Monday, March 09, 2009

Springing Forward...

Written on March 7, 2009

I hate daylight savings time.  Let me just get that out of the way.

I do like more daylight in the evenings, but I hate the whole changing the clocks twice a year, especially in my car.  If cars didn't have digital clocks, maybe I'd feel differently about it, but when the time changes, I have to get out the manual and figure out how to set the clock.  I don't like having the wrong time staring at me while I'm driving, so I become obsessive about fixing it.  I'm wishing the car clock had a stem, like a wristwatch does, so I could do this more easily.

The other thing I don't like about DST is that my cats aren't on it.  They'll keep waking me up on their own internal schedule.  Doesn't matter if the clock reads 5:30am; if they want me up, they're going to find a way to get me up.

I'll bet we don't really know what time it is anymore because we've sprung forward and fallen back so much.  Einstein is right; time is relative.  Too bad I can't live on my internal clock; I'd be in perpetual nap time.


I finally finished the assignments hanging over my head (Saturday) and went outside to clear the herb garden.  I love my herb garden.  Fresh herbs make foods more flavorful, and I like not having to pay for them since they are so expensive (even the dried herbs are expensive these days).  Now to get the vegetable garden dug up and planted, which I will do next weekend. 

Teaching summer school online is the only way to go!  With only one class, I can spend more time on my gardens.  Inevitably, of course, I have to work on my fall classes, but not having to drive into the "big" city saves me so much time.


Now to get the front garden cleared out and plant some flowers.  Today is also bread-baking day.  I'm out of bread, and I hate paying the ridiculous prices for that airy stuff that passes for it.  I have a great recipe for French bread that makes four loaves.  It freezes well and goes with anything I cook.

I might be done with schoolwork for the day, but it seems that I've made myself quite a to-do list here.  Better get started!


Maureen O'Neal said...
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Maureen O'Neal said...

I agree--growing your own herbs is the way to go!

I have mine planted in the side of our yard; it gets plenty of sunlight there. Two of my favorites are rosemary and cinnamon basil (so yummy on fish--who would have thought?).

I'd love to know some of yours, preferably those that work well out-of-the-pot. I put all of my herbs in the ground. And, I am always looking for new ones to add.

-Maureen O.
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(I don't know what happened to my comment the first time I posted it!)

dotsmom said...

Thyme, basil, mint, sage, lavendar, rosemary (a good-sized bush), lemon balm, bee balm, oregano (two well-established plants). I planted some Thai basil, but I can't seem to get that to grow. And I'm not sure my tarragon will come up this year, but we'll see. I bought most of these at Lowe's (except rosemary and Thai basil).