It Comes In Waves

Usually when I'm very absent from blogging on here, it's not because there's a lack of blog-related happenings. It's because one of the other balls I juggle demands more attention, and recently, more than one ball decided to say "Toss me higher, higher!"

I don't begrudge the balls their fun--I do, in fact, relish managing multiple responsibilities and being involved in my community in various ways. I enjoy those many other aspects of my life that sometimes take up my time and take me away from blogging; sometimes it's work, sometimes it's vacation, and sometimes it's volunteering. Lately, it's been a mix of all three.

Volunteering is something I do a lot of, and I blog about it here (sometimes even complaining that I do too much). My volunteering, however, has evolved a bit in the past year or so--although I still get down and dirty with hands-on work, mostly I'm involved in running groups or being on boards of directors. And thus, I have exciting news on that front. Remember DC State Fair, which I helped organize in August along with Jenna and Amelia, two local DC food and/or garden bloggers? Well, it was incredibly amazing and the community clamoured for DC State Fair to repeat and expand--so in October, we incorporated as a nonprofit in DC and formed a board of directors along with Sylvie, another local food blogger, and David (who blogs, but not predominantly about food or gardening, although he often tests my cooking creations, generally with noises of approval). At the end of November, DC State Fair had a bake sale to help raise funds to cover the costs of filing forms with various government agencies to allow us to operate fully--those filings can get pretty pricey! But I'm looking forward to being DC State Fair Board President and helping build a community around showcasing and engaging DC residents' gardening, culinary, and artistic talents. There are a lot of things to do in the coming months before we even think about next year's fair, but I'm already stoked about it!

Another kind-of-work, kind-of-fun, kind-of-volunteering involves the garden community website DigTheDirt. I was contacted by Kaarina about guest posting on the site as an indoor gardening "expert" (I add quotes, 'cause, well, it's such a strong word. Yeah, I might grow things beyond the average indoor gardener, but I know I know a lot less than I should to successfully grow the plants I have, so I have difficulty calling myself a for-real expert.). I thought about the opportunity a bit and discussed it with Kaarina, and we finally settled on me writing a post on the first and third Mondays of each month. Of course, I will likely end up doing more at some point, but the twice-monthly posts would be more in-depth than the infrequent other posts (maybe updates, interesting tidbits, etc.). I am going to have to think exceedingly hard about content, however--I think the format I'm planning is different enough that I wouldn't be sniping from myself. My plan is that The Indoor Garden(er)'s content wouldn't change (not that I'm exceedingly consistent with it, anyway!). My first DigTheDirt post went up on Monday, and it includes my experience and suggestions about growing tomatoes indoors--there are a few more "do not"s than there are "do"s, of course, but I find those to be just as valuable! I have a few ideas for future posts--it's still an evolving website, but there are almost no houseplants whatsoever, so I have my work cut out for me for a while!

I'm juggling other balls, as well, but there is also, of course, The Indoor Garden(er). And I spent about an hour and a half early Tuesday morning (when I wrote most of this) neeming one-third of my more than 120 plants when I found minuscule mealy bugs on my Sedum. I had been taking pictures to be all like "Happy news, happy things going on, happy pictures of happy plant events!" (The Sedum in question was flowering under the fluorescents, and it excited me, also because there was some tag-along grass flowering behind it and the Aloe "Firebird" flowering in front of it. Also, I was going to show pictures of a flowering Saintpaulia, Phalaenopsis, Chirita, and Ornithogalum caudatum, as well as other plant happenings, but the whole mealy bug adventure drained me too much. They'll just have to be a separate post.) I poked myself on an Agave spine, too. I bled a little.

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