Tuesday, June 2, 2009


As I write this I am currently enjoying the effects of a nasty stomach virus that has spent the last month making this Erdman household quite miserable. I am the last to fall, and am hoping that it clears up quickly since I am planning on boarding a plane to Tahoe in 48 hours. The virus started with Camille and quickly moved to Matt, for them it lasted weeks, but then they have very immature and compromised immune systems, respectively.
Camille is finally better, but during the time that she was sick I started giving her big people food, anything that she would eat, I would give her because she was refusing her bottle and baby food. Now that she is healthy, she has become the smallest bottomless pit known to man. This is a big change for her, since she has had a tiny appetite since birth.
Seriously, I think I could feed her every minute of her waking hours and she would gladly eat it up. The kid has some weird taste, which definitely comes from her daddy. So far she has eaten all sorts of raw veggies and fruit including green peppers, raw yellow squash (from our garden!) and cucumbers (also from our garden!), but tomatoes are her favorite. She also loves kiefer and sour crout. The only thing she will not eat is apples, give that baby fermented cabbage any day, but NOT apples. Today I weighed her and she has put on three pounds in the last two weeks.
Yesterday I realized that my baby is only a few weeks from her 1st birthday. That thought took me by total surprise, it is a huge milestone and it seems to have swept up on us in a blink of an eye. Life seems so normal with her as a part of it, but this time last year I could not even imagine what one does day in and day out with a real live baby. Matt always tried to assure me that we would just take her home and keep her alive one day at a time. For some reason those weird words were comforting at the time. Parenting turned out to be much harder, more enjoyable, and dare I say natural than I ever thought possible. Okay, enough of that until a later date, I still have six weeks to reflect on this before the big day.

Camille is not the only thing growing in our life....at last...pictures of the garden!!!
I never knew how enjoyable it could be to grow your own food. It has also made me so much more aware of how what is put in the soil is what you put in your body. Especially things like potatoes, carrots, and onions. After this garden experience I do not think I will ever buy another non-organic root vegetable. We have been picking about thirty pounds (no seriously, we planted way too much) of squash out of the garden every other day. Yesterday we sampled our first cucumber, and the vine is bursting with the little guys just waiting to be transformed into pickles. I also jumped the gun and picked one of the acorn squash, just because it was so beautiful, and I could not wait another minute to have it in my hands. Both the Caffeys and the Erdmans are going to be out of town at the same time, so I am trying to find people to pick the garden and enjoy its wealth while we are gone. I almost feel like it is a beloved pet we are leaving behind.


Sherry Caffey said...

I so wish you would have gotten a close up picture of those beautiful peppers. They started out so puny that I thought they would wither and die,instead they have turned into beautiful pepper producing plants. I also love this gardening. Abundance is not bad, instead it is a blessing to others also.

Rachel said...

look at you and your two posts in two weeks! :)
PLEASE don't be sick! We are supposed to do fun things far away from toilets...
The garden looks beautiful...I have sooo much garden envy. (sigh)

Kim said...

I'm with you on the garden envy and I wish so bad I could get out to Tahoe this weekend. I miss you guys.

Jonathan Erdman said...

The garden looks incredible.

I love this line of yours: It has also made me so much more aware of how what is put in the soil is what you put in your body.

Tamie and I can't wait to see you guys; it's only about a month away!

Jonathan Erdman said...

I remember a few years back starting to kind of wake up from the typical American Consumeristic way of life by asking the simple question: where does all this trash go that we set outside on the curb?

Since we are so disconnected from the land and the earth, the disposable society is all we know. So, we wind up using and trashing so much more stuff than we need to. But, so much of it goes back to what you are talking about, about appreciating the food-growing process. When we can mentally (and physically!) connect the land to our food, then we are less cavalier about producing so much trash and pollutants.

Sarah Jo said...

I have two tiny (but promising tomoato plants :) that I'm proud of. Where do you guys live??