February 9, 2017 Thursday
Tonight Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson is 2 for 2 against Trump’s attempt to ban Muslims from the US, after Trump’s second appeal to overturn the Temporary Restraining Order. Trump tells the court he’ll see them in court.
Yesterday we got a new US Attorney General, after Republicans voted unanimously to censure Senator Warren when she began to read Coretta Scott King’s 1986 letter to the Senate about Jeff Sessions’ record of blocking voting rights. Two male Senators continued reading the same letter and were not smacked down, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell handed Senator Warren a ready-made slogan for her next campaign: She was warned… nevertheless, she persevered. It’s a battle cry that any woman or man can take up.
About Food: we’ve been eating leftovers and we have company staying with us for a few days so not much new. Tonight I made Chicken Piccata because it was so good when we tried the recipe two weeks ago. I should have taken a picture but I didn’t, but here’s a nice picture of the garden last July.
We have a garden; we grow vegetables and strawberries and we have cherry and apple and pear trees.
At this time of year sometimes we wake up to see this:
On days like this we turn to the seed catalogs and dream of spring. (That birch tree may not ever recover.)
I get out the seed packets and check the packaging dates and how many seeds are left in them. I keep an annual journal so I know what I planted and where; I also note how different varieties perform. There are 11 raised beds and I plant more than one thing in most of them so several months later I’ll know I’m looking at carrot tops but I won’t remember which kind.
The thing about planting a garden, working with seeds, is that seeds are tough little things and they will persevere: they will sprout in places you don’t want them, in hostile conditions, and sometimes a couple of years after the plant that dropped them is long gone. Tomatillos are like that, as are thyme and chives. I find them growing in the gravel every spring and there’s weed cloth under the gravel so they haven’t got a lot to work with, but there they are. We’ve taken to rescuing them, putting them in pots and giving them away or finding another place to plant them. Lupines also invade from the flower beds but I usually let them be.
This is persistence. This is perseverance. This is what we need to do. We need to be like seeds.