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Feb 7, 2009

Typical Portland? (typical me!)


Yesterday, I awoke to overcast skies and rain- figures! I thought maybe I’d better get some household chores done. The rain did stop and the sun sort-of came out, but I was really behind on some things in the house. It’s usually a good time to get things done inside when it’s yucky outside.

I started out my day with a couple loads of laundry few lobelia seedlings needing to be moved on to the next sized soil block. Over watered again, of course!


I was a little behind with all my household greenhouse chores, and I was getting pretty tired by afternoon, but I still had vacuuming transplanting to do. So, I dragged my vacuum cleaner lettuce flat out and starting vacuuming planting.


By evening I was shot. And I really needed to relax, but it was time to start dinner. Hubby decided that he wanted steak, potatoes, and some steamed vegetables Chinese food, which was going to take some time and energy, both of which I didn’t have- I had housework to do! I decided to get started, have a nice meal, and get back at it. After dinner there was just enough time to clean the bathroom sow some seeds. Whew! What a least my house is clean now. Good thing to, because it’s supposed to be sunny all weekend.

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  • gardenerprogress/Catherine

    How funny! It's funny how gardening chores are so much more rewarding than household ones! I think you got the most important stuff done, now you'll have more time to enjoy the sun on the weekend :) Hopefully more gardening!! :)

  • Gardeness

    I'm so glad you got your priorities straight. Laundry will wait, a seeding needs love!

  • jodi (bloomingwriter)

    I hear you on this...good thing my husband is very handy at doing housework. :-)

  • Muddy Boot Dreams

    Hi Tessa, looks like you had a great day [ vacuuming ] I mean seeding.

    The photos that you commented on my blog are sepia. I just went into Picassa, and quickly changed the tone of them. They can be undone just a quickly. I love Picassa.

    Happy Gardening.


  • Janet

    I just stumbled across your blog - very cool! It's nice to (virtually) meet another Portland greenhouse gardener. I'm jealous though --- you're way ahead of me on seed starting. I just started a small batch of tomatoes yesterday, and that's it for 2009 so far.

  • DirtDigger (Tessa)

    Thanks everyone for the visit!

    Catherine- I think most gardening chores are a lot more fun than housework! I'd rather dig a trench than clean my house any day!

    Gardeness- Luckily you can throw a load of laundry in before you go outside- good thing you don't have to stand there and watch it wash!

    Jodi- Me too! I've been blessed with a great hubby :)

    Jen- Wow! You did the sepia using Picasa? I love using it too- so many things you can do with it and they just keep making it better.

    Janet- So nice to meet you. I was just over at your blog- 8x16 greenhouse...and you're jealous of me?

  • blossom

    Ha ha. I enjoyed your post. It's entertaining. I feel like you are talking about me, too.

  • texasdaisey

    A woman like me. Picks gardening over house cleaning. Thanks for you comments. My friend James' store is pretty cool. We live a bit over 2 hrs away from Plano. But there are some other cool places to stop along the way if you ever do want to come. Let me know I can fill you in.

  • Annie's Granny

    LOL, clean house just like I do!

  • DirtDigger (Tessa)

    Blossom- I think gardeners in general can be this way! Who wants to do housework when there is so much work (fun) to be done outside?

    Texasdaisey- 2 hrs huh? Well usually my sister is up for fun when I'm there, so we'll see!

    Annie's Granny- I love your name! Really cute. Thanks for stopping by and happy gardening!

  • Kathleen

    Thanks for the chuckle Tessa. You're so clever. I would have picked gardening over laundry & vacuuming too! Those are always there, aren't they? Your seedlings are coming along nicely ~ I think it's all the attention you're giving them. See, it pays to avoid housework! Your garden will be beautiful this year then you can get back to housework...

  • DirtDigger (Tessa)

    Thanks Kathleen- Well see about the garden being beautiful though, that remains to be seen!

  • Jan (ThanksFor2Day)

    Oh Tessa, I am still laughing:) You are so right about's true for me too! I highly dislike all forms of house cleaning. I wish I didn't, but there are so many other things to do, who has time? That's why my house needs cleaning (as usual:)

    You are something with all this seed planting and care that you're taking with everything. I'm not convinced I'll ever be good with that, I think I'm the 'easy' gardening type...I love plants- Love to plant 'em and Love to watch 'em bloom! Not so sure about the seed stage though...but I'll watch you and maybe next year I'll be better informed. Hmm.

    How's the vacuuming going today? Any luck there?
    Housekeeping is over-rated!

  • Michelle

    Oh Tessa! It doesn't seem as funny when I forgo housework in favor of gardening. When the phantom 5th cat accumulates I know it's time to put down the shovel/hoe/rake/etc and get out the vacuum cleaner. Thanks for following my blog :) I'll be stopping by again.

  • DirtDigger (Tessa)


    Yes! House work is over rated! Well, I did get some done today- all caught up. With snow falling this morning, I managed to get quite a bit done!
    About the seed sowing- once I tried it I was hooked! I love getting into the process of the whole thing- it's fascinates me, to be honest. I am a bit of a tweak, so no surprise there :)!

    Thanks for stopping by Michelle. I have to admit, being a former neat freak in the house (that is until I had kids, not to mention animals!:) I have to put on my blinders when I awake and come downstairs! They're sort-of similar to the glasses I have to wear when looking at seed catalogs!

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