The first blooms of my 2017 season! This little patch of “Cream Beauty” popped up almost overnight in the front border outside the potager. Because it was warm and (finally!) still, I’d gone out to repair a greenhouse vent, one of which had blown off in the recent strong winds while we were in California last week. I’d done a walkabout yesterday morn, while it was too windy to do the repair, and noticed there was crocus foliage up nearly an inch, but I didn’t expect flowers so quickly. What a delightful surprise! Kinda made up for having to haul a ladder from the pole barn, climb up to take the bent vent framework off, find a pair of pliers to get it all straightened out again, find a washer to reinforce the broken screw hole, and put it all back together again.
It was a reminder that I need to reclaim all my tools and reinstate my own toolbox. After I moved off the herb farm, most of my tools (and there were lots!) were just put into the garage (temporarily!?!?!) I’d had a bucket of tools generally used in the greenhouse, a tool box under the counter in the Big Barn Gift Shop, and a handful of most-often used tools kept on the golf cart. Plus there were lots of tools that employees used that were stored in the little garage at the farm. Last fall, my ultra-tidy husband decided to clean the garage and in the process put all my tools in with his. Nicely sorted, so all the hammers are in one drawer, all the pliers in a second, all the screwdrivers in a third, etc., etc., etc. Unfortunately, I have no idea what is in which drawer. Searching for each tool and part required more than doubled the repair time. So, added to my job list is to put all my basic tools back into my toolbox (which I’ve yet to find) and store it in my Lady Cottage. Little things like that make one’s life so much easier, and make it possible to stay happily married for yet another year.