The other day, a good friend of mine came to the office to propose something to myself and The Times' General Manager Lynne Llewellyn.
This proposal sounded like a terrific idea and is currently in the works.
While he was here, Marion "Sarge" Eveland dropped off some information and also asked me if my fiancee and I were planning our garden for the upcoming warmer temperatures.
Hmm. Initially, it sounded like a great idea. Another garden. Another possibility of vegetables grown in the backyard.
I would love to tell you she and I ate a plethora of radishes and tomatoes from the garden last year.
But that would not be the truth.
In fact, the garden was, for lack of a better term, a bust.
So, after "Sarge" asked me the question, I laughed out loud. To be honest, I'm not sure this is something we'll be working on this year.
We both tried last year and ended up with six radishes and two pumpkins, one of which was smaller than our beagle's head.
Not exactly the greatest luck, huh?
Still, I would love to have the time it would take to put together a great vegetable garden.
But alas, I am quite certain time will again not be on my side this year as we head into the planting season.
Friday afternoon, as Merry and I were preparing for an evening at the movies, I saw our neighbors outside, preparing their garden.
Unlike Merry and I, our neighbors had a fantastic garden last year.
And I'm pretty sure it will be another success this year.
But for she and I, again, time is not our friend, but rather, our enemy.
Still, I have a sneaky feeling that I'll be outside in the near future, planting until my hands are raw.
Tilling. Not exactly my favorite hobby.
In fact, I did this for the first time last year. I had never even turned a tiller on until our venture into gardening.
Needless to say, it was difficult.
But we have a spot in the backyard in case we decide to plant again this year.
It's not the largest garden, but it's big enough for the two of us.
I remember, vaguely, when I was a child and my parents and grandparents had gardens.
The plants grew and we had great vegetables for a few months.
But last year, six radishes and two pumpkins. An entire row of lima beans? Gone.
What about the corn? It started out fine, but it was also a lost cause.
I'm taking a hard stance on this one.
I think I'm going to find another hobby this summer to deal with.
Getting the pear tree ready for more fruit.
But I have a feeling I'm going to be asking our neighbor if we can borrow the tiller again.