Spring Is Finally Here…

In my eagerness to embark on my new journey of self-sufficiency on living off the land, last week’s warm sunny days tricked me into thinking the last frost finally passed. Unfortunately, I was wrong and my hundreds of vegetable seedlings were met with frosty demise when they were transplanted to the garden. After feeling guilty for being a plant killer, I learned my valuable lesson for being impatient with mother nature; in nature, everything has its own timeline.
DSC_9661Today, it looks like Spring is finally here. But just to be safe, I will wait until next week to replant the vegetable garden. In the mean time, I took a walk through my backyard forest to see what native plants are growing.
DSC_9713I discovered: Indian Plum tree seedling. The plums are very tiny and not edible. The birds love them.

A Field of False-Lily-of-the-Valley. It looks like it might flower next week.
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DSC_9774Western Trillium, also known as Wake-Robin.
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Salmon Berry Blossom. It’s really pretty but unfortunately, the berry isn’t very tasty.
DSC_9724DSC_9709Vine Maple Tree Seedling
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Wishing everyone healthy and safe during this challenging time in our world…

Stormy Clouds, Sunshiny Moment, and Pea Size Hail

It has been almost a week since our state mandated “Stay-at-Home” quarantine. However, ever since I  left my rat race career; I have become more of a social recluse by choice. So fortunately, the quarantine hasn’t really affected my life much… other than having to endure stupid actions by some hateful people when I do venture out to buy groceries. And speaking of groceries… I wish people would stop hoarding food and other basic toiletries. I mean really… hoarding two years worth of toilet paper? All this unnecessary hoarding has created more problems and anxiety in this turbulent time. Okay, I’ll get off my soap box now…

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Today was one of those unpredictable weather phenomenon. Finally, after almost two weeks of rainy days; the sun broke out through the stormy clouds. The sunshiny moment casts a beautiful warmth and glow on the daffodils in the garden. Seeing the bright yellow flowers dancing in the breeze lifted my spirit and made me feel grateful for the beautiful opportunities around me.

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I was able to shoot for about fifteen minutes before the sun retreated back behind the stormy clouds. Then the rain came back and it quickly turned into a pea size hail storm accompanied by the symphony of thunder and lightning.

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According the the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the last frost date for my zone is around April 6th. I’ve been eagerly awaiting the for last frost so I can start planting my vegetable garden. It looks like I need to wait a little longer. Mother nature… you just never know what she’ll do.

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Waiting for the Last Frost…

I woke up this morning to another beautiful sunny day. That’s three days straight and according to the weather report, it’s going to be sunny until Friday — then the rain returns. Oh well… the joy of living in the Pacific Northwest. I’m fine with the rain but right now I’m anxiously waiting for the last frost to be over so I can start my new farming venture.

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After months of cold, rainy, gray sky weather — the mild temperature tricked the plants into believing spring is here.  Unfortunately with sunny days, the temperature can still dip below freezing at night. Hopefully, the frosty nights will not damaged the tender new growths too much.

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Another Day, Another Chapter

I woke up early this morning to a beautiful sunrise… most of the leaves have fallen off the trees so I was able to see the mountain through the forest. What a mesmerizing sight! I get to see this tranquil view everyday from my front porch instead of the rush hour traffic that used to greet me. I can’t believe it has been over a year since I moved from living in a small rental house on a gravel lot next to the noisy freeway to this beautiful six acre property out in the country. Instead of traffic noise and exhaust fume, I get to listen to singing birds, and smell fresh mountain air.

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Besides my change of address, I also made another big change to my career. After 2 1/2 years of 5 to 6 hours of stressful daily commute to my even more stressful management job in Seattle — I decided to quit the rat race. Every day, I would wake up at 4:30 a.m. and leave home at 5:30 a.m. so I could catch the train or express bus to the city and then I had to either catch the slow street car or walk up the steep 1 mile hill to my office. Then, I spend the next 8 hours working with challenging staff and clients. Because of the chaotic traffic in Seattle, I don’t usually get home until 6 or 7 p.m.. I find myself physically sick and rundown constantly. I had no life other than sleep and work. What little time I had, I was too tired and depressed to do anything. Which explains why my last blog post was almost 2 years ago.

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I don’t know what happened to the city of Seattle… it is no longer the beautiful city I used to know. The city now seems very dilapidated and is full of unfriendly, unhappy people. Inevitably, I became one of those people. While I was afraid to give up the security of a  good income, when I noticed my physical and mental health was being severely impacted; it was time for me to move on. I decided to take the obvious opportunity with the property. I started a mini-farm endeavor — in addition to using my other creative talents to generate an income. I am so grateful that I finally have the means to pursue my passion of living off the land and enjoy this beautiful nature around me.

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