Seed Swap Starting Soon
If you expressed interest in joining my seed swap in my preview post back in September, it's time now to officially sign up. Update: Sorry, the seed swap has reached capacity.
Some cool things happened this year:
- In February, I quit my job to pursue Garden Faerie full time.
- In May, I attended the Garden Bloggers' Spring Fling and met old and made new friends.
- In July, I visited my niece in CO and the Denver Botanical Gardens.
- In August, I visited MOBOT, one of my favorite gardens ever (you didn't miss the post... I've been saving it for winter).
- In December, my blog was named one of Horticulture magazine's Top 20 Gardening Blogs.
- All year, I steadily removed buckthorn, large and small, from the south side of my backyard and at the end of the season had made some real progress.
- I went public about being a curbside shopper.
- I enjoyed the freedom to arrange my days to suit my own needs and spending more time in my garden.
- Wonderful things came in the mail:
- Cheryl, Esther, and Liz sent packages of British tea, which I'm still enjoying.
- Gail, Randy, and Shady sent me great plants (and Beckie, Linda, Lisa, and MrBrownThumb gave me seeds or plants in person).
- Genevieve sent Wicked Plants, which I won on her site, and some free items in a promo for her OpenSky store: 3 pairs of Atlas Nitrile gloves and a Fiskars soil knife that I adore.
You might even say putting your best foot (or paw, as the case may be) forward! Hyuck! I'm in town all week.
My biggest goal for 2010 is mundanely mature: I need to find stable employment. I've loved my near year of being the Garden Faerie (speaking, teaching, gardening, garden coaching, and garden writing), but the reality is, it can't support me in the long-term. I've worked over 20 years in corporate communications (technical and marketing writing, editing, and web content management) and am looking to draw on those skills to move in a slightly new direction. Possibly user interface design, project management, or instructional design/training. I don't know how realistic a change in career focus is in the Michigan economy, but I'll soon find out!
Footyprints on My Nice Clean Snow*
The east and south side of my backyard borders on a nature area, so my snow never stays pristine long, as various furry and feathered friends make their way to my feeders.
The usual suspects include, of course, birds...
squirrels (which I love!)...
and ducks! I love their tracks!
Who's visiting your feeders?
*I swear Yosemite Sam once said "Who put footyprints on my nice clean desert?" but can't find the sound file.