The thread about obsessions other than purses got me thinking, and at first, I couldn't come up with any real ones (I get obsessed with a lot of things for short periods of time and then forget about them- my poor husband is hoping purses are one of them- poor guy doesn't realize that's been there since I was a child). But then I realize that I DO have one- it's just so ingrained that I don't recognize it as an obsession! Anyway, every spring since we bought our house four years ago, I start to get itchy to get outside and plant stuff. Last year I tried to plant enough vegetables that I didn't have to buy any at the store- which almost worked, except I got tired of eating tomatoes. I had no idea how many tomatoes you could get off of just 20 plants- my coworkers were sick of them too. I just ordered most of my seeds, and I can hardly wait to get started- this year, I'm helping my 2 1/2 year old with her own garden of strawberries and pumpkins, both of which she loves. I'm also planting lettuce and salad greens, herbs, spinach, swiss chard, tomatoes, peas, beans, watermelons, squash, potatoes, and anything else I can get my hands on. I've even currently got a crop of garlic, of all things, that's been growing all winter. Now, whether most of this stuff will grow (no luck with pumpkins last year) is anyone's guess, but I'm renewing my vow to not have to buy veggies at the grocery store if I can help it. I've even got the neighborhood children begging me to let them help- one kid's mom swore he hated veggies, but the kid was picking and eating peas and tomatoes straight off the vine last year. I had to promise them all they could help me plant this year. It's kind of my "relax and forget about work" time when I'm digging around in the dirt. My husband thinks I'm a dork- but I grew up on a small farm, and I miss it. So I've got my own miniature farm in the middle of suburbia. And I religiously go out an water and weed almost every day after I get home. It's just calming, somehow. Does anyone else do this? Or am I showing too much of my redneckish roots? Lol! Um, wow- this was a lot longer than I expected it to be. Sorry about that, and thanks for reading if you actually made it this far.