so much rain, so much green

May 24, 2011 |  Category:   life

Maybe you’ve heard that NY has been under rain for over a week. Even the one sunny day that we had, Saturday, saw a shower that passed through our neighborhood (but not at the Flea in Williamsburg oddly enough). This has meant raincoats and rainboots for 10 days…BUT, everything is so lush and green around NYC, including our little balcony garden. Among our usual flowers, herbs and tomatoes, we’re also attempting to grow strawberries and basil this year. We already have tiny little fruit growing.

I’ve been getting some decent sleep lately and I even woke up earlier than the girls today which is really saying something. Most days, the girls can be up as much as an hour and a half before I get out of bed (they were waking up fairly early around the time change). Mia doesn’t make breakfast anymore, but sometimes Mark prepares breakfast the night before with a note of instructions on what to do (“bowls of yogurt in the fridge, add this granola” – you know, that sort of thing). Mark is usually gone for the day around 6am and I confess, I have no idea what the girls do by themselves in the morning for that long. Sometimes I sense that they come in to my room to make sure I’m there or still breathing, but most times they leave me alone. Good girls.

Today looks promising as I see the sun rising behind the buildings out my window. I haven’t minded the rain too much other than the fact that we went through 2 broken umbrellas, but it would be nice to see some sun. We are totally in vacation countdown mode though and we’re all in that frame of mind where our brains have already checked out on vacation even though there is work to be done till then. You know what I’m talking about, right? 4 more days….

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  • PInk Ronnie May 24, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Love all that green, your plants look so lovely.

    I’m usually the last one up in our house as well, unless all three boys are up at once in which case Rick will need my help with at least one of them. Otherwise, he tends to let me sleep in as much as possible (wonderful man, he is). I hope when the boys are older, they’ll learn to let mummy sleep in as well.

    Vacation countdown – that’s always exciting!

  • Susan May 24, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Happy vacation countdown…(and countdown to turning mac in, right?) It will be great!!

  • sandra May 24, 2011 at 9:28 am

    all this green looks amazing all the way to berlin jenna 🙂

  • Nicole Franzen May 24, 2011 at 10:00 am

    I have been loving the green and the fullness. I was up at Eagle Street Rooftop Farm and everything was SOO lush and magical (I posted photos on my blog) but boy do I miss the sunshine. Yesterday it was in the 60s today in the 80s gotta love New York Springs

  • Annie May 24, 2011 at 10:03 am

    love how independent your girls are. Very well done!

  • La Modelo Perfecta May 24, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Good Idea about the night before breakfast instructions…I was feeling guilty about me staying in bed (on weekends)… but you are a great Mother… so I guess there is nothing wrong with me

  • Nichole Robertson May 24, 2011 at 11:00 am

    I finally learned (after years of trial and error), to pinch back the basil properly to keep it lush and full and prevent it from getting tall and straggly. I will find the video that helped me and send it along. My plants were SO lush last year after I started doing it.

  • Stéphanie May 24, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    First homemade tomatoes for me this year… Have now a garden for the first time since I quit my parents’house (seventeen years before). It’s like a part of me, that I had forgotten after all these years or that I had frozen, is reborn. Youpie !

  • lizzie May 24, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    love the green after the rain. our grass has grown insanely tall in the last few weeks in texas, we’re having some pretty serious rain ourselves!

  • Clara May 24, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Totally impressed you’re growing strawberries balcony!