Snail Porn?!

8 02 2008

Every Thursday Since arriving out in OR, I (this is Gabe, btw, not Chad) have been taking a Master Gardener certification class. Yes, you may soon be able to address me as Master Gardener Rysula. Not quite as thrilling as Kung Fu Master, but hey, we all gotta have something…

Anyway, we started with a botany class to understand how plants work and have been learning about things as varied as composting, care for orchard trees, and the proper way to grow in greenhouses. All of this information will be extremely useful in the coming months and years as Chad and I get things up and running.

Today in class, we learned about insects; both pest and beneficial varieties, how to attract the latter and get rid of the former, organic ways of doing so, and basic entymology. Smack dab in the middle of the presentation was a short video of 2 snails mating. Complete with “romantic” music…This goes to show you you never know what you are going to stumble across in a day.

We did more minor work on the greenhouse when I got home from class. The plan is to get up early tomorrow and get the rest of the post bolts in, the baseboards in, and the purlins tightened up. This last step will hopefully straighten everything out. It looks a little lopsided right now, despite our painstaking measurements that went on the first 3 days before we even STARTED construction. I can’t wait until this stupid thing is up and we don’t have to worry about it anymore. Of course, that just means there will be something else for us to worry about.

Also, we need to get some seeds started. Brassicas (broccoli and cauliflower), as well as onions and leeks. Peas need to be in the ground as soon as it dries out enough to till the field and get some compost worked into our planting beds… It is all kind of overwhelming to think about.

In other news this week, I dug my prenatal yoga DVD out of the moving boxes and have started doing this every couple days. I only mention this because Chad did it with me the other morning (Kirby walked down the stairs to both of us in Downward Facing Dog position. If you have a clue what that means, you will know it was pretty hysterical). He goes to the gym almost every day, can bench press double my body weight, and yet prenatal yoga kicked his ass… He is still complaining about it. It’s pretty funny.

You may be wondering about the pregnancy. It is going well so far. I have a weird muscle twinge every once in a while right under my ribs just below my sternum, but that is the only thing I can really complain about. In case you haven’t heard, we found out we are having a girl, and my due date is June 17, 2008. I go back to the doctors on Monday, but this is just one of many check-ups. I am starting to show, and will have Chad get a picture of me with my little bump so we get it online for all those of you who want to see it.

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8 02 2008
Laura

Yay! You are such an inspiration, Gabe. Everything I’ve seen you do, since we’ve met–be it planning trips, going to culinary skills, throwing wonderful parties with perfectly planned menus, and now the farm–you’ve gone after it all with such enthusiasm and a lust for learning that is simply shining. I’m so excited to hear about your new farming adventures! I’ve just gotten “Second Nature” from the library and will be planning some gardening tasks for our yard this year–there’s sure to be questions for the Master! And yes, pictures of the baby bump. . .please. I’m so excited about your little sparkling monkey girl! Loves.

8 02 2008
mom

okay i worry sick that this is a huge undertaking with a pregnancy too but you are both very young.keep doing the yoga!!flexibility is huge plus for delivery with calm and focus you will be great.snails mating whatever, i am intersted in the picture chad is going to take.don’t be tooo creative chad just show me the baby bump!!!!

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