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What Are You Looking Forward To?

ziggyrat Easter 2012 In yesterday's New Day, pNut evoked a range of responses when he asked how 2012 was for you. Quite a few of us had a rough year, or some rough patches. So now I'll ask you the next question: What are you looking forward to?

More than anything else after the past year of crisis management (especially the white-knuckle springtime months) I'm looking forward to this coming spring.  Last year there wasn't a single moment available for what I've come to love best-- gardening.

bellpepperscropped Three years ago we built a series of square foot gardens on the front lawn (which is the only full sun we get), but last year they sat empty until a couple of odd tomato seeds sprouted without any encouragement. I'm going to mix up batches of soil from compost and peat moss and vermiculite and grow bell peppers, tomatoes, green yellow and purple bush beans, crookneck squash, kale, all kinds of lettuces, and flowers.  Lots and lots and lots of flowers.

treepornAnd then there's THAT TREE I'm looking forward to getting rid of, because you can't have creation without a little destruction.  I'm not tallking about that tree to the right ----->, which I'd be happy to rub on a daily basis.  I'm talking about that redwood tree a former owner thought would be fabulous right next to the house and right on top of sewage and leach lines. If I could figure out how to keep the tree and just get rid of the invasive roots it could stay, but when it's gone we'll have more sunlight for more square foot garden boxes and the toilets will flush normally again.

There's a couple political cliches I'm looking forward to being rid of, but I'll save those for the tip jar.

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California Central Valley Kossacks - Formed: Jul 29, 2012, Organizer: tgypsy, 23 members

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Latest diary: New England Kossacks - What are you doing January 12, 2013?
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1. Shockwave
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Saturday, January 19th
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Latest diary: Saturday Jan. 19th, 2013, Riverside CA

Saturday, January 19th

SAVE THE DATE: Dinner with Dave in Northridge

LOCATION II: After dinner, The Mint, for karaoke!

Monday, January 21st
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Latest diary: Central Valley Kossacks: Two Meet Ups in One Diary
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11. blue armadillo
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21. doraphasia
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23. Texdude50
24. icelus
25. mr pea
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 1. Mosquito Pilot
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Latest diary: Turning Texas Blue: Lone Star Spring Meet-Up

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