Valley Gardening: Always a good time to sow seeds of kindness


Happy Mother’s Day to everyone! My mom passed away seven years ago, (right after Mother’s Day) and I miss her every day. She was such an amazing woman—even the last week of her life was just, to this day, unbelievable. I keep her “last” story in the front window of the store and never get tired of reading it. Her picture is next to my dad’s, who passed away over 30 years ago. You never stop missing your parents! That’s the way it should be, anyways.

While you are out and about this weekend, please include the Sanchez family in your thoughts and prayers. Peyton is undergoing a barrage of tests at Children’s Hospital in Denver. He is such a trooper! And, when he gets home, he (with help from little brother Landon) gets to cut 12” of my hair! The deal I made on Facebook was that the first person donating $100 to the Jaiden Rogers Fund, could cut my hair.  Blue Allen paid the money and the boys get to do the deed. 

I will be donating my hair to Wigs for Kids—my last hurrah before it all turns gray and becomes unacceptable. I mean, have you ever seen a kid with gray hair? I keep telling Larry that “it’s only hair” and it will grow back. He has been very supportive and even donated to both the Valley Humane League AND Jaiden Rogers last week! The fund-raiser for the Valley Humane League at Dell’s Insurance raised over $7,000. If I am not wrong that means there is over $17,000 in the building fund. WOW!!

Speaking of Jaiden—over $800 was raised last Sunday morning. To all you folks that made the trip to the East Side…THANK YOU! When you have medical bills that amount to thousands and thousands of dollars, this $800 is HUGE! You are making a difference in this family’s’ life!

I am thinking that it is time to plant, plant, plant! I worked at the Bistro Rialto front flower boxes this past Thursday evening. I dug out about 40 gallons worth of soil—with about 20 more to go. And then, for reasons I do not know, I kept digging down—to the soil that was there previously—yuck. I thought I had dug down deep enough, 4-5 years ago when I started their planting, but no—I didn’t. The soil that was underneath had set up almost like concrete. Nasty stuff. I am going to leave it, but I’m going to get my digging fork out and try and break it up and mix it a little bit with the newer soil. And then I will add some new Happy Frog, or Ocean Forest or Batch 64 or Moonshine and make it the most water conserving, nutrient rich soil I can. I don’t think I will get the planting done before Mother’s Day, which is usually my goal because of the rain and cold weather this week. There’s always Monday.

I am not going to complain about the rain, but I will complain about the weeds. They are going to be horrible this year. I can’t believe how much the shorter whitetop grew ALL winter—it’s about to take over one of my flowerbeds at home. If I can spare an hour or two this weekend, I am going to spray the heck out of everything. That doesn’t make me a bad person if I spray Glyphosphate. It really doesn’t.

Does anyone want to bet me $500 that the multi-purpose/hockey rink facility is going to be built? No matter what the bid? That it was always going to be built? I do have to wonder what would have happened if it had gone to a vote? You just have to wonder, don’t cha? You have to bet that it won’t be built!

I haven’t mentioned Society Hall for quite a while, but I have to tell you again how fabulous this event center is! It is so wonderful and awesome for Alamosa! Come on down to the store and get a schedule—bring your out-of-town visitors and show them how we live here in the Valley. Almost as good as the Sand Dunes, only different. Get out to the Dunes—I imagine the water is beginning to flow and the mosquitoes have yet to hatch!

Again Happy Mother’s Day!

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