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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Dreaming of summer and warmer weather

Picture of Bee Balm from my garden 2008
In January, in Wisconsin, it is cold, the days are short and everything is white or gray, even the sky on most days. So in the summer, when my garden is in bloom, I take lots of pictures! Now, I open them and look at them to remind myself that soon it will be warm again ... and everyone will switch from complaining about the cold to complaining about the heat! But it's all good ... the bugs, the bees even the mosquitoes! In January I welcome the thought of slapping away mosquitoes just as in July a snowfall sounds wonderful! Like everything it's all a matter of perspective. I know right now as we up here in the north have had enough of the snow, ice and cold there are people in the south who are thrilled when it snows! So, Wisconsin is, and always will be, the land of changes. In the last week alone the temperature has varied by as much as 70 degrees! By the end of summer it possibly will be 140 degrees warmer than it was this past week. Crazy to think about, but true! From -40 to 100 ... that's Wisconsin!

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I love to work in my gardens ... flowers, herbs and vegetables all intermingled. I am an organic gardener and use companion plantings to help control the pests and diseases. I also love to help "young people" learn that they can make a meal from scratch just as fast as they can open a box of Hamburger Helper or go through the drive through. I run a business from my home teaching people to cook & selling the tools to do so. I work full time at the local grocery store, so I see many sides to the food we eat. Most of it is not good. We need to get back to feeding ourselves as much as possible and stop shipping our food thousands of miles! I also am an avid supporter of the Humane Society, La Crescent Animal Rescue and other local groups that help animals. Recycling, composting and re-purposing are also very important causes to me! I run an online greeting card business and a business that sells plant based cleaning products & natural supplements as well.