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Win Some, Lose Some

Jauneta StoutWin some, lose some. Ask the college basketball coaches. It’s the same for all of us. Take the seeds I started in the basement. It took weeks before I figured out the failure was due to a mouse having breakfast, dinner and supper on seedlings. I started over, the seedlings are doing nicely, a month late. Not to mention the costly seeds lost.

Then I look at my freshly baked sourdough bread. Definitely a Win, thanks to a friend who shared her sourdough starter. Sourdough bread takes time and patience, but it is worth it. If you need a recipe, just ask.

Freshly baked sourdough bread

There are the plants damaged by the untimely weather. Tulips, peonies; not one lilac bouquet. I have never seen such brown leaves on peonies. Hopefully there will still be blooms. The hydrangea tree — damaged.

I jumped to the conclusion that I had had spray damage. Perhaps the cornfield across the road, or our freshly planted cornfield a long field away.

Then my son showed me his weather compilations. Extra warm March, (I had enjoyed, blissfully); then the first week of April night time temperatures below 30 or just above. For a week.

It wasn’t chemical burn, but the weather. Farming is our livelihood; spraying before planting is part of the process. Operators are careful to spray when the air is calm and to keep their equipment working properly. But I continue to be suspicious.

The herb pot is doing nicely since I inserted the plastic bottle with side holes and rocks for better water retention.

The bright pot of violas at the back door tells me that not all is lost. A definite Win.

My southern sister is coming for a visit. Flowers are blooming at the back door, and fresh bread; a definite Win.

Violas at the back door

6/14/2016 9:44:32 PM

I would love the sour dough bread recipe. Thank you

6/7/2016 8:02:03 AM

I can vouch for the sourdough bread, one of those fantastic loaves made it to Fl., outstanding. When it arrived, my thoughts immediately went to Grandma McDonalds kitchen. Thank you my sister. Mike

5/29/2016 3:48:45 PM

That bread and those violas are the most beautiful I have seen in years. Yes, they are truly wins. Keep baking and planting. And Blogging!!!