So I’m practically a hippie now


First I joined a CSA. I got Sister #2 and Ben to go halfsies on a half-share, and even with that I’m a little worried that it will be more than I can eat before it goes bad. I’m super excited and I love love love the idea of giving my money to actual people rather than a big business.

After I joined the CSA I decided that I needed some homegrown herbs to go with my super-spiffy, locally-grown herbs to go with them. I tried to grow herbs last summer, but it didn’t go well. Madison ever the counter jumper and eater of everything, made it nearly impossible to keep herbs indoors. I moved the herbs outdoors and they were promptly flooded by a deluge when I wasn’t home. Apparently, it was not the right time.

But now that it’s just me and Paco, I think I can grow me some dill. Paco’s not a counter jumper or an eater of anything but catfood. In fact, he can’t even get on the windowsill where I’ve stored the herbs unless I put a chair there first. And I do keep a chair there, I just made sure that no herbs were in his spot.

This new CSA-sharing, herb-growing phase of my life disturbs me a little bit not only because I’m still scarred by The Great Hippiefest Incident of Aught Seven, but because I am not a hippie. I don’t want to be a hippie. But here I am, acting all hippie-like. Barf. You know what makes this even worse? I didn’t tell you about the patchouli-scented hippie organic deodorant my niece found in the bookcase last weekend.

What’s happening to me?

14 Comments
  • hotrod
    May 7, 2012

    Hey, I just planted my herb garden this weekend too! I’ve got basil, parsley, cilantro, chives, rosemary, and mint all growing on my front stoop. They get lots of sunlight and dogs peeing on them and car exhaust and discarded syringes – all the good things they need to grow.

    • Jodi
      May 7, 2012

      @hotrod, Mine might need some dog pee and car exhaust and syringes because the only thing sprouting thus far is the mustard.

  • hotrod
    May 7, 2012

    Well, I cheated and bought plants that had already sprouted from a nursery. Last year, my basil looked pretty rough for about six weeks until it really got going. Then we had enough for pesto every night of the week. And my parsley was completely out of control. It hadn’t occurred to me to try mustard or dill, but maybe I can talk the missus into sacrificing her flowers on the other side of the stoop for more herbs…

    • Jodi
      May 7, 2012

      @hotrod, I read that the seedlings were probably a better way to start, but I’m stubborn and wanted to do it on my own. if things don’t perk up by the end of the week, I’ll get some seedlings. I did notice this morning there’s signs of life in the thyme bucket, that makes me super happy.

      Flowers on one side and herbs on the other? Could you two be any cuter? I doubt it.

  • hotrod
    May 7, 2012

    I can relate to the stubbornness, but I am also impatient. Seedlings are definitely the way to go. And, no – we couldn’t be any cuter.

    • Jodi
      May 7, 2012

      @hotrod, When all my seeds get big and healthy I will be able to declare myself the far, superior herb farmer. So I got that going for you.

      I have to admit I’m still having a hard time adjusting to the kinder, happier, and (barf) cuter Hotrod.

  • hotrod
    May 7, 2012

    Okay, fine. I am scrapping my herb garden and growing them all from seeds. Also, we got a pasta attachment for our mixer by returning some of our crappier wedding gifts and I’ve been making my own cheese for almost a year now, so my totally home-grown pesto is going to kick ass.

    I may be cuter, but I’m still going to go absurd lengths to win made-up contests. Meaning – I am still just as petty and small as I ever was. Huzzah!

    • Jodi
      May 7, 2012

      @hotrod, You make your own cheese? WHAT?

      I have recently fallen in love with the idea of a KitchenAid Mixer and have pondered lobbying hard to get one for my 40th. In fact, I’ve pondered registering for my birthday party so people know what to send me.

      Also, I am totally going to win the herb garden challenge. Yay me!

  • hotrod
    May 7, 2012

    Oh, yes. A new challenge. This is totally on. I look forward to continuing my undefeated streak.

    You read that correctly – I make my own cheese. Also, registering for your birthday is a great idea. I heartily endorse that plan even though my position on birthdays has not changed. You may as well get what you want. I married into my KitchenAid mixer, and I love it. The only reason I don’t wish I had one years ago is that it would be gone now anyway.

    • Jodi
      May 7, 2012

      @hotrod, I am stunned that you make cheese. I might have to learn how to do that.

      Once you see my mustard you will be worried about your chances of being “undefeated.” Speaking of which, when did the definition of that word change? Perhaps you’re not clear on what it means.

      I would totally change my stance on marriage if I could find a man with a nice KitchenAid Mixer.

  • hotrod
    May 7, 2012

    Even without the appliances, being married is a pretty sweet deal. I recommend it highly.

    And I’m pretty sure “undefeated” still means never having suffered through a loss. So, yes – I know what it means. And, yes – it applies to me.

    (Truth be told, I’ve only ever made mozzarella. I got a kit for hard cheeses for Christmas, but I haven’t tried any out yet. Been too busy sitting around watching TV.)

    • Jodi
      May 7, 2012

      @hotrod, Mozzarella is the easiest of cheeses.

      Perhaps they’ve changed the definition of loss. . . I know I’ve beaten you on a number of occasions.

  • Jodi
    May 7, 2012

    @Hotrod, you are lucky I can’t remember where I uploaded all my old Vox archives & that I’m too busy to go googling. So I’ll just ay all but one of the occasions, because I know I’m hardly perfect. I do remember being particularly right about The Replacements & The Weakerthans.

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