by The Land Connection Staff
As we enter our eighth week working from home, The Land Connection staff has begun to get restless. Our pets, children, partners, and gardens (or lack thereof) have been both a comfort and a distraction. Here are some of our musings on life in isolation.
Spring is a pretty magical time. So much change, happening so quickly! Unfortunately, since everything feels like so much change overall right now, I have been neglecting my spiritual duty to stop and smell the spring flowers. To remedy this, I stole a couple of hours after work last Tuesday to head out to Lake of The Woods Forest Preserve and find my spring ephemeral friends. Some have already gone, others have not yet begun to bloom, but things are changing rapidly, so do yourself a favor and go see what’s in the woods before the canopy closes.
Which one of my children just yelled ‘Bruce Lee’ before a loud crash echoed from the living room? This thought occupies my mind while I’m trying my best to focus on the 4th zoom meeting I have attended today. Life in quarantine is interesting, WORK in quarantine is a whole other topic. Thankfully Market season is fast approaching, so relief is near. Happy shelter-in-place day #40!
The “kids” (dogs) have enjoyed having us both home a little too much. Every time we move it’s as if we are doing the most interesting thing ever. With the weather getting warmer, I am finding the call of our garden even harder to ignore. Plant sales are beginning, there is weeding to be done, transplants are ready to be put in the ground, and there are Urbana bunnies I wish to “eliminate” forever. Writing about my experience has been extremely cathartic.
Occupying my time with being outside has been a big part of my routine during the pandemic. One part of that is putting together our garden. We have been growing from seed tomatoes, tomatillos, radishes, snap peas, carrots, many types of peppers, okra (can’t wait for these!), and a lot of herbs. While we didn’t have a terrible amount of success with our first season of tomatillos last year, it looks like things are off to a great start for this season!