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Women Don’t Need Pockets and a Continuation of the Seedling Story

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The first seedlings

These are the first sunflower and marigold seedlings that came up on the 26th.

I will attempt to run a 15K tomorrow. This will end one of two ways. I will either be dry heaving on the side of Columbia Parkway, or I will barely be able to crawl out of bed on Monday morning. I went to Target today to get something appropriate to wear. The weather will make appropriate clothing tricky. The race starts at 8 at which point it will be 46 degrees and rainy. While running my guts out a light shirt and running pants will be acceptable. I sweat like a beast when active. The trouble will start after I get to the finish line. I won’t be running anymore and it will still be chilly and rainy.

I was hoping Target would have some women’s running pants with pockets. No dice. All the men’s pants have pockets. They don’t cost any more than the women’s pants. What gives? Do just men have things like car keys and cell phones that need to be stowed while working out? This isn’t the first time I’ve noticed this. I have resorted to buying men’s track pants for quite some time for this reason. What sane woman totes around her purse while at the gym or while out for a jog?? What do clothing manufacture’s think we do with necessary items like driver licenses? If no athletic clothing company has addressed this by the time I’m ready to move on to a new career, I’m making women’s athletic clothing with places to stow their junk.

It’s time for Seedling update. My first seedlings appeared on the 26th. The lamps seem to be doing a great job. Due to my plant munching cats, I have limited options in where to place my seedlings for the to get maximum light. Last year I had to keep them in a window that only got sunlight in the morning. The seedlings seemed to get really leggy on their quest to reach for the sun. I’m curious to see if the grow lamps yield a different result. My first seedlings were the sunflowers and marigolds.

Many more seedlings appeared on the 27th. The new seedlings included most of the romaine lettuce, more than half of the cauliflower, most of the broccoli, and most of the marigolds. The tomatoes are teeny tiny. Their first seedling leaves aren’t out of the ground yet. I can see the teeny stems on their way out though.

Thus far I have had a pretty good rate of germination. Last year I had good germination for all the plants except the bell peppers. Those didn’t do so hot. I don’t know if the environment wasn’t warm enough for them or what. I have the grow lamps set-up in the attic. It’s the warmest part of the house in the spring with all the sunlight that is absorbed by the black roof.

The asparagus plant is back from the grave. I was supposed to bring the plant in last winter. I planned poorly because the pot the asparagus is in was too large to drag in the house. I just noticed today that there are brand new asparagus stalks in the pot this spring. I’m really happy. I thought I killed it. It is apparently more hardy than I realized. I’ll have pictures of that soon.

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