“If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.”
A little chilly out this morning! They’re calling for sub-freezing temperatures tonight, too. Good thing I invested in these wonderful row covers that act as blankets for all these babies out in the field, so that we can tuck them in at night and give them a few degree buffer from the elements. Speaking of babies, Lily and I knocked out some transplanting this week, getting out our broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, swiss chard and collards just before that big storm hit on Wednesday, which was perfect timing, if I do say so myself, for the next morning, after that good, drenching rain, the babies were as perky as could be, stretching their leave up towards the sun! I can only hope that this row cover is enough to keep them happy and healthy through what I’m hoping will be one of the last freezes of this year. I admit, this is entirely optimistic, but I thrive on optimism, which I’ve found to be crucial in this vocation wherein I am always at the mercy of mother nature. Cross your fingers for me!
Speaking of optimism, do you ever have those weeks where you’re just in a bit of a funk? You aren’t firing on all cylinders, and despite your best intentions, your routine just doesn’t seem to be falling into place, and you just want to curl up in bed and binge watch some Netflix? I know you can commiserate, for we all go through times like that. I have this image of myself becoming spartan-like with my discipline and routine, accomplishing every task before me with style and aplomb, and greeting every challenge and obstacle head on, surmounting them and waving the Street Fare Farm flag victoriously over the fallen corpses of my problems. But alas, contrary to popular belief, I am only human, just like all of you, and sometimes a break from the routine, whether intentional or otherwise, can be extremely beneficial in helping you realize how helpful a solid routine can be, or realize where your efforts need to be tweaked to encourage better success in the long run. So, what I have to say to you when you find yourself in a bit of a funk, is that it’s ok! Take some time for yourself, curl up in bed, watch a little Netflix, read you a paperback, order some pizza, and let go of all the responsibility for a little bit. I promise, once you work the funk out of your system, get that pep back in your step and that twinkle shining in your eye once again, all of your goals and responsibilities will be waiting there for you, right where you left them, and you’ll be able to tackle them once again, refreshed and recharged, ready to grab the day by the throat, as my Dad used to say! That’s what I’m going to do!
I’m excited to see you all tomorrow at the farmers markets! It’s going to be a little chilly, so wear a coat! I will be down in NoDa, which we will be starting back up again outside in the parking lot behind the Company Store and the Smelly Cat Cafe, and Lily will be bundled up at the Winecoff Market. We will have pea shoots, radish shoots, sunflower shoots, eggs, and extra transplants for sale! Come and see us!
Have a wonderful weekend, and, remember, when you fall off that horse, the only thing you can do is pick yourself up, brush the dust off, and climb right back on. Peace!