I Feel Healthier Already


I don’t think I’ve ever been happier to say that WINTER IS OVER! I haven’t worn socks to bed in a month, I don’t work out to stay warm or prevent frostbite, I have read outside a few times, I can hang out inside my rondavel and not be quarantined to under my covers and best of all…I planted my garden! That’s right everyone, I’m expecting again  This time, even more variety and freshness. I planted beets, green beans, carrots, tomatoes, lettuce, eggplant, cucumbers and I’m going to take a whack at watermelon! Farmer Shanelle is back again and more ready than ever. I am learning not to complain about what I eat and to be thankful for any and everything, but my taste buds will be ecstatic for something other than bread, potatoes, pasta and cabbage (which was pretty much all I could get during the winter).
The love and support I receive from my community never ceases to amaze me and warm my heart. I had a handful of people helping me today and if I’m completely honest, I feel like I didn’t even do much work. I had a teenager turn over the soil and form my plot, I started weeding and then my bestest friend, Pulane came and helped me. We were all working in the sun (yay to summoning my hibernating melanin!) all day and it was so nice to actually be warm while outside. I then had a neighbor come and help me plant the seeds along with my brother and his friend. Mind you, I didn’t even ask for any of this, people just saw me starting to work on my garden so they flocked and offered their help willingly. Absolutely amazing.
I can’t remember if I mentioned this before, but I planted a little herb garden next to my rondavel a couple weeks ago. I have peri-peri peppers sprouting along with cilantro and I planted carnations in tin cans just to spruce things up. I’m still waiting on the jalapenos, parsley and basil to sprout, but there’s still time. I can’t wait to just step outside, cut a few sprigs of whatever with such ease to spice up my life. I know how much work and sweat will continue to go into my garden, but the benefits are well worth the labor. I will be sure to post pictures of my face-sized beets again and hopefully I’ll have a few more award-winning worthy vegetables this season.


About sfubuntu8

This Blog will document my time spent in the Peace Corps. I hope to share my adventures, trials and triumphs. This website is not affiliated with the US Peace Corps or the US government. The views expressed here do not in any way represent the views of the Peace Corps nor those of the United States government.

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