Happy Monday! Today is the start of something new for the blog: Zinnias, Tomatoes and Monday Musings.
Zinnias and Tomatoes
Have you ever thought about what you would grow if you could only grow one thing?
I have! Zinnias. They are my favorite flower for the cut flower garden. There are so many beautiful varieties, and they love our 7a climate. They also bloom all summer long and well into the fall, often times up until our first frost.
And if you were to ask Bill, I think his answer would be tomatoes. He grows about 15 tomato varieties each summer and more than 40 tomato plants! We eat as many as we can consume fresh from the vine and can the rest…it’s so nice having garden fresh tomatoes year-round.
I feel like Zinnias and Tomatoes represent our country garden, specifically Bill (tomatoes) and me (Zinnias). So, now that I’ve explained our love for zinnias and tomatoes, you may be asking…what about Monday Musings?!?
After my first year of retirement, I shared with you why I make a to do list on Monday mornings in the blog post, My First Year of Early Retirement and Four Lessons Learned.
And like clockwork, I sit at my desk each Monday morning and plan out my weekly calendar and to do list, even though I’m retired and can do whatever I want, whenever I want…I make a weekly list.
I don’t always accomplish everything on my list, but the list helps me approach retired life with intentional focus on my personal values…like health, relationships, peace and creativity.
Also, as I share more and more of our retired life here on the blog and on Instagram, I have received more and more requests to share our daily routines.
So, here we are…Monday Musings as they relate to retired life in our country garden.
Zinnias, Tomatoes and Monday Musings: February 12, 2024
With each Zinnias, Tomatoes and Monday Musings post, I will share a few highlights from the past week, what Bill and I have been doing at home, in the garden and out & about. I will also share some of what’s on my weekly to do list and calendar as I look forward to the upcoming week.
So, let’s get started.
In the Garden: My First Seed Order
My first seed order arrived last week. My favorite kind of happy mail.
I ordered a few seeds from Baker Creek for my cut flower garden including Split-Second Morning Glories for my trellises, a few packages of Cosmos seeds, and a new to me variety of Bachelor Buttons-Pinkie.
This week on the blog, I’ll be sharing my recommendations for first time flower growers with a focus on flowers that you can grow from seed but do not need to be started in a greenhouse or under grow lights.
And if you’re itching to order a few seeds now, check out my post: 10 of the Best Places to Buy Garden Seeds Online.
Out & About: Pool Time & Volunteering
For years I have been taking water zumba classes at a local indoor pool, and last week I discovered open swim time. The pool was empty.
It was so quiet, and relaxing. Plus, I was able to swim laps for the first time since injuring my shoulder last year…without any onlookers.
I also volunteered as a shopper at Our Daily Bread last week. It’s such a great organization.
At Home: Weekend Fun & the Super Bowl
Did you watch the Super Bowl this weekend? Are you a T. Swift, Usher, or actual football fan? The game was a nail biter. Gotta love overtime.
Or maybe you love the commercials or game food? I’m a fan of both. And, I may have eaten my weight in guacamole and chips! I saw someone wearing a t-shirt one time that said, you can’t make everyone happy, you’re not an avocado! So funny!
I also made a new dessert for the game…peanut butter and banana pretzel cups. The recipe has potential, but it needs some work. First of all, the pretzel needs to be on the bottom, not the banana. And I popped them in the freezer to set and the banana ended up mushy. So, I need to do a bit of testing and tweaking before this recipe is ready to officially share.
A Look Ahead
Valentine’s Day is this Wednesday! Are you planning on celebrating?
Bill and I have decided to go to Ash Wednesday service at lunch time and then stay in that evening and make heart shaped pizzas. You can find our pizza dough recipe on my Instagram feed.
My daughter was born 31 years ago on Valentine’s Day. One of the best days of my life! Happy Birthday Sweet Girl!
I also shared last week, a recipe for Roasted Heart Potatoes with Rosemary for Two. They work well at any meal, breakfast, lunch or dinner and are so good.
Tulsa Vintage Show
I cannot wait! The annual Tulsa Vintage Show starts this Friday. I love arriving when the show starts and plan to be there first thing Friday morning.
We’ve attended the show for several years now and I always manage to find something to bring back home with me. Plus, I love talking to the vendors. So many of them are experts, especially the ones that specialize in a specific type of collection.
I’ll be on the hunt for vintage McCoy Planters, copper, transferware, ironstone and chocolate candy molds.
Other Things that Made the List
- I ended up swimming 4 times last week and plan on making time for open swim again this week, plus my usual water Zumba classes.
- My girlfriends are getting together Sunday evening for our monthly potluck and chat. I’m still waiting to find out what the theme is before I decide what to make.
- I need to take a good look at my seeds and see if I need to make any additional orders. Spring will be here before we know it!
- I ordered two new barstools for my kitchen that have arrived and are ready to be assembled.
- And, of course, there are a few of my favorite things that never make the list, but I do daily…like take a walk with Midge, enjoy my morning coffee, and read my latest finds from the library.
That’s it…for now.
Thanks so much for sharing in the first post of Zinnias, Tomatoes and Monday Musings: The Start of Something New.
Please drop me a comment below and let me know your thoughts, if you have any questions or if there is anything else you’d like me to share in Zinnias, Tomatoes and Monday Musings. It’s a work in progress.
Cheers to retired life, and as always, happy gardening!
X Penny Pennington Weeks