Yesterday was one of those days where you just have to stop, smile and say to yourself, "Life is Good". And it really was! I started off the morning at the Home Depot, and I know that doesn't sound too exciting, but it's what set me on the path to a day of discovery right here in my own backyard. Let me explain. I originally went to Home Depot to buy cleaning supplies, which I did get,but while i was there I noticed the tomato plants, and quickly though to myself, "HOLY CRAP". It's been really cold here on Long Island these past few weeks, and I have been wrapped in a sweater, not really thinking about my garden, (aside from the pickle cucumbers that i planted a few weeks ago, something i know does well even if it frosts overnight). I felt an overwhelming urgency to get my tomatoes in the dirt.
This is where I buy my tomatoes. It's a local farm, so local in fact that I could walk there from my house. I had lived in my home for 4 years before I stumbled upon this gem, purely by accident. I have been dying ever since to take my parents there, knowing they would be amazed. The plants are so healthy, the family that owns the place, so friendly, and the plants produce the best veggie I've had since my dads hand sewn garden from my youth. And if you roam around the place, you fall upon greenhouse after greenhouse packed with one exotic plant after another.
I spent almost an hour pulling around my little red wagon, filled with 5 tomato plants, 5 different varieties, all ready to be planted the minute I got home. But I did not go directly home, there was more discovery to be had. After picking up a prescription at CVS (where I discovered i could spend a lot of dollars on just about nothing, not one of the better discoveries of the day), I stopped into a local beer distributer that I've passed a million times before, just never had the need to stop in. Well, that was a huge mistake
I stood in the THREE ISLES of micro-brews dazed and confused. A usually easy task, I had to take out my phone and dial home, reading off label after label to my husband, until we came to a mutual agreement. Our mutual agreement was to get two today and return again and again until we've tried them all.
Back home, tomatoes in the dirt, car unpacked, patio scrubbed clean, new fire pit filled with wood, I came across some discoveries right there in my own yard.
As the day came to and end and we enjoyed our beers while we watched the Division 1 playoffs, the sky behind me turned the most scrumptious shade of orange and purple. It had truly been one of those spring days that gives you a glimpse of what summer has in store for you. I look forward to many more days of discovery, just like this one.