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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

OK, I need a kick-start now...

Is it Wednesday already? I am fairly beat. I've been working (painting/teaching/class prep) nearly non-stop 10-16 hours a day for the last several months. I think I lost my adrenaline rush when I sent off the first book. I now need to push - even harder - on the second book - plus still teach and class prep for the next 4-6 weeks, and I can hardly work up the energy to do so... I teach my last class in this course this week - but that is followed immediately by the next course (which I am also prepping from scratch) for the next 5 weeks. I can't get over the ironies of the overlap (I was neither teaching nor commissioned a few months ago. Not for MONTHS... But now BOTH are going full-out. What's up with that?)

Drawing MUST commence! Wish I had more emotional energy for it...

On a more positive note, my non-wintering herbs are starting to come up. That always makes me happy.



I grew Angelica for the first time this past summer. It has lovely leaves and a number of questionable culinary uses. In it's second year it's supposed to get REALLY tall (8 feet or more) - so I'll have to see if it's outgrown it's space.



And I did a little happy-dance when I saw that my chives are re-emerging! Chives and thyme - I use almost non-stop all summer. I'm growing even more chives this year so that I make use of the blossoms as well (yum!). If you let your chives flower willy-nilly, the leaf production goes way down, and since I use the leaves so much I let very few flowers happen. If I grow twice as many plants, I can let half of them flower. I found a recipe for sesame-chive-blossom-asparagus that is to die for - can't wait to grow enough blossoms to make it more than once or twice this year.

3 comments:

Joanna said...

Good luck with drawing and teaching, its really hard changing hats all the time. Your herbs are looking lovely I won't show them to dylan rabbit he will be after me to plant more so he can eat them again!

anj said...

Sounds like you've been busy! I can totally relate. I've been having trouble finding enough quiet time to do some drawing. I hope to have a small window to jump through tonight, we'll see.

I do love to cook with chives, and thyme is pretty to look at, I think. Are you willing to share that asparagus recipe? Sounds yummers.

PG said...

Ah, you must be a few weeks ahead of us weather wise. My plants are still keeping their heads down...