|MJ's potato plant|
I think not.
I close my eyes and dream of gardening,
vegetables....and green stuff.....That is if I don't go to sleep first.
It is winter, an unusually mild one at that. The snow was melting yesterday,-- on January 11th, almost unheard of, --but it insists on snowing again today to make up for it. Go figure.
Up in N.W. Ontario, winter is definitely "Welcome to Canada".
That's always justification for snow, isn't it? A necessary and attractive diversion when it's dull and overcast. Kids love it, you can shovel it, slide on it, build a snowman, go skiing, or get stuck in it.
At times I say, "Who needs it? "
The fact is, here in the environs of Incoming Bytes -- either you get along with snow --or you move to Arizona. Arizona, is really a desert state, so let us dream...nice and warm, the sun is shining --and it's the place where M.J. Joachim might be at any time, lolling in the back yard writing--or gardening.
M.J. is my guest blogger today. These are her photographs too!
M.J. has been our guest previously, (Gum Pets on the Hill) --which has been one of our most popular posts, --- so I am proud to have her back with us once again!
Please welcome M.J. Joachim --as she shares some Unexpected Treasures.
Finding Unexpected Treasures
by M.J. Joachim
One of the most amazing things about a compost pile is that you never quite know what new life might sprout from it, as things decay and break down, nourishing the soon-to-be soil.While doing my dishes one day and looking out my kitchen window,I was intrigued to notice a very full, vibrantly green plant. Having neglected my compost for quite some time, curiosity couldn’t be kept at bay as I turned off the water and rather hurriedly headed out into the yard .
Sure enough, there amidst piles of old leaves, ancient coffee grounds and a rather large surplus of spoiled fruits and vegetables from the last time I cleaned out my fridge, --was a flourishing emerald bush, the likes of which I had never seen before.
Needless to say, I took care to pay more attention to my compost pile from that day forth, finding all sorts of new things to add to it, hoping to provide extra nutrients for the newest addition to my landscape.
I also made a point to continue watering the area, once the jet stream moved farther north, leaving us with little or no rain to speak of. As you can see from the pictures, my little plant appears to be holding its own fairly well.
Admittedly, I was wondering what type of plant was actually growing. Wanting to test my garden knowledge, I chose to wait it out for a while, hoping it's growth might give it away at some point, a light bulb would go off, and I’d say to myself,
“Why of course, it’s a *potato. I should have realized that so much earlier than this.”
It was not to be, and Google became ever more intensely tempting, until finally I ran across a blog about growing potatoes, complete with pictures of plants in various stages of development.
Truth be told, I wasn’t looking for information on potatoes at the time at all; it was the picture that caught my eye and led me to Google for more pictures of potato plants.
I’m now convinced the foliage is that of a potato plant, though you cannot hold me to it, --on account I won’t be certain until the full cycle of the plant has taken place. However, I do believe I’m growing potatoes in my compost pile, and am patiently waiting to harvest them when the time is right.
Life is a lot like our compost piles, isn’t it?
We dump all sorts of stuff in our hearts and heads, piling garbage and debris ever higher, avoiding the heap, even while it breaks down --and challenges us to recognize its changes.
Trash becomes necessary nutrients and even the foundation for new growth.
How easy it is to dismiss growth by searching in other directions; hoping for something different --and trying to control the natural course of events.
Every once in a while, however, life catches us by surprise, and what it shows us is something so beautiful that even though it seems completely out of place, we embrace what we see, and smile.
Before long, the good that has been there all along can be revealed, encouraging and allowing us to discover ourselves a little bit more --perhaps more than we thought we wanted to, offering us an opportunity to reach out to those who might benefit from our experiences and challenging us to be more effectively human toward the rest of all mankind.
About our Guest Author
M.J. Joachim is a freelance writer and self-described die-hard
American who believes in common sense, hard work, and the
American dream. Freelance writing in a number of genres enables her to share knowledge and opinions on a large variety of subjects --in varying styles and venues. M.J is a strong believer in freedom of speech and human values.
In a dedicated effort to emphasize the often neglected value of humanity and self-worth of all human beings, M.J. recently created a new website http://www.effectivelyhuman.com .
M.J. also recently published several E-books including 'The Merciful Victory of the Cross' , 'Beyond our Words Prayers and Reflections' , and a FlashTyme series of stories that may be found at: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/mjjoachim
We at Incoming Bytes believe M.J. has discovered the fine hobby of growing potato plants. Isn't she lucky? Will the treasures be red or white?
Meantime....zzzzzz....it's still snowing here....
* Note: potatoes are not commonly grown in hot desert climates.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it