I am really into having Fridays off these days. I have some leave to use up, and I work a half day on Fridays, so it’s been really easy to reduce my hours a bit — and it’s really nice, too, to have some extra time on the weekends to both get stuff done and have some downtime. It takes me much longer these days to recharge.

Today was another glorious “Indian winter” day — temperatures in the upper 60s with blue skies and an inviting breeze. I had an off-site training this morning and driving back to the office gave me the opportunity to roll down the windows and pretend it’s two months from now, when it really will be spring! But at any rate, the lovely weather has made me turn my inward attention to one thing:

I’m thinking about trying a vegetable garden again.

Deep breaths. Deep breaths.

Two things give me pause, though:

  • I’m having a baby in April
  • I haven’t yet had much success in growing vegetables

I don’t want to fall into the trap of I’m-having-a-baby-therefore-I-can-never-do-anything-I-want-again. But I also don’t want to set myself up for failure, and I have had two summers in a row of discouraging gardening experiences. Oh, it starts out so promising …

only to end months later in anguish and frustration.

Moment of silence …

I think a large part of the problem is (obviously enough) that I really have no idea what I’m doing. In my typical style, I approached my first vegetable garden by just plunking a bunch of vegetable plants in the ground and then leaving them to their own devices. Beyond watering them, I didn’t do much in the way of helping them grow. So if I do this again, I want to do it right — by actually learning how to grow vegetables. Proper soil conditions, organic and natural fertilizers, the whole works.

I know: revolutionary ideas here today.

Anyway, I am concerned about not having the time or energy this summer to devote to growing vegetables — but I don’t know if that’s a reasonable concern or not. (Experienced moms, any advice? Experienced gardeners, likewise?) I would have to prep and plant everything while I’m either gigantic and uncomfortable, or with a newborn in a Moby wrap. Am I crazy or is this totally doable? I would probably stick with planting peas, tomatoes, bell peppers, and green beans, as well as a few herbs.

So, those are my long-term thoughts right now. I really do want to grow my own vegetables successfully one day; I just don’t know if this is the day to be attempting it.

Meanwhile, my short-term plans for the weekend involve starting a baby hat to match my finished legwarmers:

… as well as continuing my never-ending mission to declutter the house. (It NEVER ENDS.) And, the most exciting thing — Leah is throwing me a baby shower on Saturday! I can’t wait to get together with all my favorite friends and loved ones. I have no idea what’s planned but I am really looking forward to finding out. I also want to get started on (hopefully) making some freezer meals to get us ready as we head back into survival mode in just a few short weeks!

But my immediate plans involve finishing dessert. Yum.

Have a happy Friday, friends!