know it's gonna get cold. Wet soil holds onto more heat than dry soil.


Fearful in Flagstaff said...

Amen, Kate.

I woke up to five inches of snow and six hungry elk in my yard. Maybe I'll have some hot cocoa while I'm grilling this "first weekend of the summer."

Anonymous said...

I dont blame you for not wanting to teach. But advertising??? That is just plain evil