On Wednesdays I stroll through the Hilldale Farmers' market, where I pick up fresh local foods and plants. Now that it's June, the tulips and hyacinths have gone back to their bulbs to wait for next spring (if I can keep the chipmunks off of them) while the ferms and hostas have exploded into hugeness while the air is still mild. The lollipop-tops of the alliums have lost their flowers, but the seedhead-spheres still make for cool orbs floating over the rest of the garden. Of course, fruits always top the list. Big news: the strawberries are coming! I've always planted the usual stuff in my garden: spinach, lettuce, etc., but noticed that I could never keep up with it. It's always easy an inexpensive to buy at the farmers' market. So this year, what the heck: I've been focusing on planting more of the FUN stuff, like fruits! Isn't that what you *really* want to go out into the garden to pick? The stuff that never even makes it back to the house, because I just sit in the garden and eat 'em as I find 'em. Uh, oh, there's a thesis! Plant the stuff you love - make space in your garden for the things you like the most - then get out there and eat it up!
They say if life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
Well, if you like lemonade: plant lemon trees!
Also in life...
Earlier this week, I traveled to Mineral Point to visit my friend Annika, a fellow Team In Training cyclist, blogger, and chicken-keeper. She takes beautiful photos (see them at www.driftlessliving.com). Well, for fun and in anticipation of the new blog, we did a photoshoot for me, which included walking, running, and bicycling. That area is called the "driftless region" because the glaciers missed it - and there's some serious topo. My top speed on one descent was 53.4 mph. On bike.
Racing season is here! Last night I did the second Aquathon, with what I felt were very good results. I'm not the strongest swimmer, but over the course of this 1,000 yards, I found a good groove and even fell in behind another pair of feet that I could draft behind for half of the race. I've never really been able to find a good draft before, and it was exciting to get into that zone and get sucked along! Imagine how much easier 4,000 meters will be at Ironman if I do it there. I put new elastic laces into my racing shoes so I could use them in triathlon, and I think they're going to be pretty swift. Love it. Sunday is my first tri of the season, the "Triterium" in Verona, WI - my fourth go at this race, the site of where it all began.
I hope that your summer is off to a good start, and that you've found time to enjoy the things you love. Maybe step back and chop away something cluttering and nourish a perennial that will give you systematic joy. Maybe come join me at the races - we'd love to have you. Thanks for reading... until next time.
OK, my story's told for the day and it's time to get to work. Be there in 5!